WHO's Dr Hans Kluge said the variant also known as the delta variant, has shown signs of being able to evade some vaccines
According to Brazillian health regulator Anvisa, Brazil is expected to receive four million doses of Covaxin initially.
While COVAX has played an important role in distributing the Covid-19 doses to 127 countries and getting several countries to start their vaccination drives, the challenge is in the access to the vacc
Children are not typically at risk of getting severely ill or dying from Covid-19, vaccinating them is mostly aimed at stopping transmission, rather than protecting them from disease, says an expert
The B.1.617 variant was first detected in India and was divided into three lineages - B.1.617.1, B.1.617.2, and B.1.617.3.
The so-called Indian variant B.1.617 is split into sub-lineages, of which the B.1.617.2 variant of concern becomes Delta. The B.1.617.1 variant of interest is called Kappa
Pfizer has urged the Indian government to rely upon WHO's testing pathways of reliance on testing certificates from country of origin instead of mandating local testing and batch release
Bharat Biotech said regulatory approvals for Covaxin are in process in more than 60 countries including the USA, Brazil and Hungary among others
The first batch produced at Panacea Biotec's facilities at Baddi will be shipped to the Gamaleya Center for quality control.
As per the WHO estimates, cumulative cases in India currently stand at about 24.68 million and total deaths are at about 270,284