The Subject Experts Committee (SEC) of the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI)granted “in principle” approval to Bharat Biotech to conduct “Phase III superiority study and Phase III booster dose study” trials for its intranasal Covid vaccine.
The Subject Experts Committee (SEC) of the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) on Wednesday granted “in principle” approval to Bharat Biotech to conduct “Phase III superiority study and Phase III booster dose study” trials for its intranasal Covid vaccine.
The approval was sought by the vaccine manufacturer last week.
The SEC has asked the company to submit the protocol for booster study.
On Tuesday, the Committee held a meeting to discuss the vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech’s application for clinical trials of its intranasal Covid vaccine as a booster.
The Hyderabad-based manufacturer had proposed the booster dose for those who have been already been innoculated with Covishield and Covaxin vaccines.
According to a source, Bharat Biotech aims to conduct clinical trials on 5,000 healthy subjects: half or 2,500 individuals who have received Covishield and another 2,500 who have been administered Covaxin.
There will be a gap of around six months between the second and the intranasal booster dose. The source said that the nasal booster vaccine is likely to be launched in India by March following clinical trials.
In his address to the nation on December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured that soon the country will develop a nasal vaccine.
(Keywords: Vaccine, Coronavirus, Covid-19, Infection, Trial Phase, Narendra Modi, DCGI, Booster, India)
There is no need to fear because vaccines have already been created
According to epidemiologist and former Russian top sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko, the coronavirus pandemic might be gone by May if all preventative measures and the vaccine push are followed, according to TASS news agency. “It’s going to be a lengthy wait until May… If we accomplish what has to be done now, it should be slowing down, if not under control, by then “he stated. He stated that there is no need to fear because vaccines have already been created and that the focus should now be on inoculation against the coronavirus infection.
According to the research, the present Covid-19 pandemic will convert into seasonal epidemics starting in 2022, according to Russian Academy of Sciences President Alexander Sergeyev. “I believe the Covid-19 pandemic will evolve into seasonal outbreaks, similar to the flu.” I’d want to compare the current situation to the 1960s, when the Hong Kong flu outbreak had devastating consequences and many people were gravely ill.
“However, vaccinations and medications were developed in due time, and we have now lived with influenza for more than 60 years and have become virtually acclimated to it. In some ways, what is happening to Covid now appears to be identical. Fears, the development of vaccinations, and the manufacture of treatments are all part of a major pandemic. If there are solid, trustworthy drug procedures, this sickness will start to seem like regular flu “he stated.
According to the study, Sergeyev stated that Russia’s high death rates were the cost of poor immunisation rates. “In terms of vaccination, it is our shortcoming for which the people, scientists, and government are liable. The vast majority of those who died as a result of the virus had not been vaccinated. This, I feel, is the price that must be paid in exchange for low vaccination rates “he stated.
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Meanwhile, according to the Guardian, Tyra Grove Krause, the head epidemiologist at Denmark’s State Serum Institute, the Covid-19 Omicron variant is bringing the epidemic to a stop, and “we will have our regular life back in two months.”
Despite initial concerns that Omicron may extend the pandemic owing to its higher infection level, Krause believes it could possibly bring the epidemic to an end.
“I believe we will have that in the next two months,” she said, “and then I hope the infection will start to recede and we will be able to resume our regular life.”
According to a research conducted by the State Serum Institute, the risk of hospitalisation from Omicron is half that of the Delta variation. “Omicron is here to stay, and in the following month, it will cause a large outbreak of illness. When it’s all said and done, we’ll be in a better position than we were before “According to the research. (IANS/PR)
(keywords: Covid, Delta, Omicron, India, Epidemic, Pandemic, Serum Institute of India, Russia, India)
The MoE informed that “the National Yogasana sports Federation under the banner of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav has decided to run a project of 750 million Surya Namaskar from 01 Jan 2022 to 07 Feb 2022.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board has opposed the proposed ‘Surya Namaskar’ in the ongoing programme of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, and has asked the Muslim students not to participate in it.
Khalid Saifullah Rahmani issued a statement and said, “Secretary School Education has in a circular directed to conduct Surya Namaskar in 30,000 schools as part of celebration of Independence, which is contrary to the rights given in the constitution.”
He said that the “government has directed schools to conduct it from January 1 and a musical programme is going to be conducted on January 26 on the theme.”
He alleged: “Surya Namaskar is unconstitutional and is false patriotism as minority in the country do not believe in idol worship… so imposing it is not in sync with the constitution and asked the government to refrain from it and follow secular credentials of the country.”
