Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: In the past 24 hours, India reported 48,786 fresh cases. Zydus applied to Drugs Controller General of India For emergency use authorization to launch the world’s first plasmid DNA vaccine ZyCoV-D. The study carried out in more than 50 clinical sites spread across the country during the peak of the second wave of Covid-19 reaffirmed the vaccine’s efficacy against the new mutant strains especially the Delta variant.
Odisha Health Department said no COVID vaccination session has been planned in 16 out of 30 districts amid vaccine shortage. Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has fired a health ministry official who reportedly asked for a bribe in a vaccine deal, the latest graft accusation to rock the government.
This comes after Brazil suspended a contract worth 1.6bn reais ($321m) for a vaccine from India’s Bharat Biotech, following allegations of undue pressure within the ministry. Bharat and the government have denied wrongdoing. Anger is mounting in Brazil over missed opportunities to buy coronavirus vaccines and accusations of corruption undercutting efforts have poured fuel on the fire.