In a ground breaking development, Italian scientists have made marked progress in developing vaccine for Corona Virus. The vaccines were tested on mice. The mice reportedly developed antibodies immediately after a single injection which prevents the virus from infecting human cells.

During the vaccine development experiments, it was seen that antibodies have developed in mice and they also blocked the viral action in the human body.

Upon testing the vaccine, they found it had neutralized the virus in human cells, a first in the world since the search for a coronavirus vaccine began, said Luigi Aurisicchio, Takis’ CEO, the company that is developing the vaccine.

He further hinted that the human testing might start in summer.

To succeed in this research, they need the support not only from their government but also from foreign organizations and collaborators who may wish to extend their hand to help speed up the process. Takis’ CEO declined to call the rapid move to develop vaccines a race and asked all companies to combine strengths and skills.

These tests were conducted at a hospital in Rome. The scientists tested their vaccine on mice. The mice developed antibodies immediately after a single injection, which prevented the virus from infecting human cells. Researchers selected two of the five candidates for the vaccine after studying them with the best results.

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Bengaluru: Karnataka on Friday reported the biggest single-day spike of 7,908 new cases of COVID-19 and 104 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 2,11,108 and the death toll to 3,717, the health department said.

The day also saw 6,940 patients getting discharged after recovery. The previous single-day spike was on August 12 with 7,883 cases.

Out of the 7,908 fresh cases, 2,452 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.

As of August 14 evening, 2,11,108 positive cases have been confirmed and they included 3,717 deaths and 1,28,182 discharges, the health bulletin said.

Out of 79,201 active cases, 78,454 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 747 are in the intensive care unit (ICU), it said.

A total of 22 out of 104 deaths reported on Friday were from Bengaluru urban followed by Mysuru (10), Ballari (9), Dharwad (8), Davangere and Udupi (7), Dakshina Kannada (6), Belagavi, Kalaburagi and Koppal (5), Shivamogga (3), Raichur, Tumkur, Hassan, Vijayapura, Haveri and Chamrajanagara (2), and Gadag, Mandya, Chikkamagaluru, Bidar and Uttara Kannada (1).

Most of the dead were either with a history of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) or influenza-like illness (ILI).

Among the districts which saw the new cases, Bengaluru urban accounted for 2,452, Ballari 608, Shivamogga 413, Davangere 351, Belagavi 334, Udupi 322, Dakshina Kannada 307, Mysuru 291, Kalaburagi 229, Raichur 220 and Dharwad 219 followed by others.

Bengaluru urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 84,185 infections, followed by Ballari 13,048 and Mysuru 9,280.

Among those discharged, too, Bengaluru urban topped the list with 49,392 followed by Ballari 6,948 and Kalaburagi 6,150.

A total of 19,38,954 samples have been tested so far, out of which 56,638 were tested on Friday alone. Among the samples tested during the day, 29,422 were rapid antigen tests.