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WHO approves India COVID vaccine for emergency use

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The World Health Organization has granted approval for emergency use to India’s government-backed Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin

India’s vaccine was approved for use within India back in January while the third phase of clinical trials was still under way, sparking some concern and criticism.

The company that produces the vaccine, Bharat Biotech, has since published data suggesting 78% efficacy against the COVID-19 vaccine.

The WHO stated in a tweet it believed the benefits far outweighed the risks associated with the jab

The WHO said in a tweet it believed the benefits far outweighed the risks

“200 percent safe”

Some experts had pointed to a fast-track approval and incomplete data, but the firm’s chairman, Dr Krishna Ella, stated the vaccine was “200% safe”.

The expert panel World Health Organizations, which authorises emergency approvals, had asked for more data last month while examining the application Bharat Biotech had filed in July.

The approval comes as a major relief to the tens of millions of Indians who have already received the jab.

India has administered more than 105 million Covaxin doses so far – and a fillip for Bharat Biotech.

Few countries have recognised Covaxin and India hopes the WHO approval will change that.

How that will play out on travel restrictions for vaccinated Indians remains unclear.

Covishield is basically the Indian-made version of Astrazeneca and remains the most popular jab in the country, accounting for most of India’s 810 million jabs.

The vaccine has been approved by the WHO but the UK recognised the jab only after a refusal to do so sparked anger in India.

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Google’s AI-powered search engine goes wild

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Google’s AI-powered search engine has been suggesting unconventional combinations, leaving users bewildered and even concerned at the results.

Users have taken to social media platforms to express their astonishment and amusement at the unusual search results.

Dr Karen Sutherland from UniSC joins to discuss. #featured #trending

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Tim Cook eyes a worthy successor to the Apple empire

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As Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tenure at the company enters its later years, speculation swirls regarding who will succeed the tech giant’s iconic leader.

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Canva makes a break for Broadway, AI has been likened to a ‘demigod’, astronomers develop new tech to counter asteroids and has Apple found its next successor? #featured

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Netflix CEO is confident AI will not replace writers

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Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos reassured writers that artificial intelligence won’t replace them or jeopardize their jobs.

While acknowledging AI’s role in content recommendation and production efficiency, Sarandos emphasised the importance of human creativity in crafting compelling narratives.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss.

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