8.53 am: The Winter Session of Parliament is likely to be adjourned, reports NDTV. An unidentified minister tells the news channel that there was no urgency to hold a session. The Parliament is expected to be convened in the last week of January ahead of the Union Budget on February 1.

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8.50 am: Bharat Biotech says it has begun the phase 3 clinical trials of its coronavirus vaccine candidate, Covaxin. “The Phase III trials will involve 26,000 volunteers across India, conducted in partnership with ICMR,” Bharat Biotech adds. “It is the largest clinical trial conducted for a Covid-19 vaccine in India. This is India’s first phase 3 efficacy study for a Covid-19 vaccine, and the largest phase III efficacy trial ever conducted in India.”

8.45 am: The World Health Organization is investigating a possible cluster after five staff members tested positive last week, reports Reuters. “To my knowledge the cluster being investigated is the first evidence of potential transmission on the site of WHO, but we can’t completely protect ourselves from our own social and other engagements...

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