By: FE Online | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2020 11:45:56 am
Coronavirus vaccine candidate. This will be conducted by Pune based Serum Institue. Already Phase 1/Phase 2 human trials of India’s indigenous Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine ‘COVAXIN’ is underway. US-based Moderna has begun the world’s biggest Phase 3 human trials for Coronavirus COVID19 vaccine candidate and joined Oxford-AstraZeneca, two Chinese firms Sinovac and Sinopharm. Pfizer-BioNTech SE has also begun the late-stage human trial of its potential coronavirus COVID19 vaccine candidate.
In India, there are 496,671 Coronavirus active cases, 954,004 COVID19 patients have been cured, discharged and 33,461 people have died due to COVID19. A total of 1,484,136 Coronavirus cases in India. In the last 24 hours, the country has witnessed 47,704 new coronavirus cases and 654 COVID-19 related deaths.
Unlock 2 will end on July 31 and discussions were on how to open more fronts of the economy without compromising the safety of the citizen. In a worrying factor, India will go past the US in terms of the daily cases count by adding 90,000 cases per day, data has suggested. India has ramped up the testing for the coronavirus as the total number rose to 1,73,34,885 revealed the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Now, the country has three largest COVID19 testing facilities in Mumbai, Noida, and Kolkata. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Uttar Pradesh are recording a large number of coronavirus cases on a daily basis. Delhi has managed to flatten the curve and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ruled out another lockdown in the national capital.
Milk demand down, the festival season offers no hope in UP’s buffalo belt
India’s Grand Festival Season takes off next month, starting with Rakshabandhan (August 3), Janmashtami (August 12), Ganesh Chaturthi (August 22) and Onam (August 31), followed by the nine-day Navaratri culminating in Dussehra (October 25), Diwali (November 14) and Chhath Puja (November 20). It is also the season for the calving of buffaloes, whose high-fat milk provides the base ingredients – ghee, khoa, chenna, and paneer – in most indigenous sweets consumed during this period.
But for Sanjeev Kumar Cheema, the upcoming festivals don’t promise hope.
“I saw milk prices fall for the first time this summer when buffaloes produce less. From August, their biyana (calvings) would begin and production will go up, peaking in the winter and remaining high till March-April. When will happen then, especially if festival demand isn’t also going to be good?,” asks this farmer from Sirsa Mohan in Amroha district of western Uttar Pradesh.