After months of denial, govt finally admits community transmission

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS): Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday admitted that India is in the community transmission stage.

However, it is limited only to certain districts and states. The statement has come in the backdrop of West Bengal's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's admission on Monday that the community transmission of Covid-19 has started in the state.

Vardhan's statement was a response to a query made during his weekly webinar, 'Sunday Samvaad' where he interacts with his social media audience.

The query was "Mamta Banerjee has said there are instances of community transmission in the state. Are there other states with community transmission as well?"

To this, the minister responded, "In different pockets across various states, including West Bengal, community transmission is expected to occur, especially in dense areas. However, this is not happening across the country. It is limited to certain districts occurring in limited states."

The admission comes after months of denial. This is the first time that the health minister has acknowledged the community transmission.

Earlier this week, Banerjee had urged people of West Bengal to maintain caution ahead of the upcoming Durga Puja season.

"I ask everybody to follow the Covid-19 safety protocols during the festive season. There are instances of community transmission of Covid-19 and also the contagion becoming airborne," Banerjee was quoted saying.

In July, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had released a guidance document which had inadvertently revealed that community transmission happened in India as early as April.

The document was later taken down from the website of the union health ministry.

Bharat Biotech and Washington Univ developing nasal vax for Covid:  

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday informed that Bharat Biotech will develop an intranasal vaccine for Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

The minister said that the Hyderabad-based drugs and vaccine research and manufacturing company has entered into an agreement with Washington University and St. Louis University for the trials of the nasal vaccine candidate.

"It (Bharat Biotech) has entered into an agreement with Washington University's School of Medicine under which the company will conduct trials, produce and market an intranasal vaccine for the COVID-19," Vardhan told his social media audience at his weekly webinar, Sunday Samvaad.

The minister also informed that the Phase 1 trials of the vaccine candidate will take place in St Louis University's vaccine and treatment evaluation unit while further stages of the trials will be conducted in India.

"Bharat Biotech on receipt of regulatory approval will pursue further stages of clinical trials in India," he added.

Vardhan also informed about the development of another intranasal vaccine by the US-based biotech company Codagenix along with Serum Institute of India.

"Codagenix is collaborating with the Serum Institute of India to develop CDX-005, which is the company's intranasal, live-attenuated vaccine candidate for SARS-CoV-2. The preclinical animal studies have been successfully completed, and Codagenix expects to initiate a Phase 1 first-in-human clinical trial in the UK by the end of 2020," he said.

CDX-005 is a single dose intranasal vaccine made with a live attenuated version of the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has cataloged 169 candidate vaccines for the COVID-19.

The vast majority of these use a dead virus, genetic material from the virus, or components of the virus, such as the spike protein. Only Codagenix and two other developers have used a live attenuated version of the virus.





Comment on this article

  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    different story every 15 days... people lost track...

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Government has to agree. The advises by our PM, like Thaali Bajao, thati bajavo, Diya jalovo has only resulted in more pollution than anything goo to the common populace.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    When bjp accepts the whole truth, we would have gone to the dogs. And perhaps thats not too far away. There is already buzz in social media against people who are criticizing the govt in regards to the gdp. And the critics are being told to go to Bangladesh. Why is it that way ?? Dont the opposition have no right to criticize while the bjp and the bhakths have all rights reserved ??

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Do BJP accept truth

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Asymptomatic carriers have, incredibly caused community transmission of Covid19 pandemic in our nation... The west, mainly Europe is now shutting down, once again, due to a second wave of infection !!! Distressing and very frightening to observe that more people will now be under the shadow of death, as there is no evidence of any vaccine, on the horizon !!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    How else can this Virus Spread ...

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Good opportunity for BJP to do Community Distancing for certain community preferably in non-BJP ruled states.

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Please also reveal how you fooled Indians with the Aarogya Setu app. Truth will finally come out.

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Whole Covid-19 situation is mismanaged by central government. No one follows the safety precautions and pretending as if Covid does not exists . We are soon to beat US for worst affected country in the world. Trump has said that India is not giving true figures of new cases and deaths.

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Modi Govt makes blunders and each time it makes such blunders it somehow paints it as great achievement. In what way DeMo was success? GST, CAA, Article 370, each of policy decision, gone berserk with end result nothing short of colossal failure. Things are worse for the country and for the people.

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  • Shuba, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    It's common sense which tells us community transmission after looking around the surroundings.

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  • Shameer, Riyadh

    Sun, Oct 18 2020

    Don't worry. They will take a sharp 'U' turn soon. I have never seen any minister in this government who has responsibly accepted anything. They will fudge figures, blame the previous governments or draw a parallel because they have no answers.

    What more can you expect when a prime minister does not dare to answer a press conference.

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