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Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine gets ‘good immune response’, reveal scientists

Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental COVID-19 vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot.

British researchers first began testing the vaccine in April in about 1,000 people, half of whom got the experimental vaccine. Such early trials are designed to evaluate safety and see what kind of immune response was provoked, but can’t tell if the vaccine truly protects.

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In research published Monday in the journal Lancet, scientists said that they found their experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a dual immune response in people aged 18 to 55 that lasted at least two months after they were immunized.

“We are seeing good immune response in almost everybody,” said Dr. Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University. “What this vaccine does particularly well is trigger both arms of the immune system,” he said.

Also read: World reports 1 million COVID-19 cases in 100 hours

So far, there are 14.6 mn confirmed cases worldwide with 8.2 mn recovered along with 608,000 deaths.

India recorded the more than 37148 COVID-19 cases and 587 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 1155191. The death toll is now 28084, as per data released by the Union Health Ministry. Active cases in India stand at 402529 while 724578 have been cured or discharged so far.

Among the states, Maharashtra is the first state to cross 6 thousand deaths. It has recorded 318695 corona cases with 175029 cured, 12030 deaths, and 131636 active cases. The western state is followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu. Delhi has corona 123747 cases with 104918 cured, 3663 deaths, and 15166 active cases. Tamil Nadu has 175678 positive cases with 121776 cured, 2551 deaths 51351 active cases. Gujarat with 49353 COVID-19 cases, so far, has 35678 have been cured, 2162 deaths, and 11513 active cases.

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