Highlights: US officials say some doses of Pfizer's Covid vaccine kept too cold
Globally, Brazil has become the third country after the worst-hit United States and India, to cross the 7 million Covid-19 case mark. Russia and France are next on the list, though with less than 3 million cases each.
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India's count of cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) reached 9,956,557 after the Union health ministry on Thursday reported that the country had logged a total of 24,010 new infections in the previous 24 hours. Earlier, on Wednesday, Bharat Biotech, which is developing an indigenous Covid-19 vaccine, in a statement said that the interim findings of phase 1 trial of its vaccine candidate, Covaxin, had found that "Covaxin was found to be well tolerated in all dose groups with no vaccine-related serious adverse events."
Covaxin had come under the scanner after Haryana home minister Anil Vij, who had taken a trial shot last month, announced earlier this month he had tested positive for Covid-19. Besides Covaxin, various other vaccine candidates, too, are currently in trial stage in India. Globally, the Pfizer Inc-BioNTech SE vaccine has been approved for emergency case use by several countries, with the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada already administering its shots.
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France records biggest daily jump since November 21
France on Wednesday logged 17,615 new Covid-19 cases, highest since November 21. 289 deaths due to the virus also reported.
10,297 new Covid-19 cases and 670 deaths in Mexico
Mexico records 10,297 new Covid-19 cases and 670 deaths. Total cases reach 1,277,499 including 115,769 deaths.
US registers highest single-day cases and fatalities
Johns Hopkins University has said the United States has set 24-hour records with more than 250,000 new Covid-19 cases and over 3,700 related fatalities.
5 new Covid-19 cases in Mizoram on December 16
Five new Covid-19 cases in Mizoram on Wednesday. Tally reaches 4,085 including 3,907 recoveries, 171 active cases and seven deaths.
Condition of Covid-19 positive Haryana minister stable, says official
Condition of Haryana health minister Anil Vij, who is undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at Gurgaon hospital, is stable: Official
Covid-19 deaths in Moscow reach 10,171
Deaths due to Covid-19 in Russian capital Moscow reached 10,171 after 76 fatalities were reported on Wednesday.
First published: Dec 17, 2020 05:38 IST