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Coronavirus: US drug regulator rejects emergency use approval for Bharat Biotech’s vaccine

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9.20 am: India reports 91,702 new coronavirus cases and 3,403 deaths over the last 24 hours. With this, the country’s tally rises to 2,92,74,823 since the pandemic broke out in January 2020. For the fourth consecutive day, India records less than 1 lakh cases. The toll rises to 3,63,079.

9.19 am: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro says the country’s health minister is preparing a measure to allow those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or previously infected to not wear face masks, reports Reuters.

9.15 am: The Group of Seven nations or G7 leaders are expected to commit to sharing at least 1 billion coronavirus vaccines with the world, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced, reports AP. Half of the doses will be coming from the United States and 100 million from the United Kingdom.

9.10 am: The United States Food and Drug Administration has rejected Bharat Biotech’s proposal for emergency use authorisation of its coronavirus vaccine in the country, Covaxin, reports The Mint.

Ocugen Inc, the company co-developing Covaxin for the US market, says it would now aim to file for a full approval of the shot. The company also says that the drug regulator requested more information and data for the full approval, according to Reuters.

“While this will extend our timelines, we are committed to bringing Covaxin to…

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