India is looking at vaccinating about 30 million people, including healthcare specialists, who are on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the first phase once protection against the viral disease becomes available, Union health ministry officials said.
The 30 million include 7 million doctors and paramedics, in addition to 20 million other frontline health workers, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on the sidelines of a Covid-19 media briefing.
A 14-year-old Indian-American teen from Texas has been awarded the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge, regarded as the US’ premier middle school science competition, and a $25,000 prize for her research that could provide a potential therapy to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Anika Chebrolu, an eighth grader from Texas’s Frisco, has developed a molecule that can bind to a certain protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and prevent it from functioning. As per the 3M Challenge website, Anika Chebrolu’s invention uses in-silico methodology for drug discovery to find a lead molecule that can selectively bind to the spike protein of the deadly virus in an attempt to find a cure for the pandemic.
The British government will be investing to start a “human challenge” in which researchers will infect young and healthy volunteers with Covid-19 to fastrack the coronavirus vaccine research. The AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine, which had suffered a setback with the illness of volunteer, may again resume trials in the US after over a month of wait.
The health ministry in India has meanwhile identified 3 crore healthcare workers who will be vaccinated in the first round. This includes around 70 lakh doctors and other essential worker