ICMR to start national sero surveys to assess Covid-19 spread, says Health Ministry

ICMR to start national sero surveys to assess Covid-19 spread, says Health Ministry

The Ministry on Friday said there has been 8% decline in daily cases since highest peak reported on May 7. The ministry, in its press briefing, also mentioned that the weekly Covid-19 positivity rate has declined by 74% since the highest such rate was reported at 21.6% between April 30-May 6.

The US’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday rejected emergency use authorisation for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine, instead recommending that the vaccine manufacturer’s US partner apply for biologics licence application (BLA), PTI reported. BLA is a “full approval” mechanism by the FDA for drugs and vaccines.

The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that issues raised in the pleas, seeking directions for ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4,00,000 to the families of those who have died of Covid-19, are "genuine" and are under consideration of the government.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, requested a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and M R Shah to give him some time so that he can file a reply on the pleas. "The issues are genuine and are being attended to. If the court will grant me some time, I will file a reply," Mehta told the bench.

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