FDA lifts hold on Covaxin’s clinical trials in US; Germany orders 40,000 vaccine doses as precaution against Monkeypox: Top Updates

Researchers say that both these sub-variants are responsible for the latest surge of Covid-19 infections in Europe as well as the US

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The latest data by the World Health Organisation says that there have been 131 confirmed cases n monkeypox infections outside Africa. The health boy, however, adds that the latest outbreak of the virus is still in the ‘containable’ phase.

Moderna Inc is testing potential vaccines against monkeypox in pre-clinical trials as the disease spreads in the United States and Europe. The World Health Organization said on Tuesday there have been 131 confirmed monkeypox cases and 106 further suspected cases since the first was reported on May 7 outside the countries where it usually spreads.

Meanwhile, in India, states authorities are on alert and have begun the precautionary measures. The Kerala Health Department is gearing up to conduct a three-day COVID-19 vaccination drive exclusively for children from May 25.The objective of the drive was to vaccinate as many children as possible in view of the reopening of the schools next month after summer vacation, state health minister Veena George said on Tuesday.

In Mumbai, a ward dedicated to monkeypox patients has been set up. While Rajasthan says that it will now begin screening the flyers. Tamil Nadu has also put the local health officials on alert. India so far remains monkeypox-free at the moment.

Regarding the possible causes of the ooutbreak in the European countries, a health official at the WHO says that it is possible that the rare virus was spread via sexual tranmission during a ‘rave’ party.

Monkeypox is a usually mild viral infection that is endemic in parts of west and central Africa. It spreads chiefly through close contact, and until the recent outbreak has only rarely been seen in other parts of the world. The majority of the recent cases have been reported in Europe.

On the other hand, the Covid situation remains under control. After a gap of five days, India reported less than 2,000 cases. the Covid fatalities also dropped below 40. In China, situation is still worrisome.

(With agency inputs)

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