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AEW Unveils New Championship Design On AEW Dynamite (Photos)

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The new AEW Women’s Championship was unveiled tonight on AEW Dynamite.

The updated design is mostly similar to the original title, but is slightly larger in size and features more gold/jewels. The new design also has two side plates on either side as opposed to the original’s three. This is the first time AEW has changed the design of their Women’s Title.

Champion Hikaru Shida was presented with the new title during a segment celebrating her 377 days with the gold. Upcoming challenger, Britt Baker, would interrupt the segment shortly after, proclaiming that she will be “the face of a whole new era” after she beats Shida this Sunday.

Hikaru Shida will defend her freshly updated AEW Women’s Title against Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. this Sunday at AEW Double or Nothing.

You can see highlights from the segment below:

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COVID-19 vaccines may partially work on new variant Omicron, says ex-ICMR scientist Dr Gangakhedkar

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Gangakhedkar said the public has an important role to play by following the basic rules of wearing masks, maintaining hand hygiene and social distancing

COVID-19 vaccines may partially work on new variant Omicron, says ex-ICMR scientist Dr Gangakhedkar

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Amid growing concerns over Omicron, former Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) scientist Dr Raman Gangakhedkar told News18 that vaccines may provide only partial protection against the new ‘heavily mutated’ variant of SARS-CoV-2.

The epidemiologist, who was the face of the country’s apex medical research agency during government briefings on COVID-19 last year, said the surveillance of the new variant, which was detected in Botswana in southern Africa, will not be difficult if the government re-up its ante in testing, tracing, tracking and isolation.

Gangakhedkar emphasised that public has an important role to play by following the basic rules of wearing masks, maintaining hand hygiene and social distancing.

“Omicron is going to hunt all those who are vulnerable or non-vaccinated,” he told News18.com.

“Everyone must make efforts to protect themselves against the virus and not provide an opportunity for the virus to enter, replicate and thus mutate further inside their body.”

Each time the virus reproduces, it involves a risk of producing more faulty copies that have mutations, he said while insisting that “Indians must take both doses of vaccine as an urgency.”

A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529, officially named Omicron by the World Health Organisation (WHO) — is known to carry 50 mutations overall, including more than 30 on the spike protein alone.

According to Gangakhedkar, who was involved in the prevention and control strategies against the HIV epidemic in India, spike-protein and antibodies share a relationship between the sword and its cover. Hence, the changes in spike protein may end up decreasing the efficiency of antibodies.

Antigen is like a sword and its cover is like an antibody. “Our body has two ways to produce antibodies, one is generated through vaccines while other is generated via natural infection,” he explained.

The antibodies work by neutralising virus. “But here spike proteins are different which may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines and vaccines may provide partial protection.”

While there is a fear related to the changes in spike protein as the mutations are “large in number”, Gangakhedkar, who retired from ICMR last June said “the surveillance benefit is the difference between Omicron and other variants can be spotted from the RT-PCR test itself.

“The RT-PCR test searches for the presence of three genes. If 2 of the three genes are found, the result is COVID positive. In the Omicron and Alpha variant, the spike protein gene (S gene) will not be detected in RT-PCR. Hence only 2 out of three genes will be positive,” he explained while adding that “all the positive samples where only 2 genes are found should be sent for genome sequencing instead of sending all samples.”

The new strain has been red-flagged by scientists due to an alarmingly high number of mutations, expecting that the heavy mutations might make the virus more resistant to vaccines, increase transmissibility and lead to more severe symptoms. However, former ICMR’s scientist believes that theoretically, viruses mutate to emerge into more transmissible but less virulent versions. “They want to continue their lineage by keeping the host alive and infecting more and more people, theoretically.”

There is some amount of uncertainty with respect to the virulence — severity or harmfulness of virus — as most of those who got infection from this variant are from younger age groups, he claimed.

“Younger persons, as it is, tend to have less severe COVID disease. Hence we need to wait for a couple of weeks for conclusive evidence on virulence.”

What should be done immediately?

According to Gangakhedkar, the government needs to immediately accelerate the vaccination coverage among the people who are yet to take their “first dose” of COVID-19 vaccine or second dose.

“The awareness of taking a second dose on time should also be boosted. India needs a strong campaign to clarify that vaccines work well with full dose and not partial.”

