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Covaxin's 50 pc efficacy adequate for Covid, say experts

Covaxin's 50 pc efficacy adequate for Covid, say experts

Rediff.com1 days ago

The decline in the effectiveness of Covaxin, India's indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, from 77.8 per cent to 50 per cent during a Delta-driven case surge in April and May this year is neither bad nor surprising, say scientists.

Xi talks tough with Biden, says China can't be stopped; warns him over Taiwan

Xi talks tough with Biden, says China can't be stopped; warns him over Taiwan

Rediff.com16 Nov 2021

The highly-anticipated summit, which began early Tuesday, is the third engagement between Xi, 68, and Biden, 78, since February.

'Vaccine Must Go To Older People First'

'Vaccine Must Go To Older People First'

Rediff.com9 Nov 2021

'At the current time, we should be vaccinating all those who are potentially going to get more severe illness, before we start vaccinating very young individuals.'

China reports over 100 Covid cases amid virus spike

China reports over 100 Covid cases amid virus spike

Rediff.com3 Nov 2021

China's National Health Commission said on Wednesday that 93 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 16 new imported cases were reported on Tuesday, the highest in a single day in recent weeks.

Australia formally recognises India's Covaxin

Australia formally recognises India's Covaxin

Rediff.com1 Nov 2021

Australia's medicines and medical devices regulator on Monday formally recognised India's Covaxin, a vaccine against the coronavirus as the country's border was reopened for the first time in nearly 20 months.

Beijing marks 100 days to Winter Olympics amid COVID, rights concerns

Beijing marks 100 days to Winter Olympics amid COVID, rights concerns

Rediff.com27 Oct 2021

With 100 days until the start of the Winter Olympics, Beijing is promising a "simple and safe" 2022 Games - although preparations are anything but simple as China readies to host thousands of athletes and personnel as it battles COVID-19 flare-ups.

Bhutan-China Treaty: Setback For India

Bhutan-China Treaty: Setback For India

Rediff.com19 Oct 2021

Thimpu apparently didn't think it necessary to take Delhi into confidence. Bhutan is loathe to getting dragged into the geopolitical rivalry between India and China. And for Beijing, this was too good an opportunity to be missed to thumb its nose at the powers-that-be in Delhi, points out Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

China Focus of Modi-Biden, Quad Summits

China Focus of Modi-Biden, Quad Summits

Rediff.com25 Sep 2021

The bilateral and Quad summits, in which Prime Minister Modi played a significant role, has sent the right message to China, observes Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Modi, Biden hail Indo-US cooperation in fighting Covid

Modi, Biden hail Indo-US cooperation in fighting Covid

Rediff.com25 Sep 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Joe Biden have expressed 'deep pride' and appreciation about their nations' close cooperation to fight the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, as they noted that all sections of the society were mobilised in unprecedented ways to share emergency relief supplies during each country's times of need.

What Did Modi's Washington Visit Achieve?

What Did Modi's Washington Visit Achieve?

Rediff.com25 Sep 2021

The only thing that may salvage Narendra Modi's trip to the US is his meetings with CEOs, such as those of Blackstone, First Solar, Qualcomm, Adobe, and General Atomics, asserts Rajeev Srinivasan.

Talks, cooperation key to solve disputes among countries: Xi at UNGA

Talks, cooperation key to solve disputes among countries: Xi at UNGA

Rediff.com22 Sep 2021

Amidst escalating tension in ties with the US, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday said that disputes among countries 'need to be handled through dialogue and cooperation' and urged world leaders to eschew 'confrontation and exclusion.'

Govt developing multi-variant Covid-19 vaccine

Govt developing multi-variant Covid-19 vaccine

Rediff.com14 Sep 2021

Government institutions and pharma industry are examining if a 'cocktail' approach to making a multi-variant Covid-19 vaccine works against multiple strains of the ever-mutating virus, reports Sohini Das.

India-US Military Alliance Against China?

India-US Military Alliance Against China?

Rediff.com4 Sep 2021

We do not know, because there has been no discussion, no transparency and most likely no real thinking on this matter at our end, observes Aakar Patel.

