US approved 4 COVID-19 vaccine candidates for clinical trials - FDA Head

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July 1,2020

Washington, Jul 1: The United States has approved four coronavirus vaccine candidates for clinical trials, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) head Stephen Hahn told reporters.

"Four vaccines have been approved for moving into clinical trials... and another six are in the pipeline for us to review," Hahn said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

The US Administration launched in May Operation Warp Speed, a joint project of Health and Defense Departments, which aims to deliver 300 million doses of a vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021.

The country's top pandemics expert Anthony Fauci warned on Tuesday, however, that there is no certainty the United States will be able to develop a vaccine against COVID-19 that works and will be safe.

Data on vaccine effectiveness, he added, may be available in the winter or early next year.

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Global COVID-19 cases cross 18 million-mark

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August 3,2020

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New York, Aug 3: The number of coronavirus cases confirmed all over the world has surpassed 18 million, while the global COVID-19 death toll stands at over 687,000 according to data from the Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center.

As of 06:00 Moscow time on Monday (03:00 GMT), there are 18,017,556 confirmed coronavirus cases in the world. The global death toll from COVID-19 stands at 687,930. The number of recovered individuals stands at 10,649,108.

The United States remains the country with the largest number of cases (4,665,932) and the highest COVID-19 death toll (154,841), according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.

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DGCA withdraws permission to operate jumbo aircrafts at Calicut Intl Airport

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August 10,2020

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Kozhikode, Aug 10: Reversing its decision in giving permission to operate big and jumbo aircrafts from Calicut International Airport in Karipur, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said no big aircrafts will be operated from and to the airport till further orders, in view of the recent Air India Express plane crash at the airport on Friday last, the reasons for which is being investigated by the DGCA.

The airport was given permission to operate bigger aircrafts a couple of years ago. However, the DGCA has been putting pressure on the Airport authorities on augmenting infrastructural facilities like Runway End Safety Areas (RESA) that was lacking at the airport.

However, this was facilitated by shortening the runway, which was pointed out to be a flaw, in a table-top airport like Calicut, Airport sources informed here on Monday.

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I am not joining BJP: Sachin Pilot

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July 15,2020

New Delhi, Jul 15: Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday said that he is "not" joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"I am not joining BJP," said Pilot in a telephonic conversation with ANI.

The comments came a day after he was sacked as Rajasthan deputy chief minister and Pradesh Congress Committee chief by the party.

The decision to sack Pilot was taken yesterday after a CLP meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

At the meeting, as many as 102 MLAs unanimously demanded that Pilot should be removed from the party.

The Rajasthan Congress is in turmoil over the past few days. While chief minister Ashok Gehlot has blamed the BJP for attempting to destabilise the state government by poaching MLAs, Pilot has been camping in Delhi.

A controversy broke out in Rajasthan after special operation group (SOG) sent a notice to Pilot to record his statement in the case registered by SOG in the alleged poaching of Congress MLAs in the state.

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