1. India’s Covaxin effectively neutralises both Alpha and Delta variants of coronavirus, said the US’ National Institute of Health (NIH). The NIH said that the results of two studies of blood serum that was taken from people who had received Covaxin suggest that the vaccine generates antibodies that effectively neutralise the B.1.1.7 (Alpha) and B.1.617 (Delta) variants of SARS-CoV-2.
2. The Health Minister of Brazil announced that the country will suspend a USD 324 million contract to buy 20 million doses of India’s Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN. The decision has been taken amid a probe into the accusations of irregularities against the President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro.
3. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Ukraine launched Black Sea Drills on June 28, 2021, which will involve dozens of warships. The exercise has been taking place despite the Russian calls to cancel the drill and is followed by the last week’s incident with a British Destroyer off Crimea.
4. South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma has been sentenced to 15 months in jail by the country’s highest court. He has been given five days to hand himself over to the police.
5. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to nominate the names of R Ashwin and women’s Test and ODI skipper Mithali Raj for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. The board has also decided to recommend the names of K L Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Shikhar Dhawan for the Arjuna Award.
6. National Doctors’ Day is celebrated on July 1st to recognize the contributions of physicians to individual lives and communities. The date varies from nation to nation depending upon the commemoration event used to mark the day.
7. World Social Media Day is observed every year on June 30th to show how it has become a key tool at connecting people from all corners of the world to being an asset for influencers, brands, journalists at growing their businesses.
8. The International Asteroid Day is observed on June 30th every year to mark the anniversary of the Siberian Tunguska event. The day is observed to promote awareness around asteroids, and how can we protect our planet from asteroids.
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