Corona Updates

Priority will be children with comorbidities in paediatric COVID vaccine drive: NTAGI chief

Once the COVID-19 vaccination drive for children commences in India, priority would be given to children with comorbidities however severe, said National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NTAGI) Chairperson Dr NK Arora. New Delhi [India], October 3 : In an interview, Dr Arora said, “We are going to prioritise COVID-19 vaccination for children with severe comorbidities and comorbidities so that we immediately immunise them and rest of the children who are healthy can be immunised subsequently.”While speaking on how to prioritise the vaccination for children, Dr Arora stated, “We are working on that and we are trying to identify those who are at highest risk of getting the severe disease and the need for hospitalisation. Within the next couple of weeks, the list will be available in the public domain. In addition, we are also making arrangements at different parts of the country so that…

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Discussions yet not over between govt, US-based manufacturers for procuring their COVID-19 vaccines, says NTAGI chief, NK Arora

New Delhi [India]: Discussions and negotiations are still not over between the government and US-based COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers for procuring their vaccine, said Dr NK Arora, Chief of National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NTAGI) on Monday.“As I understand there are negotiations going on between the government and US-based manufacturers. It is not only Moderna and Pfizer but also Johnson and Johnson involved in the discussion,” he said in an exclusive interview with ANI. It is not certain when these discussions will conclude, he further said.Dr Arora added that even for donating vaccines to India, the US-based manufacturers have to fulfil paperwork regarding indemnity and liability clauses.“Even at WHO’s COVAX facility, the issue about indemnity and liability clauses has been raised. The US-based manufacturers have to submit paperwork to donate doses to other countries. Indemnity and liability clauses have to be fulfilled, thus, I am…

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Pregnant women can get vaccine

The Union Health Ministry on Friday accepted the recommendations of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) and approved the vaccination of pregnant women against Covid-19. Pregnant women may now register on CoWIN or walk-in to the nearest vaccination centre to get themselves vaccinated, says the Ministry. Health Ministry further added, “The operational Guideline for vaccinating pregnant women, Counselling Kit for Medical Officers and FLWs, and IEC material for the public has been shared with States/UTs for its implementation.” The decision has been communicated to all the states and union territories to implement it under the ongoing National Covid Vaccination Program, it said in a statement. India’s Covid vaccination program incorporates recommendations of the foremost experts in the field of immunization, public health, disease control and information technology. Based on scientific and epidemiological evidence, the programme gives priority to strengthening the country’s healthcare…