Coronavirus: Oxford vaccine trial’s pause should be a wake up call, says WHO scientist

World Health Organization Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan on Thursday said that AstraZeneca’s pause of the trial of the “Oxford vaccine” should not discourage researchers and must instead be taken as a wake up call. The United Nations, meanwhile, has sought an immediate, “quantum leap” in funding for global programmes to fight the coronavirus.

India reported a record increase of 95,735 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking its tally to 44,65,864. The country’s toll rose by 1,172 to 75,063. As many as 34,717,83 people have recovered from the infection. India’s recovery rate is currently 77.74%, while the mortality rate is 1.68%.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 2.8 crore people and killed 9,07,980, according to the Johns Hopkins University. The number of worldwide recoveries has crossed 1.88 crore.

The national helpline number for the coronavirus is 011-23978046, and a toll-free number 1075.

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Coronavirus: Oxford vaccine trial’s pause should be a wake up call, says WHO scientist