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India Covid-19 Vaccination Highlights: Concerns about adverse effects post immunisation seem to be unfounded, says Govt

Covid-19 India Highlights: India reported 10,064 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest single day spike since second week of June.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: January 20, 2021 9:52:23 am
COVID-19 test, CoronavirusExpress Photo: Amit Mehra

India Covid-19 Highlights: In a press briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the country, the government on Tuesday said of the total people vaccinated against COVID-19 so far, 0.18 per cent were adverse events following immunisation, while 0.002 per cent had to be hospitalised which is fairly low. Addressing a press conference, NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said concerns about adverse effects and serious problems post immunisation as of now seem to be unfounded, negligible, insignificant and stressed that both the vaccines are safe. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said India recorded the highest number of first day vaccinations for COVID-19 immunisation.

Till now 4,54,049 people have been vaccinated in India, the Health Ministry reported on Tuesday. The country reported 580 severe events and 2 persons — a 52-year-old in Moradabad & a 42-year-old in Karnataka — have reportedly died due to cardiopulmonary disease after getting their shots. The deaths have not been linked to the vaccines till now.

Centre on Monday flagged Kerala and Tamil Nadu over their poor performance, in vaccinating at less than 25 per cent of the priority groups and highlighted the “vaccine hesitancy” found in the frontline workers. Similarly, Punjab and Chhattisgarh were also pulled over their “poor coverage.”

India reported 10,064 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest single day spike since second week of June. Out of the total cases, active cases further dropped to 2 lakh while recoveries went up to over 1.02 crore. With 137 deaths reported on Monday, the lowest since the May, the toll now stands at over 1.52 lakh. Kerala reported 3,346 new cases, while Maharashtra found 1,924 new infections.

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Over 3.81 lakh Indians vaccinated; 2 deaths, 580 adverse events reported across the country; Daily cases below 20,000 since last 10 days. Follow this space for the latest updates on Covid-19.

20:13 (IST)19 Jan 2021
Nine adverse cases following immunisation

Nine adverse cases recorded following immunisation drive on Tuesday.

18:47 (IST)19 Jan 2021
UK health minister self-isolating after COVID-19 app alert

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock began a period of self-isolation on Tuesday after he revealed he had been pinged an alert by the National Health Service (NHS) COVID-19 app overnight. The minister, who also spent time in self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus at the peak of the pandemic last year, said he learned from the NHS Test and Trace app on Monday night that he had been in close contact with somebody who has tested positive and self-isolating was "how we break the chains of transmission".

"So you must follow these rules like I'm going to. I've got to work from home for the next six days, and together, by doing this, by following this, and all the other panoply of rules that we've had to put in place, we can get through this and beat this virus," Hancock said in a video message on Twitter.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock began a period of self-isolation on Tuesday after he revealed he had been pinged an alert by the National Health Service (NHS) COVID-19 app overnight.
   

17:41 (IST)19 Jan 2021
4,54,049 people vaccinated in India till now, active COVID-19 cases lowest in seven months: Health Ministry

In a press briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the country, the Health Ministry Tuesday said that the number of active cases stands at around 2 lakhs, after seven long months. The number of active cases is also steadily declining. Moreover, India is also recording less than 140 coronavirus deaths daily, the lowest in eight months. There are currently only two states in India — Maharashtra and Kerala — which still have more than 50,000 active cases. Elsewhere, the number has declined, the Health Ministry informed. Meanwhile, the case percentage of adverse events following immunisation stands at a mere 0.18% and 0.002% of people were hospitalised after receiving a vaccine shot.

17:30 (IST)19 Jan 2021
India's COVID-19 case per million is 7,668, death per million is 110 and test per million is 136,089: Govt

India's COVID-19 case per million is 7,668, death per million is 110 and test per million is 136,089, said the government on Tuesday.

17:18 (IST)19 Jan 2021
One of 2 vaccines is given emergency use authorization under clinical trial mode: Health Ministry

"One of 2 vaccines is given emergency use authorization under clinical trial mode. In a document for this vaccine, it's mentioned that if there's causal relation b/w immunization & adverse event, severe or serious, hospitalization cost would be borne by authorities," said Health Ministry.

16:49 (IST)19 Jan 2021
0.18% adverse events happened following immunization: Health Ministry

"0.18% adverse events happened following immunization and 0.002% of people were hospitalized following immunization. These are fairly low and the lowest so far in the world in the first three days," the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

16:38 (IST)19 Jan 2021
Health Ministry: Active cases around 2 lakhs after 7 months and number is declining

While addressing a press briefing, the Health Ministry on Tuesday said that 4,54,049 people have been vaccinated till now. Active cases around 2 lakhs after seven months and the number is declining. The daily number of deaths is less than 140 after eight months, it added.

16:23 (IST)19 Jan 2021
Going for vaccination is personal decision, people's confidence will get boosted slowly: Satyendar Jain

With a low turnout of healthcare workers on the first two days of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday said the exercise is voluntary and a matter of 'personal decision' for people whether to get a shot or not, but all efforts are being made to boost their confidence.

