Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said on Monday that its coronavirus vaccine candidate showed an average efficacy of about 70%. It said that one dose regimen showed vaccine efficacy of 90% when given as half a dose, while another showed 62% efficacy when given as two full doses. The combined analysis from both dosing regimens resulted in an average efficacy of 70%, the company said.
The Karnataka government on Monday decided to not reopen schools in December in view of the coronavirus crisis. The government will review the situation at the end of the month.
The Supreme Court, meanwhile, directed the governments of Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Assam to submit reports on the coronavirus situation in their respective states within two days.
Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the day.
Meanwhile, India’s coronavirus tally rose to 91,39,865 on Monday morning as it reported 44,059 new cases in 24 hours. The toll rose by 511 to 1,33,738. As many as 85,62,641 people have recovered so far.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 5.85 crore people and killed 13,86,596, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 3.74 crore people have recovered from the infection.
The national helpline number for the coronavirus is 011-23978046, and a toll-free number is 1075.
These are the helpline numbers for states and the Union Territories.