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WHO Removes Remdesivir From List of COVID-19 Medicines

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that it has suspended Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir, which was touted as COVID-19 treatment, from its prequalification list—- an official list of medicines used as a benchmark for procurement by developing countries.

In an emailed response to news agency Reuters, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said,”Yes we have suspended it from the PQ (prequalification list). The suspension is a signal to countries that WHO, in compliance with the treatment guidelines, does not recommend countries procure the drug for COVID

Earlier on Friday, the WHO had warned that the antiviral drug remdesivir should not be used to treat COVID patients, no matter how ill they are as there is no evidence it works

 

 

 

 

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CycloneTauktae Indian Navy rescues 132 people onboard extremely challenging sea conditions miles from Mumbai Cost

The Indian Navy has rescued 132 people on board a barge that went adrift in the Arabia Sea near Mumbai hours before a very severe cyclonic storm with winds gusting up to 185 km per hour made landfall on the Gujarat coast, an official said on Tuesday.

The Navy had deployed three of its frontline warships after receiving messages to rescue 410 people on board two barges off the Mumbai coast on Monday.

The ships deployed to extend assistance to the two barges were INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Talwar. A Total of 132 persons from Barge P305 have been rescued in extremely challenging sea conditions,” a Navy spokesperson said on Tuesday morning.

The Search and Rescue (SAR) operations continued through the night for the remaining crew, he said.

In a separate effort, INS Kolkata rescued two survivors from the life raft of vessel Vara Prabha, and joined INS Kochi for the SAR of Barge P305 crew,” he said.

Gal Constructor, another barge with 137 persons onboard has been adrift off the Colaba Point, eight nautical miles from Mumbai coast due to engine trouble, he said

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Alexandria Ocasio Cortez US legislator calls Israel an ‘apartheid state’

US progressive Alexandria Ocasio Cortez has called Israel an “apartheid state” amid the ongoing bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the US House of Representatives, is part of a cadre of progressive legislators who have been increasingly critical of US support for Israel and have called for the administration of President Joe Biden to take a harder line amid the most recent escalation.

I don’t care how any spokesperson tries to spin this,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Saturday along with a video of an Israeli air strike demolishing a building that had house media offices, including those of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press.

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WHO declares Indian coronavirus double variant ‘of concern’

A Covid-19 variant first identified in India last year has been classified by the World Health Organisation as a “variant of global concern” with some preliminary studies showing its increased transmissibility and resistance to vaccines.

The B.1.617 variant — first found in India — is the fourth to be classified by WHO as being of global concern. The other variants included those identified in Britain, South Africa, and Brazil.p

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on Covid-19, said on Monday: “We are classifying this as a variant of concern at a global level. There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility.”

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Astronauts safely returned to earth after Space Station Mission

Four astronauts splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday, completing NASA’s first commercial crew, long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station. The return comes nearly six months after the crew members arrived at the microgravity laboratory and also marks the longest-duration mission of a crewed American spacecraft to date.

 

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, carrying NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, returned to Earth in a parachute-assisted splashdown at 2:56 a.m. EDT off the coast of Panama City, Florida. Crews aboard SpaceX recovery vessels successfully recovered the spacecraft and astronauts. After returning to shore, the astronauts will fly back to Houston.

 

“Welcome home Victor, Michael, Shannon, and Soichi, and congratulations to the teams at NASA and SpaceX who worked so hard to ensure their safe and successful splashdown,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, who was confirmed by the Senate to serve as NASA Administrator on April 29. “We’ve accomplished another incredible spaceflight for America and our commercial and international partners. Safe, reliable transportation to the International Space Station is exactly the vision that NASA had when the agency embarked on the commercial crew program.”

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US President JoeBiden spoke with Indian PM Modi

US President JoeBiden spoke with Indian Prime Minister Modi  pledged America’s full support to provide emergency assistance and resources in the fight against COVID-19. India was there for us, and we will be there for them.

 

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India records single day rise of 3,52,991 new COVID cases 2,812 Deaths

India on Monday recorded 3,52,991 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 2,812 deaths due to the infection. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry, the country saw a total of 2,19,272 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery toll to 1,43,04,382. The total cases of COVID-19 in India have now mounted to 1,73,13,163, with 28,13,658 active cases, the data showed.

The total cases of COVID-19 in India have now mounted to 1,73,13,163, with 28,13,658 active cases, the data showed. The total death toll in the country is now at 1,95,123. A total of 14,19,11,223 people have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in India.

Meanwhile, as many as 551 dedicated pressure swing adsorption medical oxygen generation plants will be set up inside public health facilities across the country under the PM Cares Fund, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi directing that they should be made functional as soon as possible, officials said.

The prime minister on Sunday said the second wave of COVID-19 is testing people’s capacity to endure pain and has shaken the country which was full of enthusiasm and self-confidence after successfully tackling the first wave.

 

“The government of India is applying its entire might to give a fillip to endeavours of state governments. The state governments too are trying their best to fulfil their responsibilities,” he said in his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast and appealed to all again to get vaccinated.

From May 1, while those aged 18 to 44 years will be eligible to receive the vaccination on payment from any of the private COVID vaccination centres (CVCs), they shall also be eligible to receive a jab from a government CVC in a state or Union Territory which decides to lower the minimum cut off age for eligibility for the free shots.

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Forty Nine passengers on India Hong Kong flight test positive for COVID

More than 49 passengers on a flight from New Delhi to Hong Kong have tested positive for COVID-19, authorities said on Tuesday, as a two-week ban on all flights from India, as well as Pakistan and the Philippines took effect.

All of the passengers who tested positive flew into Hong Kong on a flight run by Indian operator Vistara on April 4.

The positive tests are significant as Hong Kong has been recording fewer daily cases than the total detected on the flight since it brought a fourth wave under control in January.

 

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President Joe Biden & Vice President Harris met with Asian Pacific American Caucus leaders

President Joe Biden and Vice President Harris met with Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus leaders in the Oval Office. President says We doubled down on our commitment to combat anti-Asian hate and discussed working together on everything from the American Jobs Plan to immigration.

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China opens its lines to multi billion dollar gold imports

China has allowed homegrown and global banks to bring a lot of gold into the country, five sources acquainted with the matter said, possibly assisting with supporting gold costs following a months-in length decrease.

China is the world’s greatest gold purchaser, eating up many tons worth huge number of dollars every year, except its imports plunged as the Covid spread and nearby interest evaporated.

With China’s economy bouncing back emphatically since the second 50% of a year ago, its craving for gold gems, bars and coins has likewise recuperated, and since January homegrown costs have been higher than worldwide benchmark rates, making it beneficial to import bullion. GOL/AS

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the country’s national bank, controls how much gold enters China through an arrangement of portions given to business banks. It for the most part permits sufficient metal in to fulfill neighborhood interest yet here and there confines the stream.