India sees a slight drop in the count, registers 42,618 cases in 24 hours; Italy could demand jabs amid anti-vaxxers protests

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: In the past 24 hours, India has registered 42,618 new cases of Covid-19, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The KEM hospital and research center in Vadu, Maharashtra have all prepared to start recruiting minors and children for the Phase II and III clinical trials of the Covid-19 Covovax vaccine from Monday. The Italian Prime Minister has announced that his government may make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory, sparking a feud in the country which has seen a recent increase in anti-vaccine protests and violence.

In 2020, vaccine maker Novovax Inc announced a licensing agreement with maker Covishield-Serum Institute of India (SII) for the development and commercialization of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373, or Covovax, in countries low and middle income. , including India. The process of vaccinating Covovax in adults during clinical trials has been completed, but for now other requirements, such as collection of immunogenicity data are pending, The Indian Express (IE) reported.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has said that all Italians of eligible age may soon be required to be vaccinated, as soon as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gives conditional approval for four vaccines. Protesting the vaccine, anti-vaccines have in recent days sent death threats to members of government, virologists, health officials and journalists, because of their pro-vax positions.

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