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SpaceX sends 2 NASA astronauts to International Space Station in historic mission, first private Co. to do so

Washington: Scripting a historic chapter in the history of US space programme, Elon Musk-run SpaceX on Saturday sent two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) onboard the reusable Falcon 9 rocket. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley was on its way to the orbiting laboratory in the […]

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GSK to produce 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine booster next year

London: Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline on Thursday said it plans to produce 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine adjuvant, an ingredient that makes vaccines work better, in 2021 to support multiple Covid-19 vaccine collaborations. Saying that it has started manufacture of the adjuvant at risk, the company added that it was in discussions with governments and […]

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Biocon gets approval for use of CytoSorb to treat critical COVID-19 patients

New Delhi: Biocon Biologics has received DCGI approval for emergency use of CytoSorb to treat critical COVID-19 patients. The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) had recently approved CytoSorb for emergency use in COVID-19 patients. Biocon Ltd. announced on Wednesday that its subsidiary Biocon Biologics has received the Drugs Controller General of India’s (DCGI) approval for […]

Indian Immunologicals working on Covid-19 vaccine

Hyderabad: Leading vaccine maker Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL) is developing a vaccine for coronavirus in a cross-continental collaboration. It is leading the cross-continental research collaboration in association with the Griffith University of Australia to develop ‘live attenuated SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine or Covid-19 vaccine’ using the latest codon de-optimization technology. K. Anand Kumar, Managing Director, IIL and […]

Bharat Biotech, Thomas Jefferson varsity to work on Covid vaccine

Hyderabad: Leading vaccine maker Bharat Biotech on Wednesday announced that it has signed an exclusive deal with Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia to develop a new vaccine candidate for Covid-19 invented at Jefferson. The novel vaccine was developed using an existing deactivated rabies vaccine as a vehicle for coronavirus proteins. This is in part because […]

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‘An antibody has demonstrated its ability to completely block SARS-CoV-2 infection of healthy cells’: Announces US-based Sorrento Therapeutics

San Francisco: US-based Sorrento Therapeutics has announced that an antibody has demonstrated its ability to completely block SARS-CoV-2 infection of healthy cells in preclinical laboratory experiments. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. The results on Friday showed that Sorrento’s anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody, STI-1499, completely neutralised the virus infectivity at a very low antibody dose, […]

Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate protects monkeys in trial

London: An experimental vaccine developed by researchers at Oxford University has shown promise in preventing COVID-19, according to a small trial in six monkeys. The vaccine candidate, ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, is currently being tested in humans too. Over 1,000 volunteers have participated in the clinical trials. The results of the trial in six rhesus macaque monkeys […]