US intel says Covid not a bio-weapon, unsure about its origins

US intel says Covid not a bio-weapon, unsure about its origins

Rediff.com28 Aug 2021

The United States intelligence community has failed to reach any firm conclusion on the exact origin of COVID-19 and is split on whether it leaked from a lab in China or emerged in nature, even though it does not believe the virus was developed as a biological weapon, according to results of a detailed review ordered by President Joe Biden.

Covid patients' symptoms persist for a year: Lancet study

Covid patients' symptoms persist for a year: Lancet study

Rediff.com27 Aug 2021

The research on 1,276 patients from Wuhan, China, shows that around one in three people still experienced shortness of breath after 12 months, while lung impairments persisted in some patients, especially those who had experienced the most severe illness with Covid-19.

Covid second wave not over yet: Dr Guleria

Covid second wave not over yet: Dr Guleria

Rediff.com13 Aug 2021

The second wave of Coronavirus pandemic is not yet over and the third wave depends on the Covid-19 appropriate behaviour by the people, said Randeep Guleria, the Director of Delhi AIIMS, on Friday.

Wuhan to test all residents as COVID cases emerge after a year

Wuhan to test all residents as COVID cases emerge after a year

Rediff.com3 Aug 2021

The city, which reported the first case of COVID-19 in late 2019, has also upgraded its epidemic response measure, locking down the area where local COVID-19 infections have been reported while upgrading its risk levels, Chinese state media Global Times reported.

Does Biden trust India?

Does Biden trust India?

Rediff.com29 Jul 2021

The Blinken visit indicated that the Biden administration is still somewhat tentative about the specifics of its relations with India, observes Ambassador T P Sreenivasan, who has served multiple stints at India's embassy in Washington, DC.

China goes on offensive against US at bilateral talks

China goes on offensive against US at bilateral talks

Rediff.com26 Jul 2021

Talks between Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to improve the relations got off on a rough note at the northeastern Chinese port city of Tianjin, with Xie launching a blistering attack on Washington, accusing it of being the "owner of coercive diplomacy".

India's 1st COVID patient tests positive again

India's 1st COVID patient tests positive again

Rediff.com13 Jul 2021

It was on January 30, 2020 that the third year medical student from Wuhan university tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the country's first COVID-19 patient, days after she had returned home following semester holidays.

Why is NCDC not in the centre of managing the Covid-19 crisis?

Why is NCDC not in the centre of managing the Covid-19 crisis?

Rediff.com12 Jul 2021

'We have the technical expertise, and international collaborations. We also have robust real-time data. We are a university of pandemic management. If the ministry neglects the role of NCDC, it is the loss of the country'

Zika adds to Kerala woes as it struggles with rising Covid cases

Zika adds to Kerala woes as it struggles with rising Covid cases

Rediff.com11 Jul 2021

After winning accolades for its 'Kerala model' of combating the contagion about a year ago, the state is now seeing daily fresh cases between 12,000 to 15,000 with no end in sight to the 'prolonged surge', as some experts put it.

Meet Wimbledon champion Ash Barty

Meet Wimbledon champion Ash Barty

Rediff.com10 Jul 2021

World number one Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title for 41 years on Saturday when she defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova in the final.

Recent evidence points to natural origin of Covid: Report

Recent evidence points to natural origin of Covid: Report

Rediff.com6 Jul 2021

The same team of scientists had last year dismissed the lab leak idea as a conspiracy theory in a report also published in The Lancet.

Wimbledon PIX: Djokovic, Barty advance; Jabeur makes history

Wimbledon PIX: Djokovic, Barty advance; Jabeur makes history

Rediff.com5 Jul 2021

Images from Day 7 of the 2021 Wimbledon at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in London, on Monday.

Delta variant 8 times less sensitive to vaccines: Study

Delta variant 8 times less sensitive to vaccines: Study

Rediff.com5 Jul 2021

The study, which was conducted on more than 100 healthcare workers at three centres in India including Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, found that the B.1.617.2 Delta variant not only dominates vaccine-breakthrough infections with higher respiratory viral loads compared to non-Delta infections (Ct value of 16.5 versus 19) but also generates greater transmission among the fully vaccinated HCWs.

