PM to review cyclone damage, India eyes 'shield' for kids and many more | Top News

Headlines of the day: 1. On May 18, Niti Aayog Member (Health) Dr. VK Paul announced that Phase 2-3 clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, which has been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), will begin in the next 10-12 days for children aged between 2 to 18. 2. The Serum Institute of India (SII) said that it had never exported vaccines at the expense of Indian citizens and that it was committed to doing all it could to support the country's vaccination campaign. 3. Two West Bengal ministers, a Trinamool Congress MLA, and a former party leader have petitioned the Calcutta High Court to overturn a CBI court's order staying their bail granted in connection with their arrest in the Narada sting tape case. 4. According to data, the farmers' protest is to blame for an increase in Covid cases in rural areas. Protesting farmers in Tikri and farm organizations claimed the government was attempting to sabotage the protest by making these false claims. 5. As the number of cases of mucormycosis, or black fungus, rises in India as a result of a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, social media is flooded with pleas for a specific anti-fungal medication known as ‘Amphotericin B.' 6. Since the COVID situation is worsening, students and their parents have requested that CBSE class 10, 12 board exams be canceled. Over 5 lakh students have signed an online petition on Change.org calling for the exams to be canceled or postponed. 7. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat and the Union Territory of Diu to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Tauktae.