Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India records 45,951 fresh cases, 817 fatalities


India reported 45,951 fresh COVID-19 cases higher than yesterday taking the total cases to 3,03,62,848, while the recoveries have crossed 2.94 crores, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The data also revealed increased death rates to 3,98,454 with 817 new fatalities updated at 8:am. The total number of people vaccinated on June 29 is around 33,28,54,527. With that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 33.28 crores. On the 165th day of the vaccination drive on June 29, 27.42 lakh beneficiaries received their first shot and 9.09 lakh people were given their second dose.

Meanwhile, India’s Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research, effectively neutralises both Alpha and Delta variants of coronavirus, the US National Institute of Health has said.

The NIH said results of two studies of blood serum from people who had received Covaxin suggest that the vaccine generates antibodies that effectively neutralise the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) and B.1.617 (Delta) variants of SARS-CoV-2, first identified in the UK and India, respectively.

The top American health research institute, which has a history of strong scientific collaboration with India, also said that an adjuvant developed with funding from it has contributed to the success of the highly efficacious Covaxin, which has been administered to roughly 25 million people till date in India and elsewhere.

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