Nearly 3,600 healthcare workers were inoculated in Delhi on Monday, a further dip in the figures compared to that on the opening day of the immunisation drive, with sources saying just eight medical staff got the jabs at AIIMS. 'The target of the day in Delhi was 8,136, and 3,598 got vaccinated, which is 44 per cent of the targeted figure,' he told reporters.

Jain reiterated that this is a voluntary exercise and people are making their own decisions, as it's the initial phase. Asked if statements made by a few political leaders raising doubts over its efficacy and safety, could be a factor, he said, 'No. Going for vaccination is a personal decision, and has nothing to do with what political statements have been made about it.' (PTI)

15:43 (IST)19 Jan 2021
Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge

Masks off the minute you step inside. Bars packed and pulsing like it’s 2019. Social media stars waving bottles of champagne. DJs spinning party tunes through multi-hour brunches.

Since becoming one of the world’s first destinations to open up for tourism, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, has promoted itself as the ideal pandemic vacation spot. It cannot afford otherwise, analysts say, as the virus shakes the foundations of the city-state’s economy.

With its cavernous malls, frenetic construction and legions of foreign workers, Dubai was built on the promise of globalization, drawing largely from the aviation, hospitality and retail sectors — all hard hit by the virus.

14:49 (IST)19 Jan 2021
Centre issues Letter of Comfort to Bharat Biotech for 45 lakh doses of Covaxin: Report

Bharat Biotech has secured a fresh Letter of Comfort from the Centre for another 45 lakh doses of its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, sources said on Tuesday.

Out of those 45 lakh doses, the city-based vaccine maker will be supplying over eight lakh doses of Covaxin to some of
the friendly countries such as Mauritius, Philippines and Myanmar, free of cost as good will gesture. They also said the company will be dispatching 20 lakh doses of the earlier order in a couple of days, from here.

“The company was given a fresh letter of comfort recently for supplying another 45 lakh doses of Covaxin. The doses will be dispatched as when the Ministry places orders with the company,” sources told PTI.

12:12 (IST)19 Jan 2021
As CoWIN application malfunctions, some beneficiaries miss their shots

An app developed by the Centre to ensure a smooth vaccination process started malfunctioning on Friday, officials said on Saturday, hampering immunisation centres’ efforts to inform beneficiaries about the time they were to receive the vaccine shots.

Sources said that not all the 20,700 people scheduled to receive the vaccine on the first day got their shots because of the glitches in CoWIN.

Instead of getting automated messages, the beneficiaries received phone calls from the centres, informing them about the date, vaccination site and timing. As the data of those eligible to receive the shots was not uploaded to the app on time, many of the beneficiaries did not receive the messages, and by the time they were called they had left for other work.

11:20 (IST)19 Jan 2021
India to send 20 lakh Covid-19 vaccines to Dhaka, Pakistan explores options

While India plans to send 20 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Bangladesh, another neighbour, Pakistan, is exploring options to get made-in-India vaccines, either through a global alliance for vaccines or through the bilateral route, The Indian Express has learnt.

On Monday, authorities in Bangladesh confirmed that on Wednesday, January 20, a specially equipped plane will carry 20 lakh doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine — manufactured in India by the Serum Institute of India under the name Covishield — to Dhaka. The consignment will be handed over to the Bangladesh government by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka. Bangladesh has had more than 5 lakh cases of Covid, with about 7,900 deaths so far.

Pakistan’s move to source Indian vaccines comes after the country’s drug regulator, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), over the weekend approved Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use. Pakistan has reported more than 5 lakh Covid cases and almost 11,000 deaths. (Read Shubhajit Roy's report here)

10:21 (IST)19 Jan 2021
Nod given to reopen schools for Classes V-VIII from Jan 27 in Maharashtra

The School Education department Monday issued a notification to allow schools across the state to reopen for Classes V to VIII from January 27, days after Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad expressed her intention to do so.

The notification said the state Health department has agreed to reopen the schools. “The instructions of Central and state government regarding Covid-19 should be followed,” it stated, adding that all previous notifications of the school education department should be strictly followed. “However, the concerned zilla parishads, municipal councils and corporations should take precautions to ensure that schools and classes are reopened safely,” it said.

Schools in Maharashtra, which were shut since March last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, had reopened in November across various districts of Maharashtra for classes IX-XII. Schools in Mumbai, its suburbs, Thane, Pune and Nashik had however not opened due to a spike in cases.(With ENS)

09:54 (IST)19 Jan 2021
India reports over 10,000 new cases, 137 deaths

India reported 10,064 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Out of the total cases, active cases further dropped to 2 lakh while recoveries went up to over 1.02 crore. With 137 deaths reported on Monday the toll stands at over 1.52 lakh.

08:41 (IST)19 Jan 2021
Lakshadweep reports first Covid-19 positive case

The first Covid-19 case was reported in the Lakshadweep Islands on Monday, nearly an year after the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.

The man, belonging to the India Reserve Batallion, had left for Kavaratti by ship from Kochi on January 3 and tested positive on Monday, official sources said. He is not a resident of the islands, they said.

