Indian origin scientist based in Australia has successfully grown the first batch of coronavirus, which might help create a vaccine. By Tanvi Jain
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#Coronavirus: ऑस्ट्रेलिया में भारतीय साइंटिस्ट के नेतृत्व वाली टीम वैक्सीन बनाने के बेहद करीब भारत के एक विदेशी नागरिक के नेतृत्व वाली टीम कोरोनोवायरस (nCoV) की वैक्सीन बनाने के बेहद करीब है। इस टीम ने ऑस्ट्रेलिया की कॉमनवेल्थ साइंटफिक एंड इंटस्ट्रियल रिसर्च ऑर्गेनाइजेशन (CSIRO) की हाई सिक्योरिटी लैब में वायरस के पहले बैच को पर्याप्त स्टॉक में विकसित कर लिया है। #CoronavirusVaccine #WorldHealthOrganisation #DohertyInstitute #CSIRO @bhaskarhindi
Professor SS Vasan and his team have managed to grow the first batch of the coronavirus outside of China, in an attempt to create a vaccine against the fatal virus. The first batch of the virus has been grown in a high-security lab at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), which is a leading scientific agency of Australia.
The first-ever lab-grown version of coronavirus outside China was also created in Australia itself by the researchers of Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne. The virus created with the help of a sample from an infected person proved to be a breakthrough for Vasan and his team.
Vasan has also worked on dengue, zika and chikungunya, in the past. He is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and IISc-Bengaluru, who also studied in Trinity College, Oxford on Rhodes scholarship. Post his doctorate, he worked for Oxford spin-out Oxitec on dengue, chikungunya, and zika, and later in another high-security facility in Porton Down, England.
The deadly outbreak has so far claimed over 630 lives in China, after over 69 new cases were reported on February 6. The number of infected patients has also crossed 31,000. Chinese province Hubei alone has reported as many as 22,112 cases.
In a shocking incident on February 7, 34-year-old Chinese doctor, Dr Li Wenliang, who was the whistleblower of threat imposed by coronavirus, died at Wuhan Central Hospital while treating patients. He had warned his fellow medics about the virus last December but was instead investigated for spreading rumours. His death sparked outrage against the government for not taking his warning seriously.
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Ha muerto el doctor Li Wenliang, una de las primeras personas que alertó del brote del coronavirus y que fue apercibido por ello por las autoridades de Wuhan. Las redes sociales se han llenado de mensajes de elogios a Li y críticas a las autoridades. El Gobierno chino ha respondido doblemente: ha censurado algunas conversaciones en redes pero, a la vez, ha anunciado el inicio de una investigación oficial sobre lo sucedido. (#linkinbio👆) #coronavirus #liwenliang
So far, the virus has spread across 24 countries including India as well. All the 645 Indians rescued from Wuhan have been kept in isolation at Army Base camp in Manesar, Gurugram and in ITBP camps in Delhi. All have tested negative for the virus.
So far as many as 1,38,750 passengers from 1,265 flights had been screened for the virus, of which 510 samples had been sent to laboratories under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and all have tested negative.