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News in Short - 24-July-2020

Serum institute begins manufacturing Oxford vaccine

Date: 24 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Pune-based Serum Institute of India has already begun manufacturing the Oxford vaccine (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) for novel coronavirus.
  • The company will begin manufacturing vaccines of such quantity that meets the requirements of a commercial-scale batch for the phase-3 trial of the vaccine. The number of doses manufactured per commercial-scale batch would depend on whether the vials will be a single- or multi-dose.
  • While phase-3 trials have begun in the UK, Brazil (June 20), and South Africa (first week of July), Serum Institute will soon be seeking permission to carry out a multicentric phase-3 trial in India. The trial will recruit a few thousand participants.

Trump launches operation legend

Date: 24 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • U.S. President Donald Trump announced a plan to send federal agents to more U.S. cities to crack down on violent crime.
  • The program involves deploying federal law enforcement agents to assist local police in combating what the Justice Department has described as a “surge” of violent crime.
  • The “Operation Legend” program will include cities such as Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a further effort by federal officials to tackle violence.

Qantas retires last Jumbo jet

Date: 24 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Qantas Airways Ltd's last Boeing 747 jet began its final flight to retirement in the Mojave Desert on Wednesday, ending the model's almost half a century of service at the carrier.
  • Qantas 747s carried more than 250 million people in almost half a century of service, including Queen Elizabeth II and every Australian Olympic team since 1984. Qantas was once the world's only airline with an all 747 fleet.
  • The four-engine plane with less favourable economics than newer-generation 787s and Airbus SE A350s had fallen out of favour even before the coronavirus pandemic but Qantas, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and KLM have hastened retirement plans due to the lack of international travel demand.

Ancient humans lived in America earlier than estimated

Date: 24 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Tools excavated from a cave in central Mexico are strong evidence that humans were living in North America at least 30,000 years ago, some 15,000 years earlier than previously thought.
  • The artefacts, including 1,900 stone tools, showed human occupation of the high-altitude Chiquihuite cave over a 20,000-year period.
  • It is likely that humans used this site on a relatively constant basis, perhaps in recurrent seasonal episodes part of larger migratory cycles.

Liverpool lifts Premier league trophy

Date: 24 July 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Liverpool finally lifted the Premier league trophy after a thrilling 5-3 victory over Chelsea in their last home game of the season.
  • The club's first English title for 30 years had been sealed almost a month ago with seven games remaining, following a three-month stoppage because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Although they won the Champions League title last June, the English crown was yet to be won since the last three decades.