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The Djokovic case raises the question of the vaccination status of athletes



The joy of the world number one in tennis was short-lived. Tuesday, January 4, a smiling Novak Djokovic posed on the tarmac of an airport, ready to fly to Melbourne. The man with the 20 Grand Slam titles including nine on Australian soil – was pleased to have obtained a medical exemption to be able to play the Australian Open, from January 17 to 30. The Serb was disillusioned when he arrived at Melbourne airport the next day. After detaining the player for several hours, the Australian authorities finally canceled his visa, compromising his participation in the first Grand Slam tournament of the season.

“Mr. Djokovic did not provide the appropriate information to enter Australia”, explained Greg Hunt, the Australian Minister of Health, Wednesday evening. According to the local daily The Age, he would not have completed the correct form for the type of visa he requested. The decision of the Australian authorities comes in any case at the end of two days of imbroglio around the vaccination situation of Novak Djokovic. The Serbian player, openly hostile to vaccination, has never communicated on his vaccination status.

“The world has suffered enough like this not to follow the rules”

The vagueness surrounding the granting of a medical exemption to Novak Djokovic has not failed to revive the debate on the vaccination of athletes. “The only thing clear to me is that if you are vaccinated you can play the Australian Open and everywhere else. (…) I think that if Novak wanted it, he would play in Australia without problem ”, Rafael Nadal reacted on Thursday, on the sidelines of the Melbourne tournament in which he takes part, adding that “The world has suffered enough like this not to follow the rules.”

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If other renowned athletes, like Kylian Mbappé, have shown themselves to be fervent activists for vaccination, others have expressed their reluctance towards vaccines. This is the case with NBA superstar Kyrie Irving. Refusing to be vaccinated, the basketball player of the Brooklyn Nets has missed 35 games this season … before returning to the workforce at the request of his leaders.

A question of ethics

For their part, the Australian authorities do not seem willing to grant such a privilege to Novak Djokovic. Australian Prime Minister himself Scott Morisson demanded that the Serbian player provide the evidence justifying the exemption, otherwise “He will return home in the first plane”. “There will be no special rule for Novak Djokovic”, he insisted.

“The Australian government is sending a message to its people: the athlete, even if it is Djokovic, is a citizen who is subject to the same rules as the others”, observes William Gasparini, sociologist specializing in sports issues at the University of Strasbourg. “The particular health and political context of Melbourne also explains the attitude of the public authorities”, he adds. An exception would probably have been very badly perceived by the population in a city which, with more than 262 days of confinement, holds the world record in the matter.

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For the sociologist, vaccination is also a question of ethics: “We consider that high-level athletes, because of what they represent, have a duty to set an example. “ Proof that this exemplarity counts in the eyes of the public, Buffalo Bills player Cole Beasley was booed by his own supporters after publicly expressing his refusal to be vaccinated.

Vaccination pass

Ethical question or not, health measures are being reinforced all over the planet, tightening the noose around recalcitrant athletes. In France, the bill transforming the health pass into a vaccination pass was adopted at first reading on Thursday, January 6. “The obligation to present a vaccination pass is based on the place frequented, recalls Me Gautier Kertudo, lawyer specializing in sports law. Therefore, it applies in the same way to athletes and supporters. “

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However, exceptions could exist with regard to certain sporting events. According to The Parisian, a tournament like Roland-Garros could set up a “Strict sanitary bubble” rather than requiring a full immunization schedule from participating athletes. An exemption that would save Novak Djokovic a lot of trouble. For now, the Serbian champion has obtained a suspension of his expulsion from Australian territory. The player should be fixed on his fate on Monday January 10, date of the hearing.

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Vaccination: Children can register for the vaccine without mobile support, learn the whole process


Highlights:

  • Children between the ages of 15 and 18 can be vaccinated.
  • Registration can be done with the help of CoWIN portal.
  • College ID can be used for registration.

New Delhi: Vaccination for children in the age group of 15 to 18 years will start soon across the country. It will be possible to register for this from January 1, and the vaccine will be available from January 3. Registration can be done directly online or by visiting the vaccination center. From January 1, the CoWIN portal can be used for online registration.

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Students who do not have Aadhar card or other identity card can also register through Student ID card. At present, children between the ages of 15 and 18 can only get the Covaxin vaccine. Therefore, only Covaxin vaccine slots can be booked when booking slots.

The process of booking a Covid-19 vaccine slot for children is quite simple. Vaccine slots are booked for adults as well as for children. For this you have to go to CoWIN portal (cowin.gov.in).

