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India’s vaccination coverage crosses 121 crore

New Delhi [India]: India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 122 crore landmark milestone (122,34,81,344) on Sunday. More than 36 lakh (36,58,756) Vaccine Doses were administered till 7 pm on Sunday. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day, said a press release from the Ministry of Health.The recovery of 9,481 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally of recovered patients (since the beginning of the pandemic) to 3,39,98,278. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.34 crore.Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 Daily New Cases that is being reported for 154 consecutive days now.8,774 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.The Active Caseload presently stands at 1,05,691. Active cases presently constitute 0.31% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which…

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Pfizer, BioNTech not sure on vaccines’ effectiveness on new COVID variant ‘Omicron’

Washington [US]: The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech on Saturday issued a statement stating that they are not sure whether their vaccines would be able to help in the treatment of the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’.The companies also promised to develop a new vaccine against the variant in about 100 days, Sputnik reported. This came after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it identified a new COVID-19 strain, the B.1.1.529 that was initially found in southern Africa. WHO named the variant with the Greek letter ‘Omicron’.“In the event that vaccine-escape variant emerges, Pfizer and BioNTech expect to be able to develop and produce a tailor-made vaccine against that variant in approximately 100 days, subject to regulatory approval,” they added in the statement.As reported by Sputnik, Pfizer and BioNTech said they expect more data on Omicron within the next two weeks and noted the variant…

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Serum Institute of India resumes exports of COVID-19 vaccine under COVAX programme

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday resumed the exports of its COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ to the international COVID vaccine sharing programme COVAX.The first batches of Covishield left the SII manufacturing facility in Pune earlier today, for distribution to low and middle-income countries via the COVAX mechanism. SII’s supply of doses via COVAX is expected to increase substantially in Quarter 1 of 2022. Taking to Twitter, Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India said, “I am pleased to announce, that the much-awaited COVAX supplies will resume today from Serum Institute of India. This will go a long way in restoring vaccine supply equality in the world and especially in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries).”According to SII, the resumption of exports is linked to SII surpassing its original target to produce 1billion doses of Covishield by the end of this year. SII…

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15 more countries recognise India’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate

New Delhi [India]: As many as fifteen more countries have recognised India’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed late on Thursday.“Mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates continues! Fifteen more recognitions for India’s vaccination certificate,” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted. “Mutual recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates with India: Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine, Philippines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine,” MEA said in a statement.Earlier this month, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had said that nearly 100 countries have agreed to the Mutual Acceptance of vaccination certificates of India’s COVID vaccines and vaccination process.Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had said the Union Government is in communication with the rest of the world so that beneficiaries of the world’s largest COVID vaccination program gets accepted and recognized, thereby easing…

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Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine

New Delhi [India]: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Centre to file an affidavit on the aspects of the administration of booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine necessary or not and the timeline within which the same is proposed to be rolled out.A Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Jasmeet Singh asked the Centre to file a reply on the aspects relating to the booster disease of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Court also asked the Centre to mention the timeline when the booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine, if concerned necessary, to be rolled out in the Aarogya Setu app. “Let the Union of India file an affidavit for the administration of booster dose and timeline within which it is proposed to be rolled out on the Aarogya Setu app if it is necessary,” the Court said.The Court’s remark came while observing growing…

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Over 21.65 cr unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses available with States, UTs

New Delhi [India] : The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Wednesday said that more than 21.65 crore balance and unutilized COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered.The ministry further stated that over 131crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to the states and UTs so far. “As many as 1,31,62,03,540 vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far through Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. 21,65,09,916 balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered,” the ministry said.The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on June 21, 2021.The vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to States and UTs for enabling better planning…

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Serum Institute of India to start Covishield supply to COVAX countries

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: The Serum Institute of India (SII) will start COVID-19 vaccines supply to COVAX countries soon, sources said on Monday. Serum Institute of India was supposed to start Covishield vaccine supply to COVAX countries from Monday, after it received approval from the government of India, to supply COVID vaccines to other countries.“The first consignment from the Pune facility of Serum Institute of India was scheduled to leave for Nepal today. However, due to some reason, it has been delayed by two to three days,” said SII sources.“However the clarity on the exact date of the consignment dispatch is still awaited,” sources added.Earlier, the government of India has allowed the SII to start the supply of vaccines to other countries in the world. The supply of COVID vaccines to other countries was banned by the government in April this year.Earlier, in a tweet…

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UNICEF opens largest Central Asia vaccine warehouse in Uzbekistan

Tashkent [Uzbekistan]: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Saturday opened the largest warehouse for multitemperature storage of vaccines for the region of Central Asia in Uzbekistan.“Today, on World Children’s Day, UNICEF handed over the Republican Cold Chain Warehouse, the largest vaccine facility in Central Asia, to the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan. The opening of this new facility, which will allow storing large numbers of vaccines with different temperature requirements including ultra-cold temperatures,” UNICEF Uzbekistan said. UNICEF assisted the Uzbek health ministry with equipping the facility with three cold rooms of 1,000 cubic meters (35,315 cubic feet), ultracold freezers with 3,000-litre capacity (792 gallons), freezers of 40 cubic meters, and dry storage for immunization supplies.“We expect this warehouse to become a logistics hub for the entire national immunization programme, and to multiply our capacity to supply and manage vaccines,” Uzbek Health…

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Japan tops G-7 chart with highest fully vaccinated population

Tokyo [Japan]: Topping charts among the Group of Seven industrialized nations (G-7), Japan has so far vaccinated 75.7 per cent of its population with two COVID-19 shots, reported local media.Japan has successfully immunized its 125 million populations with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, reported Kyodo News citing government sources. Leaving Canada behind, which earlier was at the top with a 75.5 per cent vaccination rate, Japan has left behind other G-7 nations including the US, Germany, France, and Britain.According to the government records, 195.32 million COVID-19 vaccination shots have been administered so far, with 99.4 million having received the first shot, reported Kyodo News. Among the people of age group 65 and above, over 91 per cent are fully vaccinated.With ramped-up vaccination drive in Japan, which commenced earlier this year has resulted in the significant plunge of new COVID-19 cases. Coming down from the…

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India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 114.46 cr

New Delhi [India]: India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed 114.46 crores, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.“With the administration of 73,44,739 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage is 1,14,46,32,851 as per provisional reports till 7 am today,” said the Ministry’s statement. As many as 1,17,53,091 sessions have been administered so far.Meanwhile, India reported 11,919 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.With this, India’s active caseload stands at 1,28,762. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.37 per cent, the lowest since March 2020.With 11,242 people recovering in the last 24 hours, the recovery tally has gone up to 3,38,85,132. The recovery rate is currently at 98.28 per cent, the highest since March 2020.The country also reported 470…

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COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy greatest threat in overcoming pandemic, says Adar Poonawalla

New Delhi [India]: Chief Executive Officer of the Serum Institute of India (SII) Adar Poonawalla on Wednesday said that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is the greatest threat in overcoming the pandemic. The SII chief also urged all the adults to get vaccinated as soon as possible.“The vaccine industry has worked tirelessly to provide enough stocks for the nation. Today there are over 200 million doses available with states. Vaccine hesitancy is now the greatest threat in overcoming this pandemic.” he added.SII is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer and has manufactured hundreds of millions of doses of Covishield. The company has also exported the COVID-19 vaccine to the WHO-backed COVAX under the Government of India’s Vaccine Maitri initiative.Recently, the Centre has launched the program ‘Har ghar dastak’ campaign which aims to ensure that all the adult population is covered with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.In…

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62.82 cr samples tested for COVID

New Delhi [India]: India’s testing capacity has been ramped up extensively and it has conducted 62,82,48,841 COVID-19 tests so far, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Thursday. Of the total testing done so far 12,32,505 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.Meanwhile, India on Wednesday reported 10,197 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country also reported 12,134 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery tally to 3,38,73,890. The recovery rate is currently at 98.28 per cent, which is the highest since March 2020. India’s active caseload stands at 1,28,555, the lowest in 527 days. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.37 per cent and it is the lowest since March 2020. More than 113.68 crore vaccine…

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UK extends COVID-19 booster vaccine to people over 40 years old

London [UK]: The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) on Monday announced that people over 40 years old living in the United Kingdom will now be eligible to receive a booster COVID-19 vaccine six months after having their second dose, as a new study showed that boosters give over 90% protection in adults over 50. “JCVI has previously advised booster vaccination for all adults aged 50 years and over and those in a COVID-19 at-risk group. The offer has now been broadened to include those aged 40 to 49 years,” the committee said in a statement.The booster vaccines to be offered to this new age group are Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the same mRNA-type vaccine that is being used since September in people over 50 and at higher risk from the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. So far, more than 12,6 million people in the UK…