The case was reported two weeks after the Lakshadweep administration revised Standard Operating Procedures by doing away with mandatory quarantine guidelines for those arriving from Kochi. (Read more here)

00:43 (IST)19 Jan 2021
2,881 vaccinated in Gurgaon on Monday

A total of 2,881 people received the coronavirus vaccine in Gurgaon at the 45 sites set up for the purpose across the district on Monday – the second day of vaccination in the district. Officials revealed that a total of 21 Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) were recorded among the beneficiaries.

According to officials, although the target was to vaccinate 4,836 people by the end of the day – 4,400 doses of Covishield and 436 of Covaxine – the number finally achieved was 59.5 per cent of the target — 2,727 doses of Covishield  and 154 doses of Covaxine. All the AEFI, officials said, were recorded among people who had been given the Covishield vaccine.

“The reason for fewer number of beneficiaries compared to the target we had set was issues in the portal. Several people had not received the messages regarding their vaccination being scheduled for today,” said Civil Surgeon Dr Virender Yadav. Commenting on the AEFI recorded, he added, “The effects recorded were minor —  nausea and anxiety.”

According to officials, while Covaxin was administered at four of the 45 sites on Monday, the rest saw Covishield being used. Sakshi Dayal

21:55 (IST)18 Jan 2021
China dubs Pompeo as 'Mr. Liar'; dismisses US charge against Wuhan's bio-lab as 'conspiracy'

China on Monday vented out its anger against outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling him "Mr. Liar" and dismissed as "conspiracies and lies" the allegations by the State Department that the COVID-19 may have emerged from Wuhan's bio-lab and had links to the Chinese military.

China, which faced global criticism after the virus became a pandemic claiming over two million lives, has been vehemently asserting that the coronavirus has emerged in several places in the world, while it only reported it first. But Beijing is more resentful of outgoing US President Donald Trump and Pompeo for alleging that the virus may have emerged from the premier Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which researches Zoonotic diseases.

A latest document issued by the US State department reinforcing its previous allegation that the virus may have emerged from the WIV, coinciding with the visit of a WHO inquiry team of scientists to Wuhan has further riled Beijing.

20:25 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Fear of COVID-19 spread forces Sri Lanka to reduce its Parliament sessions

Sri Lanka has curtailed this week's Parliament sessions to just two days from the scheduled four days after nine people tested positive for coronavirus in the Parliament complex, an official said on Monday. Parliament's Director of Communications Shan Wijetunga said a total of 943 tests were conducted in Parliament, out of which 32 were on MPs, while the rest were done on Parliament staff and security personnel.

While all the 32 MPs tested negative, 9 people tested positive for COVID-19, including 4 staff members and as many security personnel, he said. The Committee on Parliamentary Business has decided that Parliament will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday only, following the COVID-19 cases reported last week, the official said. (PTI)

19:23 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Night curfew withdrawn in Rajasthan; RT-PCR cost slashed

The Rajasthan government on Monday decided to withdraw the night curfew in view of a decline in COVID-19 cases.
The government also decided to further slash the rate of RT-PCR test, a confirmatory test for COVID-19, at private labs from Rs. 800 to Rs. 500. Also, the number of reserved COVID beds in private hospitals with a capacity of above 100 beds will be reduced to a minimum 10.

The decisions were taken at a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at his residence. "In the COVID-19 review meeting, it has been decided to end the night curfew in the state and to give some relaxations in a phased manner. But it will be necessary to follow health protocols, otherwise the number of infected patients may increase," Gehlot tweeted. The state government had, on November 21, decided to impose the night curfew in eight districts from 8 PM to 6 AM following a spurt in coronavirus cases.

18:04 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Karnataka: Over 36k get inoculated on third day of vaccination

As many as 36,033 beneficiaries were inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine across Karnataka on Monday. According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, the state has reported an overall coverage of 44 per cent till 4.45 pm on Monday.

While the same was 58.4 and 63 per cent during the Covid-19 vaccination drive on Sunday and Saturday respectively, a cumulative 49 per cent of the total target group has been inoculated in the state so far. (With inputs from Ralph Alex Arakal)

 

India will administer shots to three crore frontline workers in phase one. There are 3,006 session sites across the country, where 100 beneficiaries each will be given either of India's two indigenous vaccines, Covaxin or Covishield. Every beneficiary will need to receive two doses of the same vaccine, 28 days apart.

On the break-up of Covishield and Covaxin, the Ministry data showed that while the first vaccine, developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca and manufactured by Pune’s Serum Institute, had been supplied to all states and Union territories, the indigenously developed Covaxin was administered in “clinical trial mode” in 12 states, including the national capital. Each session site could administer only one of the two vaccines.

During the vaccination drive, Maharashtra recorded 14 cases of adverse events, however, none of them were fatal. State officials currently studying them.

Since the pandemic hit India in early 2020, over one crore and 5.42 lakh people have been infected with the disease, while close to 1.52 lakh have died. At present, Kerala and Maharashtra are reporting the highest number of daily cases.

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