You have to register or sign in here. Children can also use a parent’s mobile number to book a slot. Aadhaar or Student ID card can be used for registration.

After registration, students can search the nearest immunization center. State, district and zip codes can be used to search vaccination centers. If the slot is down you can book and go to the center on the day of the appointment and get vaccinated.

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How important is the mask after taking both doses of the vaccine, know the opinion of experts


No clear rules on masks for both doses 
In many parts of the US, it has been allowed not to wear masks after taking both doses of the vaccine. Due to people doing this on a large scale, California again issued an order to apply masks. However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet taken a similar approach. National Nurses United has called on the CDC to reconsider. Peter Chin-hong, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, has said that there is clear evidence that Kovid-19 can be transmitted even after full vaccination. The CDC is studying these figures closely. Therefore, as a precaution, people should wear masks. However, no guidelines have been issued regarding the wearing of masks for both doses. 

First dose delta variant at risk
In the US, 60 percent of the population over the age of 18 has been fully vaccinated. But everyone has doubts about the Delta variant. Preliminary data suggests that increased exposure to delta-like variants may increase the risk of infection in people who have received the first dose of the vaccine. For example, one study found that a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine had only 34 percent effectiveness against symptomatic disease compared to the delta version, compared to 51 percent in the older alpha version. On the other hand, according to data from Scotland and many other countries, the Pfizer vaccine after two doses provides strong protection against the delta variant. In preliminary studies in Canada and England, researchers found 93 percent effectiveness against the alpha version and 88 percent against the delta version.

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Vi’s customers will now be able to book slots for vaccines from the ‘Ya’ app


Highlights:

  • Special facility for Vi customers.
  • Vaccine slots can be booked by the company’s customers.
  • VI App can be used to book slots.

New Delhi: Telecom company Vi (Vodafone Idea) has announced that its customers will now be able to book slots for the COVID-19 vaccine through the Vi app. VI has integrated the CoWIN app on its platform to provide this facility to its customers. Features like booking slots and setting reminders will be available through the VI app. Users can put age, vaccine name, etc. filters on the app to search the slot.

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Vi has announced that now prepaid and postpaid customers can book slots through the VI App on both Android and iOS platforms. Customers can easily search the slot by filtering it by name, age, dose, free / paid and vaccine name.

How to book slots from Vi app?

  • VI has provided an easy way to book a vaccine slot. To do this, first open the Vi app in the phone.
  • Then click on Get Yourself Vaccinated Today.
  • Now users have to enter the location to search the slot. This will include district, state and pincode information.
  • Now users have to enter age group like 18-44 / 45 +. This is followed by the first dose or the second, which vaccine is needed Covishield / Covaxin / Sputnik V and free key pad filters. After that they will get information about the slot.
  • After all the filters have been applied, the date of vaccination has to be selected.
  • All information will then be redirected directly to the CoWIN portal.

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Delta Variant Has The Ability To Dodge Both Immunity And Vaccines – Research


The highly infectious delta variant (B.1.617.2) of Kovid-19 found for the first time in India is capable of dodging infection immunity and vaccine. Due to which this corona has the potential to cause repeated infections in the patient. According to experts, the delta variant is constantly changing its form and its mutations are highly contagious. It produces a very high number of viral infections in people and spreads rapidly.

The Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) has prepared this study in collaboration with the Gupta Lab of Cambridge University. This study has been prepared on the basis of the spread of infection of this delta variant among healthcare workers in three cities of the country and how it reacts against antibodies. Also, the effect of this virus on human cells, especially on the lungs, has also been made the basis of this. Prior to this, a research on the corona virus in Scotland claimed that the delta variant caused the most damage during the second wave of infection in India.

The delta variant has an extreme ability to trick the immune system

IGIB director Dr Rajesh Pandey said, “Lab research shows that the delta variant has a high ability to trick the immune system. It spreads very rapidly and healthcare workers are exposed to both doses of the vaccine. Even after that, it is the main reason for infection. At the same time, he said, “We need to be very cautious about this, especially at present when cases of its other form Delta Plus are also emerging rapidly. However, to what extent it is capable of dodging immunity, it is not yet known. Nothing can be said.”

According to the Gupta Lab of Cambridge University, “In our research, we have come to know that the delta variant of the corona spreads more rapidly as well as has a greater ability to dodge the immunity built after the earlier infection in the body. We are now clear. The figures cannot be given, but during the second wave in Mumbai, the delta variant spread 10 to 40 percent faster than the previous variant, and in 20 to 55 percent of the cases, antibodies formed after other viruses also proved ineffective in front of it. happened.”

