White House's chief medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci has backed India's decision to extend Covishield dose-gap from 6-8 weeks to 12-16 weeks. Refuting "cover-up" claims for shortage, Fauci called the decision "reasonable" saying, "it is unlikely that long delay would have a negative effect on vaccine efficacy." Earlier, he had also advised India for extensive vaccination and a complete lockdown to contain the second wave of COVID-19.
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Fearing India like COVID crisis, Kenya is trying to scramble the oxygen availability in the country. Moreover, learning from the third COVID-19 wave in March 2021, the authorities and private medical facilities have started installing oxygen producing units. Reportedly, with vaccination rate of fewer than one million people, Kenya, which looked up to India for quality healthcare has received a major setback watching Indian medical system… read-more
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The WHO's epidemiological report has cited unrestricted religious and political gatherings as the reason behind the spread of more contagious coronavirus variant in India. Besides, it attributed "underuse and reduced adherence to public health and social measures" like wearing masks for the same. The WHO said India's share for COVID cases and deaths in South-East Asia is 95% and 93% respectively, while at global level it is 50% and 30%.
Actor Anupam Kher on May 12 sided with the public criticism against government calling it "valid in lots of cases" as he talked about the management of COVID-19. Known to be a supporter of PM Narendra Modi, Kher said, "It is time for them to understand that there is much more to life than just image building." Besides, he asserted that the Centre has "slipped" in managing the COVID crisis.
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UFC superstar Conor McGregor, through an Instagram post, has lent his support to India as the country battles the second wave of COVID-19. McGregor, while training with India's Ramston Rodriguez, wrote, "I know first hand how strong India and its people truly are! I stand with India in their fight through Covid." McGregor also tipped Rodrigues as India's next heavyweight champion.
American health expert Dr Anthony Fauci on May 11 stated India made "incorrect assumptions" about COVID-19, leading to the second wave and sudden surge in cases. He said, "They opened up prematurely and wind up having a surge right now that... is extremely devastating". Besides, Fauci also pointed out some lessons from India's crisis and said US should not underestimate the situation, and must boost the local public health infrastructure.
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\Google pay in partnership with Western Union and Wise has rolled out a new feature that lets users from the USA send money to people in India and Singapore. Reportedly, the update does not support the user-to-business transactions at the moment. Moreover, while Western Union will offer users unlimited free transactions till June 16, Wise will not charge them for their first transaction up to $500.
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China has warned Bangladesh against its participation in the Quad and threatened directly of substantial damage to bilateral ties. Terming the Quad as anti-China, Chinese ambassador Li Jiming in Dhaka said “We do not want any form of participation of Bangladesh in this alliance.” China urged Bangladesh to resist powers from outside from seeking hegemony in South Asia as three of four Quad participants- US, Japan and Australia are outsiders.… read-more
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Actor Sonu Sood, in another philanthropic step, announced his plan to install four oxygen plants in India to tackle the oxygen scarcity in the most vulnerable states. Reportedly, the order for the first plant is already placed with France, and it is estimated to arrive in 10-12 days. Sonu said, "These oxygen plants will not only supply to entire hospitals but will also get these oxygen cylinders filled up."
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced to have donated over Rs 110 ($15mn) crore to help India in the COVID-19 crisis. The donation have been split among three NGOs - Care ($10mn), Aid India ($2.5mn) and Sewa International USA ($2.5mn). All the three NGOs will be jointly working to set up temporary COVID care centres, provide oxygen and other medical supplies along with reaching out to marginalized communities.