New Delhi [India], February 23 (ANI): According to a study by Robert M Kaplan and Arnold Milstein, COVID-19 vaccine acceptance has improved when the efficacy of the vaccine increased beyond 70 per cent.
“Acceptance of vaccines has been on the decline in recent years. Despite encouraging early results for coronavirus vaccine trials, achieving herd immunity requires substantial uptake. We presented scenarios varying vaccine efficacy, minor side effects, and severe reactions to a sample representative of the United States population. Vaccine acceptance improved when the efficacy increased beyond 70 per cent,” read the study.
“Respondents were unaffected by the probability of minor side effects, such as a sore arm or fever lasting 24 hours. The chances of accepting the vaccine were lower when the probability of serious adverse reactions was 1/100,000 in contrast to 1/million or 1/100 million. A replication showed that the results were largely unchanged following the public announcement that the vaccines were 95 per cent effective,” read the study.
Based on surveys of 1,000 US residents in August and December 2020, researchers report that the likelihood of taking a COVID-19 vaccine increased significantly if vaccine effectiveness was 70 per cent or greater or if the risk of a serious adverse reaction was one per million or less, but was unaffected by the risks of minor side effects.
Additionally, respondents surveyed in December, after the public announcement of vaccines that were 95 per cent effective, were slightly more likely to take the vaccine than those surveyed in August, according to the authors. (ANI)
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Chandrababu Naidu detained by police at Tirupati airport
Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was detained by Renigunta police at Tirupati airport in Renigunta on Monday, while on way for election campaigning in Chittoor district.
Naidu sat on a dharna at Tirupati airport after he was detained by Renigunta police.
“We will not be stopped. We will not be silenced. Your fear-driven, state-sponsored vendetta won’t stop me from reaching out to my people. Grow up, @ysjagan #Chittoor #AndhraPradesh,” Naidu tweeted.
The TDP chief was scheduled to attend an election campaign in the Chittoor district.
More details are awaited. (ANI)
SC rejects plea challenging Centre’s overriding power over States on transfer, deputation of IPS Officers
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the PIL filed by a West Bengal based advocate, challenging the constitutional validity of Rule 6 (1) of IPS (Cadre) Rules, 1954 for conferring powers on the Central government to override the states in connection with matters of transfer and deputation of IPS cadre officers.
A two-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao and also comprising Justice S Ravindra Bhat dismissed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a West Bengal based lawyer, Abu Sohel.
“We dismiss the petition. We do not find any merits in the petition,” the bench led by Justice Rao said in his order.
The lawyer-cum petitioner, Sohel, in his petition, pleaded to the Top Court that Rule 6(1) should be struck down by the SC for violation of the Constitution of India and public policy.
The petitioner contended before the Supreme Court that at present, the states have to bear the brunt of arbitrary actions taken by the Central government under the said Rule. (ANI)
UP primary schools welcome students with balloons, flowers
Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 1 (ANI): Private and government primary schools across Uttar Pradesh greeted students of Classes 1 to 5 with balloons and flowers as they reopened on Monday, nearly a year after they were closed due to the outbreak of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Rawat Pathshala in Gorakhpur welcomed students with arti and tika.
“Desks and benches have been sanitised. Students have been asked to wear masks and wash their hands. We are ready to follow the state government’s guidelines,” said Brijanand Prasad Yadav, Principal of the school.
Some students, however, were seen without face masks. Responding to this, Yadav said that face masks had also been made a part of the school uniform and parents of the defaulters will be asked not to send their children without masks.
Sangeeta Singh, a teacher at the school said, “We are so happy to have the students back in school. We are being careful to follow all protocols and are doing our best to make up for the lost time through the 100-day model.”
Students expressed joy and happiness upon meeting their friends and teachers.
“I am so glad to be back in school. I haven’t seen my friends in a long time. I’m very glad to see my teachers as well,” said a student.
There are currently 2,103 active COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, as per data from the Union Health Ministry. As many as 5,92,699 recoveries and 8,725 deaths have been reported from the state so far. (ANI)
Miss India Delhi 2019 Mansi Sehgal joins AAP
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Miss India Delhi 2019 Mansi Sehgal joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday in the presence of party leader Raghav Chadha.
Earlier this year, AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the party will contest Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat-in coming two years.
Kejriwal announced AAP’s future electoral plans while addressing the National Council meeting of the party in Delhi.
Mansi Sehgal did her early education at Dwarka’s Delhi Public School. Later, she completed her B.Tech from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology.
She currently runs a start-up and won the ‘Femina Miss India Delhi’ pageant in 2019. (ANI)
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra offers prayers at Kamakhya temple in Assam
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra offered prayers at Kamakhya temple on Monday during her Assam visit.
“Today I got the good fortune of seeing mother Kamakhya. I prayed for the welfare of all the countrymen to Kamakhya,” she tweeted.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also tweeted a few verses of Sanskrit slokas for goddess Kamakhya.
The Kamakhya Temple is a Sakta temple dedicated to the mother goddess Kamakhya. It is one of the oldest of the 51 Shakti Pithas situated on the Nilachal Hill in the western part of Guwahati city in Assam, India.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had also visited Sant Ravidas temple on Saturday on his birth anniversary and tweeted about Sant Ravidas’s messages of equality to create an ideal society service and goodwill.
However, on Friday, the Election Commission of India announced that Assam will go to Assembly elections in three phases beginning March 27. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said: “In Assam, elections shall be held in three phases. The first phase of notification is March 2 and 47 seats in 12 districts will go to the polls. The last date of nomination March 9 and the date of poll is March 27. In the second phase, 39 constituencies in 13 districts will go to the polls on April 1. Forty Assembly constituencies in 12 districts to go on polls on April 6. Votes will be counted on May 2.”(ANI)
Need to integrate India’s agri produce into global processed foods market: PM Modi
New Delhi [India], March 1 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India of 21st century needs post-harvest or food processing revolution and for that his government is initiating steps to integrate country’s agricultural produce into the global processed foods market.
“It is the need of the hour to ensure farmers’ produce get as many options in the market as possible. We have to integrate our agricultural produce into the global processed foods market,” said PM Modi while addressing a webinar on the implementation of Budget in the agriculture sector.
Listing out the steps taken by his government for agriculture in Budget 2021-22, he said, “India of 21st century needs post-harvest or food processing revolution and value addition amid increasing agriculture production. It would have been good for the country had this been done 2-3 decades back.”
“Central government has increased agriculture credit target to Rs 16.50 lakh crore – animal husbandry, dairying, and fisheries sectors have been given priority. Rural infrastructure fundraised to Rs 40,000 crore. Micro-irrigation fund doubled,”he added.
“We have made reforms and started Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) schemes worth Rs 11,000 crore which will help the agro-industries. Ready to eat, ready to cook, seafood, and several other items are being promoted,” he said.
Highlighting the need for the participating by the private sector, he said, “It is time the private sector increases its participation in Research and Development in the agriculture sector. It should not be limited to just seeds, but a holistic scientific ecosystem associated with one crop, the entire cycle.”
Ensuring the profit for the smallest farmers, he added that with food processing, “We must also focus on helping the smallest farmers with modern technology.” (ANI)
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