News18 Afternoon Digest: Bharat Biotech's Covaxin Has 81% Efficacy, Bomb Scare in Taj Mahal & Other Top Stories
Bharat Biotech in a statement said that Covaxin vaccine was 81 per cent effective in preventing Covid-19 after a third round of clinical trials. Covaxin demonstrated 81 per cent interim efficacy in preventing Covid-19 in those without prior infection after the second dose, said the statement.
The three gates of Taj Mahal were shut on Thursday morning after information of a bomb on the premises of the world heritage monument was received on Dial 112 number of UP Police. An intensive search operation is underway at the Taj Mahal, where a Dog Squad was also called for checking the premises. Tourists inside the Taj complex were evacuated and shops outside were closed after an anonymous caller claimed to have planted a bomb at the Taj Mahal.
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Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have shown a surge in new COVID-19 cases, contributing to nearly 86 per cent of the fresh infections reported on Wednesday, as per government data. At least 14,989 cases were registered across the country on Wednesday.