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Israel approves COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11

Tel Aviv [Israel]: Nachman Ash, director-general of the Israeli health ministry, on Sunday approved the expert panel’s recommendation to start COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to 11.According to a statement issued by the ministry, the recommendation approved by Ash was made on Wednesday by the ministry’s vaccination advisory committee and pandemic response team. The starting date of the vaccination for this age group will be determined in the coming days, the ministry statement said.“Most experts believed that the level of benefit in administering the vaccine at these ages outweighed the risk involved,” Ash noted.Earlier in the day, Israel’s national coronavirus czar Salman Zarka told the state-owned Kan Radio that vaccine doses for children will arrive in Israel this week.Today, the minimum eligibility age for receiving the vaccine in Israel is 12, having been gradually lowered from 65 since the start of the general…

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Australian COVID-19 cases fall to recent low amid battle against 3rd wave

Canberra [Australia] : Australia has reported its fewest daily COVID-19 cases in recent weeks as the country continues to battle the third wave of infections.There were 1,115 new locally-acquired cases and five deaths from the pandemic reported across Australia on Sunday morning. The majority of new cases were in Victoria, the country’s second-most populous state with Melbourne as the capital city, where 905 cases and four deaths were reported.As of Saturday 90.4 percent of Australians aged 16 and over had received one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 83 percent were fully inoculated, according to the Department of Health.More than 250,000 Australians have had a third booster shot.As the booster rollout accelerates Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday said the government would not change its definition of “fully vaccinated”.“The advice at this stage of Professor Brendan Murphy’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Group is that you’re regarded…

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Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin phase 3 data shows 77.8 pc efficacy against COVID-19, says Lancet

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech on Friday announced that the Lancet peer-review confirmed the efficacy analysis of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.As per phase-three clinical trials data, Covaxin demonstrates 77.8 per cent efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19. “COVAXIN is the only COVID-19 vaccine to have demonstrated efficacy data from phase III clinical trials against the delta variant at 65.2 per cent,” the official statement issued by Bharat Biotech said citing the study by the Lancet.“Efficacy analysis demonstrates Covaxin to be 77.8 per cent effective against symptomatic COVID-19, through evaluation of 130 confirmed cases, with 24 observed in the vaccine group versus 106 in the placebo group,” said the company’s statement.Further, it said that Covaxin will be 93.4 per cent effective against severe symptomatic COVID-19.“Safety analysis demonstrates adverse events reported were similar to placebo, with 12 per cent of subjects experiencing commonly known side effects and less…

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Assam to launch COVID-19 vaccination drive to achieve 100 pc administration of first dose by month-end

Guwahati (Assam) [India]: With an aim to achieve 100 per cent administration of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the state, the Assam government is set to launch a new vaccination campaign from November 22 to 27 for those yet to get vaccinated.“First dose vaccination is around 94-95 per cent (completed). We’ll complete the first dose this month… and go from village to village to verify whether 100 per cent vaccination has been done,” said Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. “If we complete the first dose this month, we will complete the second dose in February,” he added.Under this drive, vaccination will take place at every polling booth in the state and every booth would be headed by a gazetted officer. These officers will visit households under the purview of their respective booths to ensure everyone is at least vaccinated with their…

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India reports 13,091 fresh COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India] : India reported 13,091 fresh COVID-19 cases and 340 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Thursday.Of this, Kerala reported 7,540 new COVID-19 cases and 211 fatalities. The total cases reported in the country so far mounted to 3,44,01,670 with the active caseload standing at 1,38,556, which is the lowest in 266 days. Active cases account for less than one per cent of the total cases.Further, 13,878 recoveries were reported during the past 24 hours thereby mounting the recovery tally to 3,38,00,925. With this, the recovery rate currently stands at 98.25 per cent which is the highest since March 2020.The daily positivity rate stands at 1.10 per cent which is less than two per cent for the last 38 days. The weekly positivity rate stood at 1.18 per cent and has been less…

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Delhi govt sets up COVID-19 vaccination camp for devotees near Chhath puja ghat

New Delhi [India]: In a unique initiative, the Delhi Government set up a COVID-19 vaccination camp for devotees near a Chhath puja ghat in the Gavdi locality of Bhajanpura in the national capital.“The camp has been organized for those who have not taken the vaccine or whose second dose is due. Around 8,000 people are offering prayers here,” said Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Sharat Kumar. Meanwhile, the devotees in the national capital were compelled to make offerings to Sun God while standing in knee-deep water of the toxic foam-laden Yamuna river. The four-day-long Chhath festival concluded today with the ‘Usha Arghya’ (prayers to the rising sun).Devotees gathered on the bank of ghats across the country to perform the ‘Usha Arghya’ in various parts of the country.This year, the Chhath festival began on November 8 with the ‘Nahai Khai’ ritual and concluded today with devotees performing…

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US reopens land, air borders to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from today

Washington [US]: After 20 months of travel restrictions, the US is reopening its land and air borders to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from Monday.The United States is flinging its doors wide open to vaccinated international travellers on Monday, welcoming many visitors who’ve been shut out of the country for 20 months, reported CNN. The United States is largely wide open, although there are some state and local restrictions that still apply.For example, there are mask mandates in Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Washington, DC and Puerto Rico also require masks in indoor public spaces.In some cities, including New York and San Francisco, there are vaccine requirements for indoor public spaces including restaurants, reported CNN.Hawaii, which had some of the strictest entry requirements in the US, will now align with the new federal rules for international air travel. Although capacity…

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Hundreds join protests against mandatory vaccination across Australia

Canberra [Australia]: Rallies against mandatory vaccination were held throughout Australia on Sunday, national media reported.The peaceful protests were held across the state of New South Wales (NSW) as part of the ‘Reclaim The Line’ rally, with people carrying signs that read: “No mandatory vaccine,” 9News reported. Adelaide in the state of South Australia and the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland also saw the start of anti mandatory vaccination demonstrations on Sunday.Meanwhile on Saturday, massive anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown protests took place in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, and Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory, where protests got violent and seven people were arrested.People could be heard chanting phrases like “free Victoria” and “sack Dan Andrews” in Melbourne as they marched towards the Parliament House to rally against mandatory vaccination and a proposed COVID-19 pandemic bill, which would see COVID-19 rules remain in action…

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COVID-19 affects 250 million people worldwide in last 24 hours

Hanoi [Vietnam] : The world had recorded 250.2 million COVID-19 infections as of 4 pm on Sunday, including more than 5 million deaths, according to worldometers.com.The US is the hardest hit country with 47.3 million infections and 775,000 deaths. India ranked second with more than 34.3 million cases and 460,787 deaths, followed by Brazil with 21.8 million infections and 609,417 deaths. China will continue to implement strict COVID-19 control measures and a “zero tolerance” policy, a senior official of China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday.He said China’s strict policy is prompt to the current conditions in the country and scientific philosophy behind pandemic prevention and control. In the past weeks, China had reported 918 cases in 44 cities across 20 provinces with viral chains linked back to multiple imported sources which are unrelated to each other.On Sunday, China recorded 55 new cases,…

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US court temporarily halts Biden’s vaccine mandate for companies

Washington [US] : A US federal appeals court has ruled to temporarily halt a mandate by President Joe Biden’s administration that required employees of large companies to get vaccinated or undergo frequent testing.According to the mandate, employees of companies with a workforce of 100 or more must be fully vaccinated by Jan 4. Unvaccinated employees must submit weekly negative COVID-19 tests to enter the workplace after the deadline, and have to wear masks indoors at their workplaces starting December 5. Issued by three judges from the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit who were appointed by Republican presidents, the order reasoned that “there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate” and suspended the mandate “pending further action by this court.”The court order came after a joint petition against the mandate from several Republican-led states as well as several private companies.In…

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India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage exceeds 108.21 cr

New Delhi [India] : With the administration of 28,40,174 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 108.21 crore (1,08,21,66,365) as per provisional reports till 7 am on Sunday, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States, UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 Daily New Cases that are being reported for 133consecutive days now. Meanwhile, India reported 10,853 new cases in the last 24 hours.With new cases, the active caseload is presently at 1,44,845 which is the lowest in 260 days. Active cases presently constitute 0.42% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which is the lowest since March 2020 according to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare early Sunday.The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded. The last 24 hours…

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Over 107.92 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far in India