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Moscow strain raises concern in Russia


Once again the outbreak of Corona epidemic is increasing rapidly in Russia. Especially in Moscow. Now it is being said that the new mutant of corona virus is responsible for this. It is not known that a new variant of the corona virus has arrived in Moscow, the capital of Russia. That’s why it has also come to be called the Moscow strain. Scientists at The Gamalea National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia are now finding out whether the Sputnik V vaccine is effective against this new variant. The Gamalya National Center has developed the Sputnik V vaccine for the corona virus in Russia.

Vaccine not effective on Moscow strain
Gamalaya deputy director Denis Logunov said that we are now reviewing the rapidly growing corona case in Moscow. He said that the cases are increasing rapidly and it seems that the Moscow strain has come right here in Moscow. That’s why it has also come to be called Moscow virus. In Russia’s capital Moscow, there has been a more than double increase in the cases of corona in the last week, for which the new strain is being held responsible.

Five and a half thousand new cases in a day in Moscow
However, till now very little is known about the new strain. But Alexander Gintsburg, head of Gamlaya, believes that the Sputnik vaccine may not affect the new strain. On Wednesday, a total of 13,397 new cases of corona were reported in Russia, out of which 5782 cases were found only in Moscow. In view of the increasing case of Corona, the vaccine campaign in Russia has been intensified. The Moscow administration has announced that all staff engaged in public works will need to be vaccinated. So far only 12 percent of the people in Russia have got the vaccine.

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Freezers For Sputnik V : Dr Reddy’s Laboratory to procure 750 freezers for Sputnik V


The dose of Russian vaccine Sputnik (Sputnik V) will be given to the common people in the country from next week at Apollo Hospital. But Dr Reddy’s Laboratories does not have enough freezer to store the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. For this, Dr Reddy Laboratory has tied up with Rockwell Industries, a well-known Hyderabad company. Under the agreement, Rockwell Industries will provide 750 freezers to Dr Reddy’s Laboratory to store the Sputnik vaccine. Rockwell Industries is a well-known company manufacturing commercial cold chain appliances.

Dr Reddy’s Laboratory is distributing Sputnik Vaccine all over the world
Under the agreement, Rockwell Industries will supply 750 vaccine freezers to hospitals and institutions in different parts of the country. Earlier, Dr Reddy Laboratory had tied up with Russian Direct Investment Fund of Russia under which the Sputnik V vaccine is to be distributed globally. Dr Reddy’s Laboratory will supply 25 million doses of Sputnik vaccine all over the world. On 14 May, Dr Reddy announced that a limited pilot plan was carried out to launch the Sputnik V in India. This was followed by a test campaign for its commercial distribution in June. In this apart from cold chain, other capabilities required for the vaccine were investigated.

The vaccine will be safe in the freezer under all circumstances
Freezer has the most important role in the maintenance of Sputnik vaccine. A temperature of -18°C is required for the Sputnik V to function properly. Rockwell has said that the freezer is being manufactured according to the World Health Organization’s standard for Sputnik. It is being made in such a way that the vaccine is not harmed under any circumstances and it remains stable and retains its capabilities. Rockwell said that when the vaccine is taken in the freezer even under favorable conditions in the village, nothing will happen to it.

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172 million people in India have received at least one dose of Kovid vaccine, ahead of USA in this matter


The central government said on Friday that so far 17.2 crore people in the country have received at least one dose of the Kovid vaccine. With this, we have now come first in this matter, leaving America behind. So far 169 million people in America have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Along with this, the central government has said that all necessary efforts are being made to improve and speed up the supply of vaccine.

According to Dr VK Paul, member of NITI Aayog, “172 crore people in the country have received at least one dose of the Kovid vaccine so far. We have now overtaken the US in this matter. We are slowly in the matter of vaccination.” We are doing better which is a matter of relief. In the coming days, it will be our endeavor to take this vaccination campaign forward more rapidly across the country.” At the same time, he said that, our first priority is to vaccinate that group first, which is most affected by corona and people above 45 years of age come in it. Dr VK Paul urged all the states of the country to pay special attention to vaccination of people above 45 years of age.

In India, 4.4 crore people have taken both doses.

