A new health study has claimed that the antibodies produced in response to the vaccines are less effective against the new COVID-19 strains. Published in the journal of Nature Medicine, the study explained that new COVID-19 variants reported in UK, South Africa and Brazil have the ability to evade antibodies. Besides, the Washington University of Medicine scientists have also emphasised on the need of producing purified antibodies to… read-more
Indian pharmaceutical giant Bharat Biotech has claimed 81% efficacy against COVID-19 for its vaccine 'Covaxin'. Releasing the phase three clinical data of the vaccine on March 3, the company claimed the vaccine of being effective against the UK variants of the virus. While peer reviews are still awaited, the developer conducted clinical trials on over 25,800 people. Reportedly, Indian drug regulator DCGI earlier approved the Covaxin for… read-more
The Centre on March 1 stated CoWIN app has been developed only for administrators to manage the inoculation drive and is not a registration platform for COVID-19 vaccination. It clarified that individuals, who want to get vaccinated, can register themselves through official website. The statement followed the beginning of India's second-phase of mass vaccination which is expected to cover around 27 crore people who are either aged above 60 or… read-more
A medical intern's death at the AIIMS-Rishikesh, just 11 days after getting the COVID-19 vaccine shot, has cast doubts on the inoculation drive. Reportedly, the intern had taken the vaccine shot on February 5 after which he developed medical complications. However, AIIMS officials have denied of any vaccination mishap and claimed that the intern had co-morbid illnesses. Meanwhile, a medical practitioner, Dr Satendra Singh, has demanded a… read-more
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Addressing the rumours regarding COVID -19 vaccine, the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked the states to counter the spread of false information. He said, "vested interests can create unwanted doubts among people at large" and that needs to be curbed. Besides, the letter provisioned penal actions under the Disaster Management Act and IPC for the culprits. Earlier, the health ministry had released posters to tackle the vaccine hesitancy… read-more
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After the government approved COVID Vaccine consignment, Maldives will become the first country to be aided by India's Covishield vaccine. Reportedly, the consignment, sufficient for the frontline workers and senior citizens of Maldives, will land at Velana International Airport, Malé in an Air-India flight on January 20. However, the Island is currently the largest COVID-19 assistance recipient in India's neighbourhood including medical… read-more
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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has stated that COVID-19 vaccinations would begin on January 16 in the national capital. Reportedly, the vaccination drive will be held four days a week - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday - at 81 centres initially and will be increased subsequently. CM Kejriwal added, “Everyday almost 100 people will be vaccinated.” Besides, the government plans to inoculate 8,100 healthcare workers on the first day.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar affirmed on January 6 that the bilateral relationship between India and Sri Lanka is intact despite the coronavirus pandemic. Addressing a joint media briefing with his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena, Jaishankar confirmed the two countries are envisaging post-COVID co-operation. Moreover, Jaishankar discussed over the early release of fishermen, Tamil issues and Lanka’s formal request to… read-more
Ending the wait for COVID-19 vaccine, VG Somani, the Drug Controller General of India, on January 3 granted emergency-use approval to 'Covaxin' and 'Covishield'. Assuring people about the efficacy, Somani said, “We'll never approve anything if there is slightest of safety concern.” Moreover, the DCGI approved the vaccines for their "restricted use" based on the data submitted by Bharat Biotech and the Serum Institute of India. PM Narendra… read-more
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has informed that the COVID-19 vaccination will be free for all the states in the nation. The Minister said, "Not just in Delhi, it will be free across the country", in context to Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain's claim of free vaccination in Delhi. The statement was made when Minister Vardhan visited Delhi's GBT Hospital to review the nationwide demo vaccination drive.
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