COVID-19 vaccine: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

What is Emergency Use Authorization?

Published: December 3, 2020

Recently, several drug makers are seeking Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer had applied for the EUA in UK and has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency of the country. Also, the Serum Institute of India and Moderna have also applied for the Emergency Use Authorisation of COVID-19 ..

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Mission COVID Suraksha launched

Published: November 30, 2020

The Government of India recently launched Mission COVID Suraksha to accelerate development of vaccine in the country. It will ensure that the vaccines being developed are brought closer to the market. The mission was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on November 12, 2020 as a part of 12 announcements made under Atma Nirbhar Bharat ..

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What is mRNA Technology used in COVID-19 vaccines for the first time?

Published: November 17, 2020

On November 16, 2020, Moderna, a US Biotech firm announced that its COVID-19 vaccines are 94.5% effective. The announcement comes in days after Pfizer released results showing 90% effectiveness in its own vaccine. Both the companies use mRNA technology in their vaccines. This is the first time the mRNA technology is being used to create ..

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India-Bangladesh sign MoU on COVID-19 Vaccine

Published: November 5, 2020

On November 5, 2020, the Government of Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Serum Institute of India for priority delivery of 3 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses. This COVISHIELD Vaccines was developed by AstraZeneca and University of Oxford. Highlights According to the agreement, initially 1.5 crore people will be vaccinated as each person requires ..

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“IITM COVID Game” developed by IIT Madras to create awareness

Published: November 2, 2020

The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras has developed “IITM COVID Game” to create awareness about the COVID-19 virus. The game mainly focuses on children. Highlights The Game is a browser-based software and can be played on any device. It is available in 12 different Indian languages such as Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Oriya, Marathi, Malayalam, ..

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