SAMBALPUR l Tuesday l november 10, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION Covid vaccine 90% effective in phase 3 trials, says pfizer The US drugmaker said on Monday its vaccine candidate BNT162b2 was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 in its first interim efficacy analysis, which looked at 94 infections in nearly 44,000 volunteers Effective 7 days after second dose Protection in patients was achieved seven days after the second of two doses, and 28 days after the first. “We are a significant step closer to providing a much-needed breakthrough to help bring an end to this global health crisis,” Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said. Pfizer said it doesn’t plan to stop its study until it records 164 infections among all the volunteers —a number that experts agree is enough to tell how well the vaccine is working. The company cautioned that the effectiveness rate may change as the study progresses what U.S. rules say According to the US Food and Drug Administration regulations, any vaccine candidate must be at least 50% effective to secure its approval plans to file emergency use application Pfizer said it will file an emergency use application with the US regulators this month. Along with BioNTech, it plans to make enough shots to cover 15-20 million people by the end of 2020 ■ However, more clarity is needed on how long its effects last, and if it protects the elderly as well as younger people ■ The Phase 3 trials began in July, and of the 43,538 participants enrolled, 38,955 have received a second dose as of Sunday ■ Pfizer and BioNTech said they expect to supply up to 50 million vaccine doses globally in 2020, and up to 1.3 billion in 2021 P12 ■ 4.4% Jump in Dow Jones Industrial Average on Monday soon after Pfizer’s announcement. The broader S&P 500 rose 3.0 per cent to 3,615.71, beating its September 2 closing record CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Locked gates at JD(U) and BJP offices perhaps indicate the mood ahead of vote counting today RJD buoyant as decision day dawns R a j e s h K u m a r T h a k u r @ Patna express read If activity in the offices of political parties is anything to go by, then the Rashtriya Janata Dal should breast the tape when the votes for the Bihar elections are counted on Tuesday . “Munna aao, kal ladoo milega tum ko bhi (Munna come, you will also get ladoo tomorrow),” a party worker could be heard telling a daily wage labourer at the RJD head office located on Bir Chand Patel Marg. At gate number 2 of the office, sundry persons are engaged in conversations ranging from the SUVs next to them to the exit polls projecting an advantage to the RJD. Inside, a group of party workers appear upbeat. “Our party president Jagdanand Singh had come on Sunday for a while. Other senior leaders are either taking rest or camping in their constituencies,” said Narendra Rai, an The locked JD(U) headquarters on Bir Chand Patel Marg in Patna | Ranjit k dey RJD worker. Party spokesperson Chitranjan Gagan said “if the exit poll predictions come true the RJDled alliance will form the government. You can see the (election) results on the faces of NDA leaders, all of them are despondent.” A stone’s throw away on the same road is the Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata Party offices. The gates are locked and neither is there any party worker nor any neta (leader). There has hardly been any activity Naveen launches Secha Samadhan Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday launched ‘Secha Samadhan’, a bilingual mobile application to address irrigation problems faced by farmers without them having to visit the offices concerned | P3 since voting ended on November 7, the gate keepers said. “Abhi kyon aaynge? Sab apne chhetra mein hain, jeet nischit hai (Why should they come now? All are camping in their constituencies till counting and victory is certain,” said a man exiting the JD(U) office, a clutch of papers in hand. BIHAR Ramesh Kumar, a tea2020 seller next to the BJP office, said after the exit polls projected a not-so positive result, no senior leader had visited the office. While the RJD could be more optimistic, it is not reflected in the ladoo barometer. Sweet shop owners near the party offices had not received any order for ladoos till evening. “We have not got any advance booking for sweets,” said Manikant Sah of Ladoo House. “It seems no party is confident of its victory even after the exit polls. In 2015, the BJP and the RJD booked 1,500 kg of ladoos in advance. This time it is nil so far,” said Rajeev Kumar Gupta of Patna Sweets. While leaders have avoided party offices, sources said their family members had been seeking divine intervention. Mohan Jha, a priest on Boring Road, said he and 10 others had performed a two-day religious ritual at the residence of an NDA leader. BJP candidate Nikhil Anand offered prayers at the Baba Biteshwar temple on Sunday. On whom the God will smile upon should be known by Tuesday afternoon. Panel proposes jail for buying paddy below MSP Bhubaneswar: The Assembly standing committee on Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare and Cooperation on Monday recommended three proposals to the State government including seven years jail term for those procuring paddy from farmers below the MSP | P2 PIO co-chairs Biden’s Covid task force E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e In one of the first decisions taken by Joe Biden, Indian-American Vivek Murthy was on Monday named one of the three co-chairs of a 13-member Covid-19 Advisory Board that will help the President-elect deal with the coronavirus pandemic raging across the US. The other two co-chairs are David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner and Marcella NunezSmith, a professor at Yale University Dr Murthy served as the . 19th Surgeon General of the US from 2014 to 2017. The virus has already killed over 236,000 Americans. Interestingly, the board includes Rick Bright, a former Trump administration whistleblower who was demoted for internally criticising the pandemic response. He had also contested Trump’s championing of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug, as Covid treatment despite its unproven efficacy. Bright subsequently resigned and filed a whistleblower complaint saying his early warnings over the pandemic were ignored. Trump is under pressure to work on the transP9 fer of power. Three decades after granting bail, HC asks former cops to serve jail E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Cuttack THE Orissa High Court on Monday directed two septuagenarian ex-police officers to surrender and serve imprisonment, 32 years after granting bail on criminal appeal filed by them against their conviction in a custodial death case. Pravat Chandra Mohanty (76) and PK Choudhury (75) were inspector and senior sub-inspector respectively when the custodial death occurred during illegal confinement of a person at the Purighat police station in Cuttack in 1985. On August 29, 1988, the court of Assistant Sessions Judgecum-Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Special), Cuttack had convicted Mohanty and Choudhury for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment for five years and eight years respectively. They were also sentenced to a maximum sentence of three years rigorous imprisonment for fraudulent prepa- ration of FIR, wrongful confinement and voluntarily causing hurt. Both had filed criminal appeals in the High Court and released on bail by September 1, 1988. While disposing of their appeals after 32 years on Monday , the Single Judge Bench of Justice SK Sahoo acquitted both the police officers of charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and reduced the maximum sentence of three years rigorous imprisonment to one year simple imprisonment for other charges, taking their age into consideration. “Their bail bonds shall stand cancelled and they are directed to surrender before the trial court within two weeks from today for undergoing the remaining period of sentence”, the judgment read. The court has also directed the State government to pay compensation of `3 lakh in favour of the legal representative(s) of the deceased within a period of one month.
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