New Delhi [India] : India has administered over 107.92 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive, the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare informed on Saturday.As per the ministry, 1,07,92,19,546 vaccines doses have been administered in the country so far. Meanwhile, India reported 10,929 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The country’s active caseload stands at 1,46,950 the lowest in 255 days.Active cases account for less than one per cent of total cases, currently at 0.43 per cent, lowest since March 2020.With 12,509 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries in the country have been increased to 3,37,37,468. The recovery rate is currently at 98.23 per cent which is the highest since March 2020.The daily positivity rate is 1.35 per cent which is less than two per cent for the last 33 days and the weekly…

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Pfizer says its COVID-19 oral antiviral candidate reduces risk of hospitalisation by 89pc

New York [US]: American pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced on Friday that its investigational COVID-19 oral antiviral candidate, Paxlovid, showed an 89 per cent reduction in hospitalisation or lethal cases in high-risk patients.“The scheduled interim analysis showed an 89% reduction in risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization or death from any cause compared to placebo in patients treated within three days of symptom onset (primary endpoint),” Pfizer said in a statement. None of the patients who received Paxlovid died during the testing that lasted 28 days, compared with 10 deaths (1.6%) among those who received a placebo.“Today’s news is a real game-changer in the global efforts to halt the devastation of this pandemic. These data suggest that our oral antiviral candidate, if approved or authorized by regulatory authorities, has the potential to save patients’ lives, reduce the severity of COVID-19 infections, and eliminate up to nine out…

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Kerala: 6,580 fresh COVID-19 infections, 46 deaths recorded

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala reported 6,580 new COVID-19 cases and 46 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the state government’s data, 62,219 samples were tested during the last 24 hours.As many as 7,085 fresh recoveries pushed the overall discharges/recoveries to 48,94,435. The death toll mounted to 33,048. Meanwhile, India reported 12,729 fresh COVID-19 cases and 221 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry. The country’s active caseload stands at 1,48,922. With 12,165 recoveries in the last 24 hours, the cumulative recoveries reached 3,37,24,959. The total death toll has reached 4,59,873. (ANI)

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Travellers vaccinated with Covaxin can now enter US

Washington [US]: Travellers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with Covaxin have been given the green light to enter the US from November 8. Talking to ANI over updating the approved travel list for Covaxin, CDC press officer, Scott Pauley said, “CDC’s travel guidance applies to FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines and encompasses any new vaccines that may be added to either of those lists over time.”The last-minute addition comes less than one week before the US launches its new travel system, which grants entry to foreign travellers who have received a vaccine that has been approved for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or WHO.The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday acknowledged the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) granting emergency use listing (EUL) to India’s indigenous vaccine Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech.The WHO said in…

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WHO EUL approval opens up Covaxin for worldwide use, says ICMR DG

New Delhi [India]: Following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Balram Bhargava on Wednesday said the approval has now opened up the indigenous vaccine for worldwide use.Speaking to ANI, Bhargava said, “It is a great day for India. It is a classic example of how private-public partnership has been a success in this field. The hard work of scientists and healthcare workers has led to this approval today. This makes India very proud. We should keep up this momentum.” Asked about the significance of getting EUL from WHO, the ICMR DG said, “It means the whole world is open for us for sending this vaccine. And, in India, we have already administered a large number of doses, therefore we will be able to send this vaccine to…

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No COVID-19 vaccination at civic, govt-run centres in Mumbai for 4 days

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday announced that no COVID-19 vaccination will take place at civic and government-run centres in Mumbai between November 4 to 7 owing to Diwali celebrations.The vaccination will resume on November 8. According to the BMC, it has a sufficient stock of COVID-19 vaccine doses. Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 1,078 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths. The active cases stand at 15,485.

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Covaxin ‘extremely suitable’ for low, middle-income countries due to easy storage requirements: WHO

Geneva [Switzerland]: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that Covaxin — COVID-19 vaccine developed by Bharata Biotech — is extremely suitable for low and middle-income countries due to easy storage requirements.The UN health body — which granted approval for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of Covaxin on Wednesday — said that the Bharat Biotech’s vaccine was found to have 78 per cent efficacy against the COVID-19 of any severity, 14 or more days after the second dose.“Covaxin was found to have 78 per cent efficacy against #COVID19 of any severity, 14 or more days after the second dose, and is extremely suitable for low- and middle-income countries due to easy storage requirements,” WHO said in a tweet on Wednesday.The UN health body’s emergency use listing procedure assess the vaccine under the procedure based on the review of data on quality, safety, efficacy, a risk…

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WHO chief scientist congratulates India after WHO approves Covaxin for emergency use listing

Geneva [Switzerland]: WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan on Wednesday congratulated India after the World Health Organisation (WHO) granted approval for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin.“One more vaccine gets @WHO emergency use listing. Congratulations India @BharatBiotech@ICMRDELHI @MoHFW_INDIA for successful development of indigenous vaccine #Covaxin as well as for a massive vaccination program,” the WHO Chief Scientist tweeted. The WHO has issued an emergency use listing (EUL) for India’s indigenous vaccine Covaxin, adding to a growing portfolio of vaccines validated by WHO for prevention of COVID-19.The WHO said in a tweet that the Technical Advisory Group, convened by World Health Organisation (WHO), has determined that the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine meets WHO standards for protection against COVID-19.“WHO has granted emergency use listing (EUL) to COVAXIN® (developed by Bharat Biotech), adding to a growing portfolio of vaccines validated by WHO…

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US formally recommends Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11

Washington [US]: Following rigorous review and authorization process by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday (local time) has formally recommended the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11.“Today, following a rigorous review and authorization process by the FDA, the CDC has formally recommended the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11. This is encouraging news, and a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus,” tweeted US President Joe Biden. “It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others,” read White House statement.Over the last several weeks, the Biden administration has been working hard to be prepared for this moment.“We are ready to act. We have already secured enough vaccine supply for every child in America,…

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Covaxin recognition by Australia important step in post-COVID bilateral partnership, says PM Modi

Glasgow [UK]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday thanked his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison after Canberra recognised Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine.“I thank my dear friend @ScottMorrisonMP for Australia’s recognition of India’s COVAXIN. It is an important step forward in the post-COVID partnership between India and Australia,” PM Modi tweeted. The Australian government gave recognition to Covaxin vaccine for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status in the country.“Today, the Therapeutic Goods Administration determined that Covaxin (manufactured by BharatBiotech) vaccine would be ‘recognised’ for the purpose of establishing a traveller’s vaccination status,” Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell informed in a tweet.Recognition of Covaxin, along with the previously announced recognition of Covishield (manufactured by AstraZeneca, India), means many citizens of India, as well as other countries where these vaccines have been widely deployed, will now be considered fully vaccinated on entry to…

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Kolkata airport mandates in bound passengers to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated, carry RT-PCR negative tests

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Airport Authority of India (AAI), Kolkata on Monday issued guidelines stating that passengers arriving in West Bengal should be either fully vaccinated or carry an RT-PCR negative report for COVID-19, conducted within 72 hours of departure.The statement came after the West Bengal government asked officials to issue guidelines as the state witnessed a spurt in COVID-19 cases following Dussehra. In a series of tweets, the Kolkata Airport said, “Passengers to kindly note as per guidelines of State Govt, all inbound flight passengers to West Bengal shall have to be either fully (doubly) vaccinated or furnish an RT-PCR negative report for a test conducted within 72hrs of such flight departure.The instructions are applicable from November 1, said the authority.In another tweet, the authority said, “Also, as per State Govt directives thrice a week restrictions on flight travels shall be applicable…

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India preparing to produce over 5 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for world next year, says PM Modi

Rome [Italy]: India is preparing to produce more than 5 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for the world next year to fight against the pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the first session of the G-20 Summit in Rome on Saturday.Speaking at the first session on the global economy and global health, PM Modi said, “India has always been serious about its global obligations. Today, on this G-20 platform, I want to tell you all that India is preparing to produce more than 5 billion vaccine doses for the world next year.” In his address, the Prime Minister spoke about the recognition of Indian COVID-19 vaccine certificates. He said, “This commitment of India will go a long way in preventing the global infection of COVID-19. Therefore, it is necessary that Indian vaccines be recognised by WHO at the earliest.”PM Modi stressed the ‘One Earth,…

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UK to donate 20 million more AstraZeneca vaccine doses to countries in need by end of 2021

London [UK]: The United Kingdom on Saturday announced that it would donate 20 million more Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine doses by the end of the year to countries in need.“In 2022, the UK will donate at least 20 million more Oxford-AZ doses,” a statement released by 10 Downing Street said. So far, 10 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were sent to countries in need as part of the COVAX sharing programme and 10 million more will be sent in the next few weeks. The sent vaccine doses are part of a promised 100 million doses plan for emergency vaccination of people living in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries.“These additional donations mean 30.6 million surplus doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca will have been given to those in need in 2021,” the statement added.The UK will also donate 20 million doses of the Janssen vaccine that it…

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India reports 14,313 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India]n: A total of 14,313 new Covid-19 cases and 549 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Saturday.Also, 13,543 people recovered from Covid-19 taking the overall recovery count (since the beginning of the pandemic) to 3,36,41,175. “The Active Caseload is presently at 1,61,555. Active cases presently constitute 0.47% of the country’s total Positive Cases, which is lowest since March 2020,” said the medical bulletin.Meanwhile, India administered 56.71 lakh vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s cumulative vaccination coverage over 105.43 cr, as per the official release.“The last 24 hours saw a total of 11,76,850 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted over 60.70 Cr (60,70,62,619) cumulative tests,” said the official release.