However, if we look at the proportion of population, so far only 12.6 percent people in India have received at least one dose of Kovid vaccine. At the same time, 50.6 percent of the people of America have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Also, 137 million people of America have been given both doses of the vaccine. At the same time, only 4.4 crore people in India have received both doses of the vaccine. Let us tell you that the total population of America is about 33 crores and it started its vaccination campaign a month before India. At the same time, the population of India is about 138 crores.

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From August, biological E vaccine will also be available in the country, the government has given 1500 crores in advance.


Dark Horse Company will prove to be Biologic-E
Biological E Company’s reputation is very good. The company is already working with four vaccines including Johnson & Johnson. The research done on these four vaccines will be useful on its own vaccine. That’s why Forbes magazine has called it India’s dark horse (unexpected winner). The magazine wrote in its December 2020 issue that the company has done a great job with its tireless efforts in the field of vaccine manufacturing.

On June 1, the company said in its statement that Biologics has partnered with Providence Therapeutics Holdings, a Canadian company, to transfer technology to manufacture mRNA vaccines in India. The company aims to manufacture one billion vaccines. The company will prepare 600 million vaccines by 2022. 

Third Phase Clinical Trial 
The Union Health Ministry issued a statement on Thursday, saying that the Kovid-19 vaccine of Biological-E is currently undergoing Phase III clinical trials. Better results were found in the first and second clinical trials. The vaccine has been developed by Biological-E on  mRNA technology, which is RBD protein sub-unit vaccine. It is likely that its trials will be completed during June-July and the approval of the government regulator will also be received. After this, its use in vaccination will start from August.

First indigenous vaccine manufacturer in private sector 
Biological E is a reputed company of Hyderabad which was started in 1953 by Dr. DVK Raju. Initially it used to manufacture medicines related to liver and anticoagulants. In 1963, it started manufacturing heparin to prevent blood clotting and became the first private sector vaccine manufacturer. Since then the credibility of Biological E is famous in the country and abroad. It manufactures anti-tetanus serum and vaccine for  Japanese Encephalitis. By 2025, the company has set a target to become the largest vaccine manufacturer in the country. Mahima Datala is presently the Managing Director of the company.

Till now the story of the vaccine in India  
First of all, the CM Institute of India’s vaccine Kovishield became available in the country for Kovid-19. After that Bharat Biotech made available Covaxin. The first foreign vaccine Sputnik came to India and now Pfizer’s vaccine will also be available in July. From August, India will get the fifth vaccine biological E key. The manufacturing of Sputnik vaccine will also start in the country from August. Meanwhile, CM Institute of India has sought license for the production of Sputnik vaccine. Five companies are going to make Sputnik vaccine in the country. Now Serum Institute has also shown interest in this.

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Good news amidst lack of vaccine, Pfizer vaccine may come to the country next month


Pfizer’s US vaccine may arrive in the country next month. The government has decided to relax regulatory legal hurdles in this direction. In fact, Pfizer had sought relaxation in compensation regulators. It is now agreed in the government that it should be given this exemption. Such exemptions are sought by the company from all countries including America where the vaccine is to be supplied. If Pfizer’s vaccine gets government approval, it will be the fourth vaccine in India. Earlier, Coveshield, Covaxin and Sputnik vaccine of Russia are being given to the people of India.

Government and company agreement
According to the news published in TOI, the final agreement is yet to be done between the Indian government and the US company regarding the compensation and procurement process, but a consensus has been reached on the purchase of the vaccine from both sides. According to sources, the government can provide complete exemption in compensation. Pfizer has received exemptions for such limited use from the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency UK, the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency Japan. Along with this, Pfizer’s vaccine has also got a place in the WHO emergency list.

The company can send five crore doses
According to a report, Pfizer had talked about giving 50 million doses to India between July and October. Significantly, in the past, American company Pfizer had said that it is ready to provide 50 million vaccines in 2021 itself, but it wants big relaxation in some regulatory conditions including compensation. This American company has indicated to provide 50 million vaccines this year. In this, one crore vaccines will be made available in July, one crore in August and two crore in September and one crore in October. The company has said that it will only talk to the Indian government and the vaccines will have to be paid by the Indian government to Pfizer India.

Which discount company
In fact, Pfizer has sought protection regarding the possible side effects of the vaccine, which has been agreed in the Government of India. A decision on this will be taken soon. Usually, if any kind of side effects come to the fore regarding any medicine or vaccine, then the company is charged damages. But the vaccine has been prepared in a hurry, so vaccine manufacturers need exemption from it. This type of exemption was sought by Pfizer in all the countries, including the US, where its vaccine has been supplied.

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