India has recorded a total of 242 cases of the UK, South Africa and Brazil variants of the novel coronavirus infection, the Government said on Thursday. With 17,407 new Covid-19 cases and 89 deaths registered in the last 24 hours, the country’s overall caseload rose to 1,11,56,923, while its death toll surged to 1,57,435.
Covaxin was approved for restricted use in an emergency situation by the Drug Controller General of India on January 3. However, since Bharat Biotech had not finished recruiting and vaccinating enough participants for Phase 3 trials, the approval was without efficacy data.
President Ram Nath Kovind was administered the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Army R&R Hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday. He was accompanied by his daughter. The President thanked doctors, nurses, health workers and administrators who were implementing India’s vaccination drive, and urged other eligible citizens to get inoculated.