In order to create awareness about the COVID vaccination, restaurants and pubs in Gurugram are offering a discount of 50% who are fully vaccinated and 25% for first dose. However, such schemes which offers discount & rebate will spread a positive message towards COVID-19 vaccinations. "Special offers will not only cater to more business but also ensure safety," said Yudhvir Singh, a pub and bar owner.
The Health Ministry on June 15 stated that anyone who is 18 years of age or above can go to their nearest vaccination centre for the vaccine. However, an online pre-registration will not be required anymore. The government had issued a similar notification earlier. Besides, this decision was made to specifically counter the 'vaccine hesitancy' cases which reported people hiding or resorting to violence in UP and MP respectively.
Analysis of the Public Health England stated that Pfizer is 96% effective and AstraZeneca is 92% effective against hospitalisation from the Delta variant of COVID-19 on June 14. They also stated the necessity of getting the second dose on time for the complete effectiveness of the vaccines. These percentages are comparable with vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation from the Alpha variant, which was first identified in the UK.
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Japan is sending one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam, as announced on June 15 by the Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi. However, the AstraZeneca vaccines are being manufactured in Japan and will reach Vietnam on June 16. To strengthen its diplomatic relations in the world, Japan is planing to send COVID vaccines to other countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand as well.
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ruled out the adverse side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines. CDC encouraged everyone to get inoculated if they are eligible to get the dose. The adverse effects such as blood clots and deaths are said to be rare, although reports suggest an increase in the numbers. However, CDC further stated that the research has not found a link between Covid-19 vaccines and deaths.
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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on June 10 questioned the Centre that from where the Centre would procure so many COVID vaccine doses to innoculate all the adults for free from June 21. He also raised concerns over the Union’s decision to export vaccines rather than plugging India’s own shortage. Recently, Delhi government opened vaccination for people in the 18-44 age-group after two weeks of hiatus due to the shortage.
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Samajwadi party leader and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on June 7 pledged to get vaccinated, months after calling the COVID-19 vaccines as "BJP's vaccine". Akhilesh's statement comes after his father Mulayam Singh Yadav received the vaccine jab. Akhilesh changed his stance after the Centre calls for boycott of "politicising the corona vaccine". Earlier, Akhilesh had stated his government would have given free vaccine if it had been in power… read-more
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Senior advisor to the World Health Organisation, Bruce Aylward, stated that, US, India and China have consumed 60% of the two billion COVID-19 vaccines doses distributed globally. As per sources, only about 0.5% of doses have reached the low-income countries accounting for about 10% of the world's population. However, Aylward highlighted the significant role played by ‘COVAX’ – the global vaccine alliance, to help 127 countries start their… read-more
Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company Wockhardt has approached the Centre for an opportunity to produce two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine a year starting February 2022. Reportedly, the company is looking for partnership for vaccine production, and aims to produce 500 million doses in its first go. Besides, the planned two-billion doses will include different types of vaccines for "a more sustainable activity", as per the company's plan.
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China on May 17 extended its support to India and South Africa by temporarily waiving the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for COVID-19 vaccines. The Chinese foreign ministry said China understands the situation and supports the request made to WTO. Earlier, India and South Africa had sought the same from WTO in October 2020 so that developing countries could get access to the vaccines as soon as possible.
Courtesy: The Times of India