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US, UK warn Moderna, Pfizer vaccine may cause fever, weak immunity
Debates continue in India whether the two COVID-19 vaccines that got emergency use authorisation from the country’s drug regulator recently are safe and efficacious. The fact sheets for vaccine recipients in US and UK for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines say the vaccines are yet to be fully approved. Moderna’s fact sheet for recipients says its vaccine is unapproved and ‘may prevent COVID-19’. The UK government says it has only given an approval for ‘temporary supply’ and not a marketing authorisation for Pfizer vaccine.
Maruti Suzuki’s production jumps 34% at 1,55,127 units in December
Maruti Suzuki India, the country’s largest carmaker, on Wednesday said its total production in December 2020 increased 33.78 per cent to 1,55,127 units. The company had produced a total 1,15,949 units in the same month of 2019, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a regulatory filing.
COVID-19 impact: Housing sales dip 37%, office leasing declines 35% across 8 cities in 2020
Housing sales fell 37 per cent year-on-year during the 2020 calendar year while gross office space leasing declined 35 per cent on low demand because of the coronavirus pandemic, but demand improved significantly in the last quarter to cross pre-COVID level, property consultant Knight Frank India said on Wednesday.
China denies entry to WHO team investigating COVID-19 origins
China has blocked the arrival of a team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) sent to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, which allegedly started in Wuhan in 2019. China claims that the team’s visas have not yet been approved.
US Capitol violence: Twitter, Facebook suspend Trump’s accounts
In an unprecedented move, social media giants Twitter and Facebook have temporarily blocked US President Donald Trump’s accounts after violence by his supporters at US Capitol Hill. Both Twitter and Facebook have blocked Trump’s official accounts for 12 and 24 hours, respectively, citing policy violations over his tweets and video message that purportedly incited violence. Twitter also warned of permanent suspension of Trump’s account if he continued to violate its policies.
Lawlessness, violence at US Capitol ‘antithesis of democracy’: Pichai
Alphabet and Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai described “lawlessness and violence” at the US Capitol on Wednesday over the US presidential election as the “antithesis of democracy.” “Holding free and safe elections and resolving our differences peacefully are foundational to the functioning of democracy. The United States has a long and proud history of doing this,” Pichai wrote to the company after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the government building that houses Congress.