This is the right time to launch aggressive testing, tracking and tracing considering the daily number of infections in the country are lowest. “Health systems are under minimal stress due to COVID-19 . Though we need to immediately isolate people carrying the Omicron strain, it would be good to assume that every infected person is probably having the Omicron variant and intensify subsequent strategies.”

There is no need to introduce extreme measures such as lockdown.

“Some countries that are opting for lockdowns are already witnessing high load on their health infrastructure due to COVID-19 and cannot afford to increase the load further. In India, cases are under control and I don’t see any need to take extreme steps. We only need to go back to the basics.”

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Himachal: 64 Covid cases surface, 2 dead; Shimla reports maximum cases

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Himachal recorded 62 Covid cases on Sunday, while the death toll reached 3,830 after two more patients died of the infection; highest of 35 cases reported from Shimla

ByHT Correspondent, Dharamshala

Himachal Pradesh recorded 62 fresh Covid-19 infections on Sunday, taking the state’s case tally to 2,27,003 while the death toll reached 3,830 after two more patients died of the infection.

The highest of 35 cases were reported from Shimla, 11 from Kangra, seven from Solan, four from Hamirpur, two from Una and one each from Bilaspur, Kullu and Mandi.

The active cases came down to 795 while the recoveries have reached 2,22,361 after 74 people recuperated.

In terms of the number of cases, Kangra is the worst hit among all 12 districts logging 51,854 cases since the virus outbreak. It is followed by Mandi with 31,863 cases and Shimla with 27,869 cases.

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When the CBS Show Returns in 2022

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Season 2 of gripping crime-drama The Equalizer is about to embark on a midseason break and fans are already wondering when Episode 8 will make its debut on screens.

Thankfully, CBS has confirmed the exact date, and Robyn McCall (played by Queen Latifah), Detective Marcus Dante (Tory Kittles), Mel (Liza Lapira), and Harry Keshegian (Adam Goldberg) will be back on our screens and the good news is, it is not too far away. Newsweek has all of the details you need to know.

When is The Equalizer Season 2, Episode 8 Out?

The Equalizer Season 2, Episode 8 will premiere on Sunday, January 2 on CBS.
Fans will be able to catch the latest instalment at 9 p.m. ET . The episode will also be available to stream via CBS.com and the CBS app.

The Equalizer is also available to watch via CBS’s streaming platform Paramount+. You can sign up for a seven-day free trial to watch The Equalizer before subscribing to the platform for $5.99 per month.

Alternatively, you can catch the latest episode of The Equalizer via several streaming services including YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and fuboTV.

The remaining episodes in the series will continue to air every Sunday.

At the moment it is hard to predict what will happen in Episode 8 of The Equalizer, as the midseason finale is yet to air.

In the midseason finale, Bishop comes to McCall, Harry, and Mel for help when he crosses paths with a terrorist, who has uncovered the true identity of Bishop’s secret son.

However, there is no doubt that Episode 8 will continue to see Robyn ‘The Equalzier’ McCall help others and get justice for those who need it.

The Equalizer is a reboot of the 1980s action series of the same name, which starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall. The current reboot stars Queen Latifah as the Equalizer, Robyn McCall. Denzel Washington also played the character Robert McCall in the 2014 film adaptation of the 1980 series.

In the latest adaption, Robyn is a divorced mother and former CIA agent who is more than willing to use her incredible skill set to help others, while often risking her own life in the process.

Season 2 was given the green light back in March 2021 but like many shows and films, faced significant delays as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Season 2 made its debut in October 2021, and thankfully, there is not too much longer to wait for Episode 8 to drop.

When Season 2 was given the green light in March 2021, the star of the show Queen Latifah took to Instagram to express her love for the show and her happiness about the show’s future.

In the clip, she said: “You’ve known me by various, various names but this is the one. This is the one, Robyn McCall, The Equalizer. Thanks to you this is a hit. It is a smash hit and I couldn’t have done it without you, the fans.”

Queen Latifah continued: “You cannot miss Season 2, because we are going just as hard in Season 2.”

She captioned the video: “Thank You. Thank you to all the fans watching week after week and our hardworking cast and crew!!!! Let’s go Season 2.”

The Equalizer Season 2, Episode 8 returns Sunday, January 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS

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Queen Latifah and Laya Hayes are seen at the film set of ‘The Equalizer’ TV Series on November 11, 2020 in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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