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Italian PM, other EU leaders laud India’s achievements in COVID-19 vaccination

New Delhi [India]: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Friday said European Union leaders including Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi have congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s excellent progress on COVID-19 vaccination.“EU leaders, as well as the Italian PM, congratulated PM Modi for India’s excellent progress on vaccination both in terms of the number of vaccines administered in our country and also in terms of percentage of people covered in the first dose,” Shringla said during the special briefing on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Italy. Highlighting that the EU is one of India’s very important partners, Shringla said that in today’s meetings, the leaders reviewed India-EU cooperation covering political and security relations, trade and investment relations, as well as roadmap 2025 adopted for the India EU summit.They also discussed developments around climate change, COVID-19 pandemic and contemporary global and regional developments…

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Most people have either been infected with COVID earlier or have taken jabs: Satyendra Jain

Delhi [India]: Claiming that 97 per cent of those under the sixth serological survey in Delhi have developed antibodies against coronavirus, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday while specifying the reason for the same said that this is because most of the population in the national capital has already been infected with the virus earlier or have taken the COVID-19 vaccination.Speaking to ANI, Jain said, “The recent serosurvey shows that 97 per cent of people have developed antibodies. It means most of the people have either been infected with the disease earlier or have taken COVID-19 jabs.” The sixth survey was conducted between September 24 and October 27 and as many as 27,811 samples were tested, of which, 24,895 were seropositive.According to the survey, antibodies were found in 95 per cent of people who are fully or partially vaccinated, antibodies were present in…

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Centre to launch ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination

New Delhi [India]: Centre will soon start a mega COVID-19 vaccination campaign ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ in poor-performing districts aiming to achieve full vaccination by the end of November, said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday.“We are going to launch a mega vaccination campaign ‘Har Ghar Dastak’. We have decided that for the next one month, healthcare workers will go door-to-door to vaccinate people eligible for the second dose and also those who have not taken the first dose,” the minister told media persons. Mandaviya on Wednesday chaired a national review meeting with health ministers of states and UTs to discuss the scaling up of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country.According to the minister, 77 per cent of the eligible population in India has been vaccinated against COVID with the first dose while 32 per cent people have received both doses. “More than…

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Oman approves Covaxin COVID-19 vaccines for travel without quarantine

Muscat [Oman]: The Government of the Sultanate of Oman on Wednesday added Indian-made Covaxin to the approved list of COVID-19 vaccines for travel to the country without quarantine.“COVAXIN has now been added to the approved list of COVID-19 vaccines for travel to Oman without quarantine. This will facilitate travellers from India vaccinated with COVAXIN,” tweeted the Embassy of India in Muscat. “All passengers from India who have received two doses of Covaxin at least 14 days before the estimated arrival date will now be able to travel to Oman without the requirement of quarantine. All other COVID-19 related requirements/conditions, such as pre-arrival RT-PCR test shall be applicable for such passengers,” read the press release of the Indian Embassy.This notification will significantly ease travel to Oman for Indian nationals who have taken Covaxin. Passengers who have taken AstraZeneca/Covishield are already permitted to travel to Oman…

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Over 103.53 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India so far

New Delhi [India] : With the administration of 55,89,124 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 103.53 crore, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.As per provisional reports till 7 am today, 1,03,53,25,577 vaccine doses were administered through 1,02,95,714 sessions. Meanwhile, India reported 13,451 new COVID-19 cases and 585 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 3,42,15,653.With this, the country’s active caseload stands at 1,62,661, which is the lowest in 242 days.The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases and is currently at 0.48 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020.The country also reported 14,021 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s recovery rate to 98.19 per cent, which is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.India has also ramped up…

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Approval for Covaxin on basis of WHO meeting today: Mansukh Mandaviya

New Delhi [India] : Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday said that approval for Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin will be given on the basis of the meeting which will be convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.“WHO has a system in which there is a technical committee which has approved it (Covaxin) while the other committee is meeting today. The approval for Covaxin will be given on the basis of today’s meeting,” said Union Health Minister during a press briefing here. Earlier this month, WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan had said that WHO’s technical advisory group will meet on October 26 to consider emergency use listing (EUL) for Covaxin.The WHO last week had said a vaccine recommended by it for emergency use must be evaluated thoroughly.“We are aware that many people are waiting for WHO’s recommendation for Covaxin to…

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US donated 100,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Nepal

Kathmandu [Nepal]: A total of 100,620 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States of America arrived in Kathmandu on Monday.Sepideh Keyvanshad, Mission Director for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nepal, handed the shipment of coronavirus vaccines given to Nepal on a grant. The shipment was received by Health Secretary Dr Roshan Pokhrel today. The Health Secretary said that the vaccine aid would help to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. With this donation, the Nepalese government is planning to inoculate people above the age of 12 years and those with chronic health diseases.The USAID mission director expressed happiness over getting an opportunity to join hands with Nepal in the fight against the pandemic. As well as she committed that the Himalayan Nation also would get additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the day to come.Nepal Health Ministry Spokesperson Dr Krishna…

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US to donate 100,620 more COVID-19 doses to Nepal

Kathmandu [Nepal]: The United States is set to donate 100,620 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal, the Embassy of the United States in Nepal announced on Sunday.The said amount of coronavirus vaccines will arrive in the capital city Kathmandu on Monday. This adds to the 1.53 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines given by the US to Nepal in July, the embassy said. “Breaking: From the United States to Nepal. The United States is donating 100,620 Pfizer vaccines to the people of Nepal, the arrival is expected tomorrow! This adds to the 1.53 million J&J vaccines given by the U.S. to Nepal in July,” the US embassy tweeted.This donation comes two days after the top US envoy met Nepal Health Minister Birodh Khatiwada and discussed bilateral issues including cooperation on COVID-19.“Today, as part of regular diplomatic engagement, Ambassador Berry met with Health Minister Birodh…

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Australia launches ‘spread freedom’ COVID-19 vaccination push amid battle against 3rd wave

Canberra [Australia]: The Australian government has launched the next phase of its coronavirus vaccination campaign as the country continues to battle the third wave of COVID-19 infections.Health Minister Greg Hunt Sunday debuted the government’s new vaccine advertising campaign. Dubbed “spread freedom,” the campaign emphasizes the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 such as the freedom to travel interstate and overseas, reminding people that with increasing vaccinations they are able to return to a more normal and free life.As of Saturday, 86.6 per cent of Australians had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and 73.1 percent were fully inoculated.Lieutenant General John Frewen, the COVID-19 Taskforce commander, said Australia was on track to become one of the most vaccinated countries in the world.“We’ve now got enough vaccines distributed around the country to double dose all Australians who want to get vaccinated,” he told reporters in…

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Kerala logs 8,909 new COVID-19 cases, many deaths in last 24 hrs, Cases in Other States also on rise

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala reported 8,909 new COVID-19 cases and 65 deaths in the past 24 hours, said the state health bulletin on Saturday. As many as 8,780 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours in Kerala.Further, the active number of cases in the state stands at 80,555. The new fatalities pushed the cumulative COVID death toll to 28,229. Meanwhile, India reported 16,326 new COVID-19 cases and 666 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today. With this, the total tally of COVID-19 deaths in India now stands at 4,53,708. (ANI)

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Will make India self-sufficient: SII

New Delhi [India]: While appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s landmark achievement of administering over 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine jabs, Cyrus Poonawalla, chairman of Serum Institute of India (SII) said that they will make India self-sufficient in the COVID-19 vaccine which will be available at the lowest possible price in the world. Poonawala’s remarks came after attending an interaction of Indian manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccine with PM Modi.He said, “Today, the PM Modi was very happy as our assurance of giving COVID-19 vaccines has been fulfilled. This is only possible because the PM has gone out of his way and made all the people move very fast. The health workers also cooperated and thus we have achieved this milestone. We will make India self-sufficient in the COVID-19 vaccine, with the lowest possible price in the world “ Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya…

