COVID-19: Oxford Vaccine Can Reduce Transmission From Asymptomatic People, Says Professor Adrian Hill Who Is Overseeing The Trials

COVID-19: Oxford Vaccine Can Reduce Transmission From Asymptomatic People, Says Professor Adrian Hill Who Is Overseeing The Trials

The COVID-19 vaccine candidate being developed by Oxford University in collaboration with pharma company AstraZeneca is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus from chimpanzees and does not need to be stored at very cold temperatures
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COVID-19: Oxford Vaccine Can Reduce Transmission From Asymptomatic People, Says Professor Adrian Hill Who Is Overseeing The TrialsAs vast majority of people continue to suffer due to COVID-19, Oxford Professor Adrian Hill says that AstraZeneca vaccine has hit 90 per cent efficacy and is ready to defeat the virus
Highlights
  • It is good to hit 90 per cent efficacy: Oxford Professor Adrian Hil
  • Competing against virus not Pfizer, Moderna vaccines: Oxford Professor
  • Over 10 billion doses will be required to vaccinate enough people: Mr. Hill

New Delhi: The COVID-19 vaccine candidates being developed across the globe are showing promising results, but as of now, the one developed by Oxford University and Swedish-British pharma major AstraZeneca may have come as good news for India. This is because Oxford-AstraZeneca’s AZD1222 which claims to be 90 per cent effective is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus from chimpanzees and does not need to be stored at very cold temperatures. It can be stored in a fridge unlike the vaccine candidates developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna which must be stored/transported at negative 20-80 degrees Celsius that creates an infrastructural barrier. Moreover, India has already tied up with Oxford University and the vaccine is being produced by Pune based Serum Institute of India as ‘Covishield’ while there are no such tie-ups with other two vaccine manufacturers yet.

Also Read: Government Keeping A Close Eye On COVID-19 Vaccine Development: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

To know more about the development and distribution plan of the Oxford vaccine, NDTV spoke with Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford which focuses on designing and developing vaccines for infectious diseases. Professor Hill, who is overseeing the Oxford vaccine trials said,

These are interim results but I have to say, they are rather encouraging. It is good to hit 90 per cent efficacy, but we were pleasantly surprised by the results that we measured on asymptomatic patients who are people who got the infection and are well. Nobody had looked at that before. We saw that we got some protection in such cases as well, in the trial. This means that the vaccine might reduce transmission from infected people who don’t even know that they are infected. That could be key contribution to ending this pandemic, if we can stop people from infecting others.

In the trial run on more than 20,000 people across the world, there were two different dosage regimes followed by the researchers. First, where the trial volunteers were given two doses of the vaccine a month apart that had over 60 per cent efficacy. Second, where the trial volunteers were given only half a dose of the vaccine first and then a normal dose which had 90 per cent efficacy. For future trials, the researchers will be following the second regime, said Dr. Hill. He added,

It was something of a pleasant surprise. This is because it not only gets us a higher efficacy, it also means that in these very difficult two or three months coming up, where there won’t be enough vaccines for everybody who wants it, we can distribute twice as many doses because we are giving half dose at least for the first immunisation. So that’s a win in two ways. It is not only a better outcome for the vaccinated individual but also there will be more vaccines to go around.

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While talking about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which seek emergency regulatory clearance in the United States of America, Professor Hill said,

We have three pretty good vaccines, all in the 90 per cent range for efficacy. But we are not competing against each other; we are competing against the virus which has been winning for too long. These three vaccines give us a really good shot at fighting back.

He further said that what will become crucial from now on is manufacturing the vaccine as the aim is to supply three billion doses during 2021. He said,

There are a lot of people who already want a vaccine, billions who may need it. This has never been done before. We have never administered more than half a billion doses in a year for any disease globally.

He signed off saying that the focus would be now to see that they are able to build over three billion doses with AstraZeneca and a billion more from other companies because to vaccinate the whole world, over 10 billion doses will be required which is huge.

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World

9,44,80,918Cases
4,04,55,265Active
5,20,03,739Recovered
20,21,914Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 191 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 9,44,80,918 and 20,21,914 have died; 4,04,55,265 are active cases and 5,20,03,739 have recovered as on January 17, 2021 at 4:06 am.

India

1,05,57,985 15144Cases
2,08,826 -2207Active
1,01,96,885 17170Recovered
1,52,274 181Deaths
In India, there are 1,05,57,985 confirmed cases including 1,52,274 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,08,826 and 1,01,96,885 have recovered as on January 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

19,87,678 2,910

53,163 181

18,84,127 3,039

50,388 52

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

9,31,252 584

8,713 96

9,10,377 676

12,162 4

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

8,85,824 114

1,987 212

8,76,698 326

7,139

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

8,42,843 5,960

68,633 922

7,70,768 5,011

3,442 27

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

8,30,183 610

6,128 171

8,11,798 775

12,257 6

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

6,32,183 299

2,691 104

6,18,754 397

10,738 6

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

5,96,137 523

9,162 419

5,78,405 930

8,570 12

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

5,64,707 609

7,151 72

5,47,515 666

10,041 15

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

3,33,127 178

1,910 53

3,29,318 230

1,899 1

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

3,14,920 238

5,286 322

3,06,888 558

2,746 2

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

2,93,178 566

6,867 56

2,82,760 615

3,551 7

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

2,91,666 299

4,191 82

2,85,898 379

1,577 2

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

2,66,131 167

2,129 55

2,61,019 218

2,983 4

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

2,57,474 281

4,046 66

2,51,975 343

1,453 4

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

2,55,354 505

6,588 262

2,44,403 764

4,363 3

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

2,51,223 365

6,524 433

2,40,948 793

3,751 5

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,16,809 32

2,930 33

2,12,809 61

1,070 4

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

1,70,366 175

2,578 161

1,62,289 322

5,499 14

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

1,23,217 109

1,280 148

1,20,016 256

1,921 1

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

1,17,599 119

1,249 40

1,15,300 158

1,050 1

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

94,691 226

2,349 57

90,736 279

1,606 4

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

56,873 71

755 12

55,154 82

964 1

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

52,345 83

877 11

50,712 69

756 3

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

38,611 16

286 8

37,683 22

642 2

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

33,331 2

38 3

32,902 5

391

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

28,835 24

380 56

28,089 79

366 1

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

20,503 39

238 28

19,935 67

330

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

16,808 6

62 2

16,690 8

56

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

13,693 2

148 13

13,401 15

144

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

12,054 15

117 13

11,849 2

88

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

9,649 1

93 11

9,428 12

128

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

6,029 5

158 5

5,741 10

130

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

4,982 3

25 3

4,895

62

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

4,322 8

85 5

4,228 3

9

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,388

9 0

3,377

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

0

0 0

0

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