Letter released by All India Muslim Personal Law Board.Photo by Twitte
Rahmani, while speaking on the phone said, “Minorities, including Christians do not adhere to idol worship and consider Sun as God …so we wanted to raise this issue to the government and raise our concerns.”
He said, “Muslim children are not allowed and they should refrain from participating in the programme.”
The Ministry of Education, Government of India letter No. F.No. 12-5/2020-IS-4 dated December 16, 2021 has informed that “the National Yogasana sports Federation under the banner of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav has decided to run a project of 750 million Surya Namaskar from 01 Jan 2022 to 07 Feb 2022. Musical performance on Surya Namaskar is also planned on 26 January 2022.”
In many states the programme was led by the government functionaries on January 1. (IANS/JB)
(Keywords: India, Yoga, Muslims, Government, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, All India Muslim Personal Law Board)
January 5 marks the brith anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian Hindu monk, yogi, and guru.
January 5 marks the birth anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda, an Indian Hindu monk, yogi, and guru. He introduced millions of people to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his organisation called “Self-Realization Fellowship in America / Yogoda Satsanga Society of India”.
Early life of Parmahansa Yogananda
Yogananda was born on the same day in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. According to his biography, in his youth he sought out to many Hindu sages and saints, including the Soham ‘Tiger’ Swami, Gandha Baba, and Mahendranath Gupta, hoping to find a good teacher who would guide him in his spiritual quest.
At the age of 17, he met his guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. In his autobiography, he describes his first meeting with Sri Yukteswar as: “We entered a oneness of silence; words seemed the rankest superfluities. Eloquence flowed in soundless chant from heart of master to disciple. With an antenna of irrefragable insight I sensed that my guru knew God, and would lead me to Him. The obscuration of this life disappeared in a fragile dawn of prenatal memories. Dramatic time! Past, present, and future are its cycling scenes. This was not the first sun to find me at these holy feet!” Yogananda was under the guidance of Sri Yukteswar for almost ten years, from 1910 to 1920.
After completing his graduation in the year 1915, took formal vows into the monastic Swami order, and started working officially in the field of spreading yoga all around the world. It is said that Yogananda was the first major Indian teacher to settle in America, and the first prominent Indian to be hosted in the White House. After a few years in America, Yogananda founded “Self Realisation Fellowship”, a spiritual organisation in Los Angeles.
Teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda
The only motive of Yogananda was to make the world understand true spiritualism and yoga. Therefore, some of the teachings of Yogananda are as follows:
1. Only God exists. According to Yogananda, God is both beyond and within all manifestation. He is who dreams this world into existence, and every atom and star is created from His consciousness. Therefore, the goal of life is to awaken from the dream and realize our unity with Him.
It is said that Yogananda was the first major Indian teacher to settle in America, and the first prominent Indian to be hosted in the White House.Photo by Wikimedia Common
2. Daily meditation, stilling the mind, is the way to see behind the dream. Meditation consists of withdrawing outwardly directed prana (subtle energy or life-force) and focusing it at the spiritual eye, hence concentrating on God or on one of His qualities, i.e. light, sound, joy, peace, calmness, love, wisdom, or power.
3. Karma and reincarnation. According to Yogananda’s biography, every thought, feeling, and action creates a wave of energy that is destined to return to us. This means, as we give, so shall we receive. Therefore, the results of our own past actions create the circumstances and events of life. And so, the way to free ourselves from this karmic cycle is to accept life, control our reactive processes, be even-minded and cheerful, and dissolve the ego.
4. The desire to be happy and to avoid pain is the universal motivation behind every action. It is true that over lifetime, our definition of what makes us happy evolves. At first happiness is sought in laziness and sensuality, then in ego-centered accumulation of possessions or power. Gradually, there comes a time when this evolves into a desire to help others, and finally, the yearning for Self-realisation, which alone brings the joy we have always sought.
Death and continuing legacy of Paramahansa Yogananda
Yogananda is often referred to as the “Father of Yoga in the West”, and he breathed his last on March 7, 1952. Through his organisations Self-Realisation Fellowship (America) and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), Yogananda introduced millions of people to the concepts of meditation, Kriya Yoga, and spiritualism. Even today, people from all around the world upto the teachings of this illuminated guru!
(Keywords: Paramahansa Yogananda, Spiritualism, Kriya Yoga, Yoga, Mediation, Birth Anniversary, America, India, Guru, Learnings, Teachings)