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People should avoid hesitancy, get fully vaccinated, says Dr Trehan

New Delhi [India]: People should avoid hesitancy and get fully vaccinated against COVID-19, urged Medanta Hospitals chairman Dr Naresh Trehan on Friday. Commenting on the country’s 100 crore COVID-19 vaccination milestone, the Medanta chairman said, “It is a huge achievement the country is proud of.”“I think, there are many things involved in the accomplishment of this feat,” said Dr Trehan.“Every aspect of the Prime Minister and his persistence should be looked at, like the manufacturer of vaccines, the dedication of the team, government and the functionaries who worked day and night,” he added.He also appreciated people who were involved in the vaccination process and said that everyone worked unitedly irrespective of them being either government or private associators.Speaking further Dr Trehan said that COVID-19 vaccination for children is also an important aspect and there is a lot to be done on this.“We’ve reached an…

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WHO urges vaccination for health workers as over 115,000 have died

Washington [US]: The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to prioritize vaccination for health workers in the light of its new paper estimating that 115,000 died from coronavirus between January 2020 and May 2021.Although data from 119 countries suggests that on average two in five health workers globally are fully vaccinated, there are nonetheless huge differences across regions and economic groups, said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press briefing on Thursday. For example, WHO’s data shows that less than one in ten health workers in Africa has been fully vaccinated, while in most high-income countries more than 80 percent of health workers are fully vaccinated. According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), WHO had been informed by governments of less than 7,000 COVID-related healthcare worker deaths during that period.However, WHO and ICN analyzed this information, and arrived at an…

Politics State's Latest

Kejriwal lauds healthcare, frontline workers

New Delhi [India] : As India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage surpassed the 100 crore mark on Thursday, Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lauded the efforts of the healthcare and frontline workers.Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said, “Congratulations to all the countrymen on administering 100 crore vaccines. Salute to the doctors, nurses and frontline workers who made this possible. All of us countrymen together faced this disease. Together we will defeat this forever.” India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched on January 16, 2021.Initially, the vaccination was opened for Health Care Workers (HCWs) only.From February 2, front line workers were made eligible for vaccination. These included State and Central Police personnel, Armed Force Personnel, Home Guards, Civil Defence & Disaster Management Volunteers, Municipal workers, Prison Staff, PRI Staff and Revenue workers involved in containment and surveillance, Railway Protection Force and election Staff.The vaccination…

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India inoculates over 100 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses

As the country achieved the milestone of vaccinating over 100 crore Indians against COVID-19 on Thursday , India’s role as the pharmacy of the world became more entrenched with the nation manufacturing COVID vaccines and many drugs used in the treatment against the virus. New Delhi [India] : Even after witnessing the havoc created by the two waves of the pandemic, India emerged out of its effects by ramping up the pharma manufacturing sector and maintaining a resilient supply chain of essential drugs. The Centre in an official statement has stated that vaccination drive has been ramped up through the availability of more vaccines, advanced visibility of vaccine availability to states and union territories for enabling better planning by them and streamlining the vaccine supply chain.During the second wave in the pandemic that hit the country around April this year, the Department of Pharmaceuticals undertook the…

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Union Health Minister to launch song to celebrate administration of 100 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday will launch a song and an audiovisual film to celebrate the milestone of administering 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses.As per an official release, Union Minister Mandaviya will launch a song and an audiovisual film at Red Fort in the national capital. As per an official release, 99.12 cr. vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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Vaccine for Children: Biden administration announces plan to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5-11

Washington [US] : The Biden administration has revealed plans to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11, a White House statement said on Wednesday. “Today the Biden Administration is announcing a plan to ensure that, if a vaccine is authorized for children aged 5-11, it is quickly distributed and made conveniently and equitably available to families across the country. The start of a vaccination program for children aged 5-11 will depend on the independent FDA and CDC process and timeline, but our planning efforts mean that we will be ready to begin getting shots in arms in the days following a final CDC recommendation,” read the statement.According to the statement, the Biden Administration announced that it has secured enough shots to vaccinate all 28 million children who would become eligible if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves and the Centers…

Entertainment Marathi

Prathamesh Parab Receives His Second Dose Of Covid-19 Vaccine

Actor Prathamesh Parab has received his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The ‘Timepass’ star took to his Instagram handle to share this news with his fans. Taking to his Instagram story, Prathamesh shared a picture from the vaccination centre where he is seen receiving her second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Check out  On the work front, Prathamesh’s much-awaited comedy-drama ‘Darling’ is arriving in theatres on December 10, 2021. Recently, the ‘Timepass’ star took to his Instagram handle to this news with his fans. It also stars Ritika Shrotri and Nikkhhil Chavaan in lead roles.

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102 cr vaccine doses provided

New Delhi [India]: Over 102 crore COVID-19 vaccines have been provided to states and union territories so far, said the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.As per information shared by the ministry, a total of 1,02,05,09,915 doses have been provided to states and union territories so far through the Central government’s free of cost channel and through the direct state procurement category. The ministry in an official statement said that more than 10.42 crore balance and unutilised COVID vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered to the eligible population.As per the ministry, balance and unutilised COVID vaccine doses amount to 10,42,38,220.“The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country,” stated the ministry.“The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability…

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First children-friendly COVID-19 vaccination centre comes up in Delhi

By Shalini Bhardwaj New Delhi [India]: One of the private imaging centres in Delhi has become the first COVID-19 vaccination centre for children in India. The centre would cater to children above 2 years to 18 years and their vaccination process.The new children-friendly COVID-19 vaccination centre has been given a catchy look and feel. The centre has been painted with cartoons and animal themes in a way that will help to reduce the injection fear among the children. It also has paintings of popular cartoons like Motu-Patlu, dinosaurs etc on the wall. This kids vaccination centre is getting a lot of praise from the residents and Children are also coming to see the centre. “If we see demographic distribution then the age group of 0-18 years isn’t less. We can’t leave them unvaccinated, because diseases in children are not severe but still, they are…

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India reports continuous rise in COVID-19 cases

New Delhi [India] : India has reported 15,981 new COVID-19 cases and 166 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Health Ministry on Saturday.With the addition of new cases, India’s active caseload now stands at 2,01,632. The cumulative cases registered since the onset of the pandemic reached 3,40,53,573. With 17,861 recoveries in the last 24 hours, total recoveries jumped to 3,33,99,961.As many as 4,51,980 have succumbed to the virus till now.Meanwhile, in the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, 97,23,77,045 vaccine doses have been administered. Of these, 8,36,118 were administered in the last 24 hours.

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Denmark to start offering COVID-19 booster shots to those over 65

Aarhus [Denmark]: Denmark begins the second phase of its revaccination program next Monday in an effort to protect the vulnerable from COVID-19 infection, the Danish Health Authority (SST) said in a press release on Friday.“We have assessed that people between the ages of 65 and 85, staff in the health and aged care sector and people at particularly increased risk should be offered revaccination when more than six and a half months have passed since their last vaccination,” SST Deputy Director Helene Probst was quoted in the release. “The timing of revaccination is crucial. We want to start it before people become seriously ill with COVID-19 and at the same time ensure that revaccination takes place in a well-founded, knowledge-based manner.”The announcement came on the heels of the decision to start the first phase of revaccination at the end of September when those aged…

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Tamil Nadu reports 1,280 new COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Tamil Nadu reported 1,280 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. According to the state health bulletin, the total active cases stand at 15,650 and 1,453 recoveries are reported in the last 24 hours.The total number of people who tested positive is 1,280 and the total number tested so far stands at 26,82,137. The total number of people tested by RT-PCR stand at 1,38,228 and the total test went up to 4, 79,64,847. The number of people discharged in the last 24 hours is 1,453 and the total number of people discharged so far is 26,30,654, read the health bulletin. (ANI)

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Malaysia reports 7,276 new COVID-19 infections, 103 new deaths

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia]: Malaysia reported another 7,276 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Tuesday, bringing the national total to 23,53,579, according to the health ministry. None of the new cases is imported, with all being local transmissions, data released on the ministry’s website showed.Another 103 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 27,525. About 10,555 patients have been released after recovery, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 22,17,057. Of the remaining 1,08,997 active cases, 722 are being held in intensive care and 386 of those are in need of assisted breathing. The country reported 2,09,534 doses administered on Tuesday alone and some 75.2 per cent of the population have received at least one dose and 66.1 per cent are fully vaccinated. (ANI/Xinhua)

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Validation awaited to Covaxin for children aged between 2-18 years

New Delhi [India] : After the evaluation of data Covaxin is yet to get approval by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for children between 2-18 years old, according to official sources.Bharat Biotech, the manufacturer of Covaxin, has submitted data for clinical trials in the age group of 2-18 years to Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). The data has been thoroughly reviewed by the CDSCO and Subject Experts Committee and has provided their positive recommendations. 

