All India Updated: July 03, 2020, 12:13 pm IST
Coronavirus Live Updates: India’s COVID-19 tally touched 627,168 with the biggest single-day increase of 21,948 cases, while the death count rose to 18,225, the latest data from the Union Health Ministry shows.
The Drug Controller General of India has approved pharmaceutical firm Zydus Cadila to start Phase I and Phase II human clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine. This is the second vaccine after Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN to get the approval. Drug manufacturers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus; a novel virus is one that has never previously been identified in humans, making the task of creating a vaccine that much harder.
Maharashtra reported over 6,000 cases in the last 24 hours in a record high for the first time since the global coronavirus outbreak. The state, which has been the worst hit by the pandemic, reported 6,330 cases today, taking the total count to over 1.86 lakh.
COVID-19 vaccine Zydus Cadila gets DCGI nod for human clinical trials
After Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, another potential COVID-19 vaccine indigenously developed by the Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd has got a nod from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for human clinical trials, government sources said.
The approval process was fast-tracked following a recommendation by the subject expert committee on COVID-19, considering the emergency and unmet medical need during the pandemic.
With the death of 359 more people after contracting the novel coronavirus, the COVID-19 toll in India rose to 18,213 on Friday. This takes the mortality rate to 2.91 percent.
‘Plague from China should have never happened’: Trump on COVID-19 pandemic
US President Donald Trump on Thursday once again attacked Beijing over the outbreak of coronavirus infection, saying the “plague from China” should have never happened but it did especially when the United States had just signed a brand new trade deal with the Asian giant.
“Plague from China, that is what it is, should have never happened but they did allow it to happen. We had just signed a brand new trade deal and the ink wasn’t even dry when it came over,” Trump said at during the “Spirit of America Showcase” in the Grand Foyer of the White House.