Russian scientists have belatedly published first results from early trials into the experimental Sputnik V vaccine, which received government approval last month
Developers of the vaccine said it appeared to be safe and to prompt an antibody response in all 40 people tested in the second phase of the study within three weeks.
However, the authors noted that participants were only followed for 42 days, the study sample was small and there was no placebo or control vaccine used.
One part of the safety trial included only men and the study mostly involved people in their 20s and 30s, so it is unclear how the vaccine might work in older populations most at risk of the more severe complications of COVID-19.
A report submitted to the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) in 2016 had recommended the de-listing of Wagon Tragedy victims and Malabar Rebellion leaders Ali Musliyar, Variamkunnath Ahmad Haji, and the latter’s two brothers from a book on martyrs of India’s freedom struggle.
C.I. Issac, an ICHR member, had submitted the 2016 report to the council when the fifth volume covering martyrs of freedom struggle from south India came up for review.
The report describes Haji as the “notorious Moplah Riot leader” and a “hardcore criminal,” who killed innumerable innocent Hindu men, women, and children during the 1921 Moplah Riot, and deposited their bodies in a well.
The review report becomes relevant since the ICHR recently constituted a three-member committee, including Mr. Issac, to review the entries in the dictionary, including those of Haji and Ali Musliyar.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany was planning to discuss possible sanctions on Russia over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Germany, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, is under pressure to act strictly with Russia over Navalny's poisoning. Navalny fell ill on a flight last month and was treated in a Siberian hospital before being evacuated to Berlin.
Earlier this week, the German government announced that Navalny had been poisoned with the military-grade nerve agent Novichok, the same chemical weapon British authorities say was used against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in 2018.