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Turkey records highest daily COVID-19 cases since April

Ankara [Turkey] (ANI/Sputnik): Turkey’s number of new daily infections rose to a five-month high of 30,563 on Monday, new COVID-19 figures published by the Health Ministry showed. The country saw a record 63,082 new cases in mid-April before daily infections leveled off to an average 7,000 in June. The daily count started climbing again in July, prompting warnings of a fourth wave in fall.A further 188 virus-related deaths were reported on Monday. The all-time high was also recorded in April when 394 patients died over a 24-hour period. Turkey began the vaccine rollout in January after receiving the first batch of China’s CoronaVac shot and is now using Pfizer and Sputnik V vaccines. More than 54 million people in the country of 84 million have received at least one dose. (ANI/Sputnik)

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Myanmar reports 1,197 new COVID-19 cases, 28 more deaths

Yangon [Myanmar](ANI/Xinhua): Myanmar on Monday reported 1,197 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a daily test positivity rate of 7.3 percent in the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 479,848. The Ministry of Health said in a release that with 28 more deaths recorded from the pandemic nationwide, the coronavirus death toll has risen to 18,162.According to the ministry, the total number of recoveries from COVID-19 stands currently at 432,457 in the Asian country, and over 4.52 million samples have so far been tested for COVID-19. Myanmar detected its first two COVID-19 cases on March 23 last year. (ANI/Xinhua)

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India reports lowest COVID-19 cases in 215 days

New Delhi [India] : As informed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India reported 18,132 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest in 215 days,.With this, the country’s active caseload now stands at 2,27,347, which is the lowest in 209 days. Also, the active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases and are currently at 0.67 per cent, the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic.Since March 2020 the recovery rated has increased which is currently at 98.00 per cent, highest till date.Meanwhile, 95.19 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

Europe International

Portugal vaccinated 85 per cent of its population against COVID-19, says Official

Lisbon [ Portugal]: Portugal has completed the vaccination of 85 per cent of its population against COVID-19, the country’s Director-General of Health Graca Freitas said on Saturday.Freitas told Lusa news agency that Portugal managed to lead the global vaccination race by having “given an opportunity to everyone to be vaccinated” and thanks to the collaboration of the public and health professionals. According to a press release from Portugal’s Health Ministry, around 15.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country, making it possible for 8.4 million people to have the complete vaccination.In addition, Portugal is completing the immunisation of the adolescent population between the ages of 12 and 17, with 83 per cent having completed their vaccination.As of Friday, Portugal had recorded over 1.07 million COVID-19 cases and 18,027 deaths, according to the official data.

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India administers over 79.12 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses in last 24 hours

New Delhi [India]: India administered more than 79.12 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.The ministry further said that the country’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has nearly reached 94 crores. This has been achieved through 91,40,316 sessions.“With the administration of 79,12,202 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage nearly reaches 94 Cr (93,99,15,323) as per provisional reports till 7 am today. This has been achieved through 91,40,316 sessions,” the health ministry said.Meanwhile, India reported 19,740 new cases in the last 24 hours.With this, the country’s active caseload now stands at 2,36,643, which is the lowest in 206 days.The recovery rate is currently at 97.98 per cent, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Andhra logs 693 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Andhra Pradesh reported 693 fresh COVID-19 cases and 6 fatalities in the past 24 hours, informed the state health department on Friday. With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state reached 20,55,999 including 8,310 active infections.With 927 new recoveries, the number of recovered patients from COVID-19 in the state mounted to 20,33,447. As many as 4,31,33,856 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state. Meanwhile, India on Friday reported 21,257 new COVID-19 infections. As per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total active cases in the country now stand at 2,40,221, which is the lowest in 205 days. (ANI)

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Maharashtra announces ‘Mission Kavach Kundal’ scheme to boost up COVID-19 vaccination in state

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: With a target to administer 15 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses daily, the Maharashtra government on Thursday announced Mission Kavach Kundal from October 8-14.Speaking to reporters, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said, “In view of Central government’s aim to administer 100 crore vaccines across the country before Dussehra (October 15), the state government has decided to administer 15 lakh vaccines per day under this scheme.” “As per the data that I have, nearly 60 per cent of the people on the state have been jabbed with their first dose and 30 per cent of the people have been jabbed with the second dose,” Tope informed.Speaking about the likely third wave, the minister said, “We will get an idea of the likely third wave around the festivals of Dussehra and Diwali. It’s important to maintain a proper immune system. We will continue to…

Business Economy

Major hub for India’s global economic engagement: ASEAN

New Delhi [India] :External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Thursday, ASEAN is one of the major hubs for India’s global economic engagement and New Delhi would like to re-visit the level of ambition that it has set for the partnership with the South East Asian bloc.EAM Jaishankar during the INDO-ASEAN business summit noted that India’s ties with the ASEAN are rooted in history, geography and culture. “What has energised them in recent years is a growing awareness of the potential they hold for our mutual interests and development. As our cooperation grew in the course of the last 25 years, new facets and domains emerged for collaboration.”The minister said that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided the backdrop for how most countries approach both their economic policies and have even shaped our way of life.“From the prolonged crisis of the last two years, four…

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India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage crosses 92.60 crore doses

New Delhi [India]: India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 92.60 crores on Wednesday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.More than 40 lakh (40,43,600) vaccine doses have been administered till 8:30 pm on Wednesday. “In a significant achievement, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 92.60 Crore (92,60,48,527) today. More than 40 lakh (40,43,600) Vaccine Doses have been administered till 8:30 pm today. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late tonight,” read a press statement from the Ministry.It further said, 19,68,077 people were given the first dose of the vaccine on Wednesday while 20,75,523 people were given their second dose.Till yet, 66,93,56,590 people have been given the first dose of the vaccine while 25,66,91,937 people have been given the second dose.

International World Updates

Canada announces COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal employees, most travellers

Ottawa [Canada]: The Canadian government announced on Wednesday a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal employees and travellers aged 12 and older.All federal employees in the core public administration must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 29, according to an announcement. Those who are not fully vaccinated or do not disclose their vaccination status by that date will be placed on administrative leave without pay, it added.The government also said all travellers 12 or older must be fully vaccinated by the end of October to board planes, trains, or marine vessels in Canada.Some 88 percent of eligible Canadians have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose and about 82 percent of eligible Canadians are fully inoculated, according to senior officials.As of Wednesday noon, Canada reported 1,007 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total to 1,644,481, including 28,068 deaths, data from Canadian media outlets showed.

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India being world’s largest vaccine producer crucial in fight against COVID-19, says US diplomat

New Delhi [India]: India and the United States have an “indispensable” partnership that covers areas across multiple dimensions and both countries can jointly overcome any challenge, said US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Wednesday.“As Prime Minister Modi’s recent visit to Washington and the Quad leaders’ summit that took place over a week ago, demonstrated that ours is an indispensable partnership,” Sherman said during a meeting with Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. “There is no challenge that the United States and India cannot overcome when we work together,” she said.While lauding India’s decision to resume vaccine export, Sherman said, as the “world’s largest vaccine producer” is a crucial leader in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.“We look forward to working together with India to vaccinate the world including through the Quad vaccine partnership,” the US diplomat said.Highlighting the importance of addressing the climate issues,…

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India’s cumulative COVID vaccination coverage crosses 92 crore doses

New Delhi [India]: India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 92 crores on Tuesday, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.More than 54 lakh Vaccine doses were administered on Tuesday till 7 pm. “In a significant achievement, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 92 Crore landmark milestone (92,11,80,022) today. More than 54 lakh (54,08,420) vaccine doses have been administered till 7 pm on Tuesday,” read a press statement from the Ministry.The daily tally for vaccination is expected to increase with the compilation of the final report for the day, as per the press statement.It further said, 28,78,191 people were given the first dose of the vaccine on Tuesday while 25,30,229 people were given their second dose.Till yet, 66,68,62,829 people have been given the first dose of the vaccine while 25,43,17,193 people have been given the second dose.

