Following is a summary of current science news briefs.
On Gagarin flight anniversary, Putin vows Russia will remain space power
Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight on Monday with a pledge that Moscow would remain a key space and nuclear power. Gagarin became the first human in outer space on April 12, 1961, in one of the Soviet Union’s most important Cold War victories and a pivotal moment in its space race with the United States.
Autoimmune-disease drugs may reduce vaccine response; antibody treatments ineffective vs Brazil variant
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Autoimmune disease treatments may reduce vaccine responses
(With inputs from agencies.)