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This section also provides important information regarding education including the notifications of SSC, NDA, UPSC, etc. Reading daily current affairs will help aspirants gaining more knowledge as exams conducted for jobs and interviews also contain questions on general awareness.
Business and Economy- Current Affairs 04/01/21
This category of current affairs 04/01/21 consists the important and latest news regarding business and economy of India.
SII to Sell Vaccine to Government For 200 and at 1000 for Public Use
The Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla quoted that the SII will sell Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield for Rs 200 per dose to the government. The vaccine will be available for the general public for Rs 1,000. He added that the SII has the capacity to manufacture 5,000 doses of vaccine per minute and 40 to 50 million doses of the vaccine are ready for dispatch. The company is in bilateral agreement with Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and 66 other countries and would be soon exporting vaccines once India’s vaccination drive is in advanced stage.
Yes to Covaxin Due to Emergency
Along with SII’s Covishield, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin (under phase III trial) has also received emergency authorisation use license, in clinical trial mode, with respect to the new-found mutated strain infection.
Brazilian Private Clinics to Seek Deal with India’s Bharat Biotech
The Brazilian Association of Vaccine Clinics (ABCVAC) has signed an MoU with Bharat Biotech. This agreement is made to purchase five million doses of Covaxin vaccine. The vaccine is currently in the final stage of clinical trials and authorized for emergency use.
Nation and Politics- Current Affairs 04/01/21
This category of current affairs 04/01/21 consists the important and latest news regarding nation and politics of India.
Wait is Over as India is Ready to Covid Vaccine Rollout After Final Approval
The wait for Covid vaccine is finally over for India as two vaccines get final approval by drug controller of the country on 3rd January 2021. Indian Government approved the emergency use of Serum Institute’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. Both of the vaccines need to be stored between 2 to 8 degrees Celsius temperature. Healthcare and frontline workers will be given priority one the vaccination process starts. Government and drug regulator have told that both the vaccines are safe for use. Though, mild fever, pain or allergy might be the side effects as in the case of each vaccine.
K Sivan Gets his Term Extended for One Year as ISRO Chairman
Central Government has extended the term of ISRO chairman K Sivan by one year. He has been on the post of ISRO chief from 2018 and due to retire this year in January. However, after approval of extension he will now continue till 14 January 2022. K Sivan is regarded for his immense knowledge and contribution in the fields of aerospace engineering and several operations of India’s space program.
Science and Technology- Current Affairs 04/01/21
This category of current affairs 04/01/21 consists the important and latest news regarding science and technology of India.
India Becomes First Country to Isolate and Culture New Coronavirus Strain
Indian Council of Medical Research declared to be successful in isolating and culturing the new coronavirus strain originated in UK. It makes India the first country to achieve this feat. National Institute of Virology isolated and cultured UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 from the clinical samples collected from UK returnees.
Sports, Arts and Books- Current Affairs 04/01/21
This category of current affairs 04/01/21 consists the important and latest news regarding Sports, Arts and Books of India.
BCCI: Team India and support staff are negative in latest COVID-19 Tests
The Indian cricket team and its support staff have returned negative in the latest COVID-19 tests conducted in Melbourne. BCCI said on Monday that the team was ahead of the third test against Australia in Sydney. The match is due to start on January 7. The BCCI also reported that playing members of the Indian Cricket Team and support staff underwent an RT-PCR Test for COVID-19 on January 3, 2021. All tests have the negative results. .
Italian Writer Alfredo Covelli Launched a Book Titled “Vahana Masterclass”
Alfredo Covelli, an Italy-based author, has launched his new book Vahana Masterclass. He launched this book specially for children and young audience. Alfredo had a keen interest in Indian culture and mythology. So, this inspired him to write a story on Lord Ganesh for children. Hence, the book narrates the story of the Ganesha looking for a new vahana to accompany him to all the great adventures around the cosmos.
World- Current Affairs 04/01/21
This category of current affairs 04/01/21 consists the important and latest news regarding the world.
US Officials May Cut Some Moderna Vaccine Doses in Half to Speed Rollout
On Sunday, a federal official said that they might gave some people half the dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. government is giving two doses of vaccine to a single person. However, Officials had hoped to have 20 million people vaccinated by the end of the 2020. But, vaccinations have fallen far short of early targets. So, by giving half of the dose to people between the ages of 18 and 55, the nation wants to achieve the objective of immunizing double the number of people.
For Pakistani Women, US Congress Passes ‘Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act’
The House of Representatives passed the ‘Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act’ in March 2020. Now, the United States Senate passes the same bill by a voice vote on January 1, 2021. The bill now further heads to the White House for US President Donald Trump to change it into law by signing on it. Moreover, this bill will expand the number of scholarships available to Pakistani women to receive higher education under a merit and needs-based programme.
Four Types of Coronavirus Variants Circulating Around Globe: WHO
Since Wuhan reported its first case of COVID-19 at least four types of coronavirus variants are circulating around the globe. According to the report of World Health Organisation the variants have been in presence since the first case of the infection. In late January or early February 2020, a variant of SARS-CoV-2 emerged with a D614G substitution in the gene encoding the spike protein. Over a period of several months, the D614G mutation replaced the initial SARS-CoV-2 strain. Later this mutation has become a more dominant form of the coronavirus circulating globally.
Meanwhile, scientists have said standard precautionary measures such as masks, sanitisation and physical distancing will work to contain the new coronavirus strain. They have also assured that the mutant is not clinically more severe and there is no need to worry.
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