'One of the problems is neither Xi or Modi listen to other opinions'

'One of the problems is neither Xi or Modi listen to other opinions'

Rediff.com1 Jul 2021

'Both have a very nationalistic view of foreign policy.' 'They think they are shrewd and clever diplomats.'

What does CCP centenary mean for India?

What does CCP centenary mean for India?

Rediff.com1 Jul 2021

'What needs to be watched is that the border incidents at Dokalam in 2017 and Galwan in 2020 are triggering nascent Chinese nationalism against India,' asserts Srikanth Kondapalli, the leading China expert.

China gears up for Communist Party's 100th birthday

China gears up for Communist Party's 100th birthday

Rediff.com30 Jun 2021

The highlight of the occasion, according to officials, is an address to a special gathering in the morning by President Xi Jinping, who cast himself in the mould of Mao Zedong, the founder of the Communist Party of China as it is officially called.

When you engineer a virus, you leave behind...'

When you engineer a virus, you leave behind...'

Rediff.com29 Jun 2021

'...signatures.' 'But such signatures are missing in this virus.'

First Covid case may have emerged in China in Oct 2019: Study

First Covid case may have emerged in China in Oct 2019: Study

Rediff.com25 Jun 2021

The research, published in the journal PLOS Pathogens on Thursday, suggests that the first case of COVID-19 arose between early October and mid-November, 2019 in China, with the most likely date of origin being November 17.

India blundered along, exactly as every other country did

India blundered along, exactly as every other country did

Rediff.com23 Jun 2021

Not to say that India couldn't have handled the situation better, but on average, it didn't do anywhere near as badly as the naysayers make it out argues Rajeev Srinivasan.

Mr Xi, what have you gained in Ladakh?

Mr Xi, what have you gained in Ladakh?

Rediff.com15 Jun 2021

'Why did your generals try to grab a few square kilometres of Indian territory in Ladakh?' 'And what happened to the hard work that you and Prime Minister Modi put into the Wuhan and Mamallapuram meets?' Claude Arpi writes a letter to Xi Jinping, China's self-styled supreme leader, who turns 68 today, June 15.

Indonesia doubles star Kido dies of heart attack at 36

Indonesia doubles star Kido dies of heart attack at 36

Rediff.com14 Jun 2021

Doubles specialist Markis Kido won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics partnering Hendra Setiawan, a year after the pair won the men's doubles title at the world championship in Kuala Lumpur.

G7 leaders discuss Wuhan lab leak theory behind Covid

G7 leaders discuss Wuhan lab leak theory behind Covid

Rediff.com13 Jun 2021

World leaders gathered at the G7 Summit in Cornwall discussed the possibility that a laboratory leak in central China's Wuhan city may have a connection with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) chief saying all hypotheses behind the origins of the deadly disease remain in play.

Govt asks China to allow travel by Indians

Govt asks China to allow travel by Indians

Rediff.com11 Jun 2021

India on Thursday asked China to allow Indian citizens to travel to that country especially those who work or study there, and said that essential two-way travel should be facilitated, especially keeping in view the fact that Chinese nationals are able to travel to India.

Is Xi likely to be overthrown?

Is Xi likely to be overthrown?

Rediff.com10 Jun 2021

China's presence in the international dog house is just the kind of opportunity that his opponents must be waiting for, predicts Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

Can't compel China to give more info on Covid origins: WHO

Can't compel China to give more info on Covid origins: WHO

Rediff.com8 Jun 2021

The Wuhan lab leak theory has recently become the subject of renewed public debate after several prominent scientists called for a full investigation into the origins of the virus.

Is Xi Scared of Tiananmen 1989?

Is Xi Scared of Tiananmen 1989?

Rediff.com4 Jun 2021

Why omit the Tiananmen massacre from the history of China's Communist party, asks Claude Arpi.

Xi asks Chinese media, diplomats to tone down aggressive approach

Xi asks Chinese media, diplomats to tone down aggressive approach

Rediff.com2 Jun 2021

President Xi Jinping has called for better international communication, urging the bellicose official Chinese media and 'wolf warrior' diplomats to adopt a tone that displays openness and conveys modesty, in what observers see as a rare admission of Beijing's growing isolation exacerbated by COVID-19.

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