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Highest ever vaccination in J-K in a day, 1.78 lakh COVID vaccine doses administered

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha informed that 1.78 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.Taking to Twitter, Sinha informed, “Highest ever vaccination in Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory on Monday. 1.78 lakh doses were administered. Congratulations to the health workers, doctors and DCs for their tireless effort. Stay masked, get vaccinated, stay safe.” Meanwhile, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 91 crores, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). As per the ministry, 91,47,00,041 vaccine doses have been administered to eligible beneficiaries so far.

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700 passengers from UK arrive at Delhi airport, sent to mandatory 10-days quarantine

New Delhi [India]: Around 700 passengers, who landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on Monday from the United Kingdom, were sent to a 10-day mandatory quarantine after getting their RT-PCR test done at the airport in Delhi. Passengers were sent to 10-day mandatory quarantine in view of the Indian Government’s fresh visa conditions under ‘reciprocal measures’ for UK nationals. The new visa conditions have been implemented from Sunday midnight onwards. A senior government official confirmed that a total of three flights from the UK arrived at IGI airport till Monday afternoon that carried around 700 passengers, including UK nationals. As per the new rules, all passengers have to undergo a compulsory RT-PCR test followed by a 10-days quarantine at home or the destination address. “A team of Delhi government is deployed at the airport to carry out the process. They are completing…

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COVID-19 vaccine ZyCov-D price still under negotiation, say Govt Sources

New Delhi [India]: Negotiation over the pricing of COVID-19 vaccine ZyCov-D between the central government and Zydus Cadila are still underway. The final decision is expected by this week, as per the government sources.The government is negotiating for a reduction in the price of the vaccine. The decision of the pricing is taking time owing to two factors; one is that it is a three-dose vaccine and the other is its application. A needle-free applicator or a jet injector is used for the application of the ZyCov-D vaccine, which can be used to vaccinate 10,000 people.The government sources told ANI that the price from the government is expected to be around Rs 300 per dose.Underlining the dilemma of the government, the sources said, “The final cost of ZyCov-D has not been finalised yet because the cost of the special applicator that will be used…

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Russia sees 25,769 daily COVID-19 cases, 890 Deaths

Moscow [Russia]: Russia saw 25,769 new COVID-19 cases and 890 virus-related deaths over the past 24 hours, the national crisis response centre said on Sunday morning. The biggest share of new cases was recorded in Moscow. A further 4,294 infections were confirmed in the capital, with 65 patients dying. St. Petersburg reported 2,463 new infections and 59 deaths.The authority said that a further 15,391 coronavirus patients had been discharged from hospitals, with a total of 6,725,965 recovering since the pandemic began. The country has recorded 7,586,536 million coronavirus cases since the outbreak began early last year. A total 209, 918 people died of the virus. (ANI/Sputnik)

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Vaccination of children only way to get rid of COVID pandemic: AIIMS Director

New Delhi [India]: Children between 12 to 18 years of age will be vaccinated against COVID-19 very soon, said Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.Speaking to ANI on Friday, Dr Guleria said the current priority is to vaccinate those who can have severe diseases. “As we know that children mostly have mild diseases, so due to the limited supply of the vaccination, we are prioritising those people who can have severe disease,” he said.“Children will also get vaccinated very soon because that’s the only way to get rid of the pandemic,” added AIIMS Director.Regarding the coming festive season, Guleria said that people should not forget that the fight against the pandemic is not over.“I appeal to the public to remain alert and vigilant for the next 6-8 weeks, only then we will be able to see a…

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Biden reiterates need for more vaccinations as COVID-19 death toll in US tops 7,00,000

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden said that the fact that the US death toll from the coronavirus infection has surpassed 7,00,000 means that more people need to get vaccinated in the country.“To heal we must remember, and as our nation mourns the painful milestone of 7,00,000 American deaths due to COVID-19, we must not become numb to the sorrow. …the astonishing death toll is yet another reminder of just how important it is to get vaccinated,” Biden said in a Saturday statement. The US leader pointed out that his country has made “extraordinary progress” in the fight against COVID-19 this year, thanks to vaccines.“More than three-quarters of all Americans age 12 and up have now received at least one vaccine dose – including nearly 94 pe rcent of all seniors,” Biden emphasised.On Monday, Biden got the Pfizer booster shot administered to him, in…

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Ernakulam administers 100% first doses

Kochi (Kerala) [India]: Ernakulam becomes the first district in Kerala to complete 100 per cent COVID vaccination of its target population with the first dose, Industries Minister P Rajeev announced on Saturday.While addressing the audience at a felicitation program of hospital authorities and health workers in the district, Rajeev said, “Today is a very proud occasion. A vast district like Ernakulam has completed 100 per cent first dose vaccination in Kerala. I am now announcing this formally.” Sharing state government’s target of completing 100 per cent administration of the second dose of the vaccine within the next three months, the Minister said, “The second dose will be completed within three months. Now the second completed around 50 per cent.”“The district administration and the health system have done a commendable job. The health system in the state became ready to deal with COVID very quickly.…

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Fully vaccinated people not following COVID-19 protocols, exposing themselves to risk, says Ajit Pawar

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday, while quoting a survey by the state government, said that those who are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus are not following the protocols and are exposing themselves to infection.While interacting with media after the weekly COVID review meeting in Pune, Pawar said, “We conducted a survey and found that around 0.19 per cent of people who have taken the first dose are found infected with COVID-19 and around 0.25 per cent people were found infected after taking both doses of vaccine”. “On consulting experts, we were informed that those who’ve taken both the doses aren’t following COVID protocol and exposing themselves to the virus. Experts say even when we are easing restrictions, citizens must take precautions and follow protocol,” he added.As per the Maharashtra health bulletin, the state on Thursday recorded 3,063…

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Argentina to start COVID-19 vaccination of children aged 3-11 by end of 2021

Buenos Aires [Argentina]: The Argentine National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) has authorised the use of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine against COVID-19 for children aged 3-11 years, Health Minister Carla Vizzotti said, adding that the campaign will start by the end of the year.“ANMAT has confirmed that we can use Sinopharm [vaccine] for children aged 3-11 years … Argentina will finish 2021 with the full coverage and protection of people aged over 3 years,” Vizzotti said at a press conference on late Friday. The minister added that there were from 5.5 to 6 million children of this age in Argentina.Argentina has confirmed more than 5.25 million COVID-19 cases so far, with over 115,000 fatalities.

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COVID-19 vaccine: Phase 2/3 trials of Covovax in children between age 7 and 11 begins in Pune

Pune (Maharashtra) [India]: Phase 2/3 trials of Covovax COVID-19 vaccine in children between ages 7 and 11 began in Pune’s Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday.“Pune’s Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College Hospital began phase 2/3 trials of Covovax in children between 7 and 11 years of age on Wednesday. Nine children have been enrolled for the trial here,” said Dr Sanjay Lalwani, the Medical Director of the hospital. “For the children who wish to enrol their parents are counselled in local vernacular language and the audiovisual consulting process is documented. Once the parents give their consent, then the volunteer is subjected to an RT PCR test and an antibody test. Although, this does not stop them from being a part of the trial,” he added.As many as nine centres have been identified across India for this phase, including Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College Hospital.The…

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Health Ministry planning to do rigorous trials of dengue vaccines, says ICMR DG

New Delhi [India]: Indian Council for Medical Research Director-General Balram Bhargava on Thursday said that many companies have conducted their phase one trials of dengue vaccines abroad and that the Health Ministry is planning to do more rigorous trials.“Dengue vaccine is an important agenda. There are certain dengue strains that have been licensed to some companies in India,” said Bhargava during a weekly briefing of the COVID-19 situation in the country. “Many of these companies have done their phase one trials abroad. We are planning to do more rigorous trials,” added Bhargava.Earlier on Wednesday, the national capital has reported a surge in dengue cases. A total of 149 cases of dengue have been reported in the month of September.Earlier on September 18, the Central government convened a high-level meeting on the emerging challenge of Serotype-2 dengue cases in 11 states.Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired…

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27-28 crore vaccine doses in October

New Delhi [India]: India would have 27-28 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses of Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin in the month of October, said government sources. 27-28 crore COVID-19 vaccines doses that are to be procured do not include Biological E and Zydus Cadilla vaccines doses, sources told ANI.Earlier in September, India has procured more than 25 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses, added the sources had said.Earlier, ANI reported that the Centre plans to achieve the target of administering 100 crore COVID-19 jabs before the mid of October. The target of 100 crore doses administration is expected to be achieved between October 10 to October 12, stated the sources.“Once we hit 100 crore dose, we are planning celebration across the country with COVID warriors, frontline workers and healthcare workers,” said the sources.The country has administered 88,34,70,578 vaccine doses so far…

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AstraZeneca to seek US approval for COVID-19 vaccine later this year

