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Centre blames states for dip in vaccination, says supply on course
Thu, Jul 15, 2021

While states like Rajasthan and Delhi have claimed vaccine shortage, newly appointed Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, in his first statement on vaccine numbers, said they were on target to make available 13.5 crore doses for July.

People ask what about third wave, it’s up to us to stop it, can’t compromise even a bit: PM Modi
Wed, Jul 14, 2021

“It is true that tourism and business have been greatly affected due to corona. But today, I will say very strongly that it is a matter of grave concern to see people without masks in the market and not following the protocol in hill stations. This is not right,” he said.

60% districts with high positivity in Northeast, PM to meet CMs today
Tue, Jul 13, 2021

Data tracked by the Union Health Ministry show that of the 58 districts that reported a positivity rate higher than 10 per cent between July 5 and July 11, as many as 37 were from the Northeast.

Centre alerts 8 tourist states: step up vigil
Sun, Jul 11, 2021

Union Home Secretary A K Bhalla and Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan held a meeting with top officials of Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal.

Covid task force head points to crowds at hill stations, warns of a new virus spread
Sat, Jul 10, 2021

Responding to a question on the daily new cases graph that has plateaued over the last two weeks, Dr V K Paul said on Friday that the slow rate of decline was an indicator that the virus could take the “upper hand” if the current situation did not change.

Cabinet clears Rs 23,123-crore booster to tackle Covid
Fri, Jul 09, 2021

These are among the key components to be funded through phase-II of the Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health Preparedness package, the Union Cabinet announced.

In Harsh Vardhan’s exit, a Covid admission and course correction
Thu, Jul 08, 2021

His departure is one of the strongest signals on the handling of the ferocious second Covid-19 wave — to the government’s detractors, it is an admission of its failure; and to its supporters, a much-needed course correction to reassure the country.

Positivity rate in Northeast is a worry: govt
Wed, Jul 07, 2021

According to the health ministry, 73 districts in India reported a positivity rate of over 10 per cent for the June 29-July 5 week.

6.77 crore doses since new policy rolled out, a fifth of all vaccinations so far
Mon, Jul 05, 2021

The 6.77 crore doses administered in the 13 days from June 21 to July 3 represents a 67 per cent increase in vaccinations over the preceding 13-day period, that is June 8-20.

Covid-19 vaccine allowed during pregnancy: women may make ‘informed choice’
Sat, Jul 03, 2021

The Union Health Ministry accepted the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) to allow pregnant women to make an “informed choice” on taking the vaccine.

Pregnant women and Covid-19 vaccines: Here are the Health Ministry guidelines
Sat, Jul 03, 2021

Pregnant women in India are now eligible for vaccination against Covid-19. Can there be side effects? Are certain pregnant women to be excluded? A look at the Health Ministry guidelines.

PM Modi praises doctors, tells them to take up studies on yoga
Fri, Jul 02, 2021

With 49 per cent of India's vulnerable population of age 60 and above having been given at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, the Prime Minister praised doctors — who were the first to be administered the shots — for playing a crucial role in encouraging vaccine “enthusiasm and confidence” in the country.

Government gives Moderna emergency use nod, may first come in only as donations
Wed, Jun 30, 2021

While the government said details on the quantity of doses to be imported to India by Cipla are still under consideration, The Indian Express has learnt that the vaccine is initially expected to be provided to India in limited quantities — as donations by the US drug maker.

AIIMS chief calms the storm: Delhi’s oxygen report interim, so wait & plan
Sun, Jun 27, 2021

“A different formula was used by the Delhi government, which is why the discrepancy was there. And there was a presentation which looked at the actual consumption, which was also less than the demand,” he said.

Pushed by Supreme Court, Centre replies: Plan to vaccinate all adults by end of the year
Sun, Jun 27, 2021

In its affidavit, the Centre said that based on supply estimates, it estimates 51.6 crore cumulative vaccinations by the end of July.

Delta plus variant of Covid-19 found in 48 samples in 10 states, Delta now in 174 districts
Sat, Jun 26, 2021

Data released by the Health Ministry showed that the Delta variant was present in 52 districts across the country in March, and had spread to 174 districts by June.

Explained: Covid-19 vaccine makers and indemnity
Fri, Jun 25, 2021

In talks over supply of their vaccines in India, Pfizer and Moderna are seeking indemnity against costs of compensation for adverse events. Which countries provide such indemnity, and what is the law in India?

Three out of five shots in record day one surge given in rural areas
Wed, Jun 23, 2021

A total 56.09 lakh doses of vaccines were given to recipients in rural India, close to double the 31.99 lakh shots that were administered in urban centres, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said.

Delta Plus is now ‘variant of concern’, three states told to keep a watch
Wed, Jun 23, 2021

Covid 19 Delta Plus Variant in India: Delta Plus variant or B.1.617.2.1 is closely related to the Delta variant, a major contributor to the second wave of Covid-19 in India.

82.7 lakh jabbed in one day: New phase of vaccination kicks in with Central procurement
Tue, Jun 22, 2021

Covid vaccination: Under the government's new vaccination policy that came into effect on Monday, the Centre will procure 75 per cent of the vaccine stock from the open market and distribute it to states, to be administered free to everyone of age 18 years or older at government vaccination centres.

Production ramped up, 13.5 crore jabs will be available in July
Sun, Jun 20, 2021

Top government sources, part of the team monitoring the Covid-19 vaccination drive, said states will be informed that 75 percent of the 13.5 crore doses will be made available free of cost in July for advance planning.

Experts call for caution in unlock, warn: Third wave in 3-4 months
Sun, Jun 20, 2021

AIIMS chief Randeep Guleria told The Sunday Express that the next three months will be crucial for India and the emergence of cases in the UK is a “red flag”.

Vaccinated healthcare workers’ data show a fall in hospitalisation
Sat, Jun 19, 2021

Referring to data from Christian Medical College, Vellore — 8,991 vaccinated healthcare workers, including those who received only one dose — Dr V K Paul underlined that the role of vaccines in preventing ICU admission was as high as 94 per cent

Serum could begin Covovax trial on children in India next month
Fri, Jun 18, 2021

The recombinant nanoparticle protein-based vaccine — NVX-CoV2373 — developed by the American biotechnology firm has been branded Covovax in India.

Age-wise little change between first and second waves, Health Ministry data shows
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

The data shows that 3.28 per cent of the cases in the first wave were in the 1-10 age group, compared to 3.05 per cent this time.