COIMBATORE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 LATE 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 NO-SMOKE DIWALI TOTAL CRACKER BAN IN DELHI-NCR, CURBS IN OTHER CITIES E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi The locked JD(U) headquarters (L) on Bir Chand Patel Marg in Patna and some activity outside and within the RJD’s office on the same stretch on Monday | RANJIT K DEY RJD buoyant as decision day dawns Locked gates at JD(U) and BJP offices perhaps indicate the mood ahead of vote counting today R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna 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 come, you will also get ladoo tomorrow,” a party worker could be heard telling a daily wage labourer at the RJD head office. “Our party president Jagdanand Singh had come on Sunday Parents differ in opinion on School reopening SUSHMITHA RAMAKRISHNAN @ Chennai OVER 12,000 schools in Tamil Nadu on Monday, held a State-wide consultation to ascertain stakeholders’ opinion on reopening schools for students in classes 9 to 12, said a senior official from the School Education Department. The meeting however, brought in a mixed bag of responses with a few urging for a partial reopen and the others opposing it. “The parents are so divided on the issue that I think the consultation is going to make it harder for us to make a decision,” said the official. The feedback submitted by parents ranged from urging the schools to reopen as some feared their children might permanently drop out of education, to some of them telling the State government to compensate them with `5 crore in the extreme case of their wards’ death due to Covid-19, post reopening. Parents who could afford gadgets, did not want to send children to school on a daily basis, while the economically weaker section felt that the lockdown had severely affected their children’s education. “Most of them do not want the school reopened. They want us to conduct only practical exams, tests and doubt clearing sessions,” said the principal of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Virugambakkam. She added that barely any parent of students from the ninth standard wanted to send their children to school.” The principal of another matriculation school in the city said parents were fearing a second wave of infection after the festival season. “They want online classes to continue, and want us to hold weekly tests to prepare children for board exams,” P4 she said. for a while. Other senior leaders are either taking rest or camping in their constituencies,” said Narendra Rai, an RJD worker. Party spokesperson Chitranjan Gagan said “if the exit poll predictions come true the RJD-led alliance will form the government. You can see the (election) results on the faces of NDA leaders.” 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 since voting ended on November 7, the gate keepers said. “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 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. “It seems no party is confident of its victory 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. EXPRESS READ N K Singh panel submits report on tax division New Delhi: The 15th Finance Commission, headed by former bureaucrat N K Singh, on Monday submitted its recommendations on the ratio in which taxes are to be divided between the Centre and states over the next five years, to President Ram Nath Kovind | P10 Mamata seeks PM’s action on price rise of commodities Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday wrote to PM Narendra Modi seeking his urgent intervention to control hoarding, increase supplies and bring down the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, including onions THE National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday imposed a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), where air quality has dipped to dangerously low levels, from November 9 midnight till November 30. The ban has been imposed ahead of Diwali to prevent further rise in air pollution. Right to In its order, the NGT said the ban healthy life will be applicable to all cities where Curbs may hit the average ambient air quality in business but if November last year was poor. ‘Green’ crackers will be allowed in crackers affect cities with moderate air quality, but citizens’ health and impact usage will be restricted to two hours, environment, which will be decided the states. their use must “If nothing is specified, the timing will be 8-10 pm on Diwali and Guru- be restricted to effectuate the purb, 6 am-8 am on Chhatt and 11.55 ‘sustainable pm- 12.30 am during Christmas and development’ New Year’s eve,” the order reads. principle, the Many states have already banned NGT said sale and use of firecrackers. The order also directed the pollution control boards to regularly monitor compliance and compile air pollution data from November 9 to November 30, put it up on their websites and file a consolidated report. Scribe killed over illegal land deal; four arrested S A H AYA N O V I N S T O N L O B O @ Chennai A 26-YEAR-OLD television reporter was hacked to death by a three-member gang on the outskirts of Chennai on Sunday While . t h e d e c e a s e d ' s f at h e r claimed that his son was murdered for questioning an illegal sale of a poramboke land, the police said there was also an angle of personal enmity . G Moses, the deceased, lived in Nallur village near Kundrathur and was working with Tamilan TV. His father, Gnanaraj Yesudasan, is a reporter. "Around 11pm on Sunday Moses left , from the house after he got a call. He did not return for a long time," said D Shanmugapriya, SP of Kancheepuram district. "His father, who was under the impression that he had gone to meet his friends, called several of them and realised that his son had gone missing."
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