Washington [US]: The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will file a request for approval of its novel coronavirus vaccine in the US later this year, the company said in a statement.Earlier this year, concerns emerged over the side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to very rare cases of blood-clotting after vaccination. After some nations temporarily suspended the use of the vaccine, the WHO said it considers the benefits of the drug to outweigh its risks. “We continue to work with the FDA [US Food and Drug Administration] on submission,” the company said on Wednesday. “Currently, the situation with respect to the pandemic and availability of alternative vaccine supply in the US doesn’t really support an Emergency Use Approval. So, we believe that US approval will be via a BLA [Biologics License Applications] which we expect to be submitted later this year.”The FDA has so far…

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South Korean govt will adopt ‘phased recovery of daily life’ from late October to early November, and consider ‘Vaccine Pass’

Seoul [South Korea]: The government re-announced that it is difficult to maintain the current ‘social distancing’ restrictions to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and it will come up with a plan for the phased recovery of daily life.The government suggested from the end of October to the beginning of November as the time to adopt phased recovery of daily life, called the ‘With Corona’ system. “Considering other countries with high vaccination rates, we are reviewing whether to maintain the current social distancing system,” Minister of Health and Welfare Kwon Deok-cheol said at an invitational debate held at the Korea Artist Center in Yangcheon-gu, Seoul, on the 28th. “It is quite difficult for the people to continue to comply with the current quarantine restrictions.”He added, “The government is going to come up with measures how to implement current social distancing and quarantine restrictions with experts…

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India’s COVID vaccination drive going on at rapid pace

New Delhi [India]: Even as the number of COVID-19 cases is declining continuously, the nationwide vaccination drive against the disease is going on at a rapid pace in India.India reported 26,041 COVID cases on Monday which was the third consecutive day when the country reported less than 30,000 cases. India reported 2 lakh COVID cases in the last 7 days which is the lowest in two quarters.For the fifth time, India on Monday administered one crore COVID-19 vaccine doses, informed Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.Congratulating citizens of the country, Mandaviya tweeted, “Congratulations to the nation, as we administer another 1 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses. Under PM Narendra Modi, India delivers a punch to Corona: Record of 1+ crore vaccines achieved for the 5th time.”Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on its official Twitter handle wrote, “Congratulations India! We have done it again. More…

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MP becomes state with most number of vaccinated

Khargone (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: Madhya Pradesh has become the number one state to have vaccinated the largest number of people with the first dose, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday.Addressing an event, the chief minister said, “There is a shortage of funds but I have decided that no matter what, I will ensure that Jhirnya Irrigation Project, whose estimated cost is Rs 1,400 crore is completed….even if I have to take a loan.” Chouhan said Madhya Pradesh has become the number one state to have vaccinated the largest number of people with the first dose.“A total of 6.11 cr doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Madhya Pradesh till Sept 26. A total of 86 per cent of eligible persons have been administered the first dose,” he added.Slamming the Congress, Chouhan said, “Diggy (Digvijay Singh), there was no electricity for two…

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India reports 26,041 new COVID-19 cases

New Delhi [India]: India reported 26,041 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday. The active caseload now stands at 2,99,620 which is the lowest in 191 days. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent and are currently at 0.89 per cent of total cases.With 29,621 recoveries during the last 24 hours, the recovery rate stands at 97.78 per cent. As many as 3,29,31,972 people have recovered from the disease so far, according to the health ministry. The daily positivity rate has remained below 3 per cent for the last 28 days and currently stands at 2.24 per cent while the weekly positivity rate is at 1.94 per cent. It has remained below 3 per cent in the last 94 days. A total of 56.44 crore COVID-19 tests have been…

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Russia records 22,498 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours

Moscow [Russia]: Russia registered 22,498 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, which brings the cumulative total to 7,420,913, the federal response center said Sunday. In the same 24 hours, 805 deaths of patients with the coronavirus and 13,671 recoveries were recorded across the country.Moscow registered the highest number of new cases with 3,275; St Petersburg the second highest with 2,055; Moscow region the third highest with 1,215. (ANI/Sputnik)

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Israel bans unvaccinated teachers from teaching

Tel Aviv [Israel]: Israeli teachers who have not been vaccinated against the COVID-19 will be banned from entering schools unless they present a negative test result, Israeli Ministry of Education said on Thursday.Under the decision, teachers who do not present the Green Pass, which is a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recovery from the disease, are required to present a rapid antigen test performed up to 84 hours earlier. The ban is part of the Israeli government’s efforts to reduce the high COVID-19 morbidity in the country, and particularly in the unclosed education sector amid the rapid spread of the virus.Under the instructions of the ministry, the teachers of schools and kindergartens who do not meet these conditions will not be paid for the days of absence, nor will they be allowed to teach remotely through Zoom.

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Vaccine doses cross 84 cr mark

New Delhi [India]: India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed the 84 crore mark, the Union Health Ministry informed on Friday.“With the administration of 72,20,642 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage crossed the landmark of 84 crores (84,15,18,026) as per provisional reports till 7 am today. This has been achieved through 82,33,242 sessions,” the ministry said in a press release. As per the data from the ministry, Uttar Pradesh is leading in the vaccination coverage with 9,88,83,207 doses administered in the state. Meanwhile, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have administered 7,69,21,190 and 5,98,81,731 vaccine doses respectively so far.Further, it has been informed that 32,542 patients have recovered from COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours, increasing the cumulative tally of recovered patients to 3,28,48,273. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 97.78 per cent, the highest since March 2020.As many as 31,382…

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Amid vaccine certification issue, National Health Authority CEO calls for deepening India-UK health ties

New Delhi [India]: After meeting British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis here, National Health Authority’s CEO Dr RS Sharma on Thursday said that he looks forward to deepening ties between the health bodies of the two countries.The meeting came amid the rising concerns over the new travel rules issued by the UK. Dr Sharma said that the meeting will be instrumental in resuming socio-economic ties between the two countries.“Echoing his excellency @AlexWEllis’s views, this will be instrumental in resuming socio-economic activities between India and UK. We also look forward to deepening ties between @AyushmanNHA and @NHSX, as we collaborate to build a digital continuum of healthcare services,” Dr Sharma said in a tweet.Earlier, Ellis said the “excellent discussions” were an important step forward in “our joint aim to facilitate travel and fully protect the public health of UK and India”.“Excellent technical discussions with…

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COVID-19: Health Ministry makes arrangements for ‘vaccination at home’ for people with special needs

New Delhi [India]: The Union Health Ministry has made arrangements for vaccination at home for those who have special needs or are differently-abled, said the ministry on Thursday. The ministry also voiced concerns regarding the UK policy over vaccine certification for India.Addressing a press conference, Member-Health, NITI Aayog, Dr VK Paul said, “I am pleased to inform that an advisory has been issued to make arrangements for ‘vaccination at home’ for those who have special needs or are differently challenged, in line with COVID SOPs.” The detailed guidelines will be issued soon in this matter, the ministry said. Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan also spoke briefly on the UK policy over vaccine certification for India. Covishield, which has been developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, is manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India. Recently, India had said on Tuesday that it will be within its…

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COVID-19: 1st dose to become mandatory to enter public spaces, says DC Jammu

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Deputy Commissioner of Jammu on Monday made the first dose of coronavirus vaccine mandatory for adults to enter into government offices and other public places in Jammu.The order will be applicable from October 2, the commissioner said. “1st dose of #CovidVaccine shall be mandatory for entry into Govt. offices, shopping malls, restaurants, public transport and other public spaces in #Jammu from 2nd Oct onwards. Appeal to all left out adults to #GetVaccinated,” he said in a tweet.In addition to that, he also informed that all the sites in Jammu will now be open six days a week, except Wednesday. “Sites are open 6 days a week except for Wednesday,” he tweeted.With the continuous decline in COVID-19 cases, the commissioner has also eased the other coronavirus restrictions. According to him, the shops and other…

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Exploring how to expand recognition of India’s vaccine certification, says UK

New Delhi [India]: Amid concerns in India about UK’s new travel rules, Britain has said that it is engaging to explore the recognition of New Delhi’s vaccine certification of COVID-19 vaccine to people.“We are engaging with the Government of India to explore how we could expand UK recognition of vaccine certification to people vaccinated by a relevant public health body in India,” a British High Commission spokesperson said. “The UK is committed to opening up international travel again as soon as is practicable and this announcement is a further step to enable people to travel more freely again, in a safe and sustainable way, while protecting public health,” the spokesperson added.The UK issued a revised travel advisory on Wednesday and said that Covishield is qualified as an approved vaccine.It approved individuals with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines…

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