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Tabassum Barnagarwala


No clarity on private vaccine procurement, Maharashtra awaits Centre’s guidelines
Fri, Jun 18, 2021

In absence of clear guidelines, private players have said they will continue to place direct orders with manufacturers to procure doses after June 21. Between June 7 and 21, the central government has stopped vaccine supply to all states and the private sector.

Mumbai Hospital employee behind Kandivali society vaccination scam, BMC orders probe
Thu, Jun 17, 2021

On Wednesday, BMC issued a notice to Hiranandani Heritage society to provide details of vaccination, the MoU signed with the hospital and registration form sent to the BMC before the drive. Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani has ordered a probe.

State to review if people in 18-44 age group can be vaccinated at govt centres
Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Since May 1, 24.98 lakh people in the 18-44 age group have received their first dose in Maharashtra, 1.92 lakh have got the second dose. Except for the few thousand doses that government centres administered in early May, most have paid for their jabs in the private sector.

Transpersons pushed to brink as Covid impacts ‘life-changing’ surgeries
Sun, Jun 13, 2021

Superintendent Dr Akash Khobragade said until the pandemic subsides, the hospital will remain an exclusive Covid facility.

Mumbai stands out despite recording high number of cases
Sat, Jun 12, 2021

During the reconciliation exercise, Mumbai reported no deaths that took place beyond a week. The city recorded more than 4 lakh cases in the second wave, recording over 3,600 deaths since February 9.

Why BMC vaccine centres were shut when pvt hospitals had doses in lakhs
Fri, Jun 11, 2021

Under the earlier vaccine policy when states and private players were allowed to buy 25 per cent each of the vaccine output directly from manufacturers, Maharashtra had procured 25.10 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses in May.

9 lakh doses to Maharashtra daily from June-end: officials
Wed, Jun 09, 2021

The state has immunised 2.13 lakh people free of cost daily on an average in May, down from 3.25 lakh per day in April.

Handling charges capped at Rs 150 per jab, Private hospitals mull whether to hold vaccine drives for corporates, housing societies
Wed, Jun 09, 2021

The Union government has capped handling charges at Rs 150 per vaccine dose over and above procurement cost for private hospitals. This will bring down cost of per Covishield dose to Rs 780, which earlier cost a recipient Rs 800-1,100. Covaxin per dose will now cost Rs 1,410.

NMMT driver faces uncertainty after losing eye to black fungus
Tue, Jun 08, 2021

Money spent on treatment can be reimbursed, says Navi Mumbai Commissioner

15 months after first Covid case, Maharashtra death toll crosses 1 lakh
Mon, Jun 07, 2021

Maharashtra on Sunday added 618 deaths to its tally, taking the total death toll due to Covid to 1,00,130. Of the total deaths registered on Sunday, 167 were reported in the last 48 hours, 66 in the last week and 385 from the period before that.

9 pvt hospitals corner 50% doses, raise questions of vaccine equity and access
Sat, Jun 05, 2021

Nine corporate hospital groups cumulatively bought 60.57 lakh doses of the total 1.20 crore doses of vaccines procured by private hospitals in the first full month since the Central government revised its vaccine policy and opened it to the market.

Maharashtra caps treatment cost of mucormycosis at private hospitals
Sat, Jun 05, 2021

Prices capped vary for cities and rural areas, which have been categorised into A, B and C class cities

Civic polls in mind, leaders organise vaccination camps across Mumbai
Thu, Jun 03, 2021

In March and April, some politicians had landed in trouble by distributing remdesivir at a time when its demand was high and availability low.

Mumbai: 1,032 lactating women get jab, turnout of pregnant women zero
Wed, Jun 02, 2021

Mumbai is the first city in India to allow vaccination for pregnant women, with a caveat that pregnant women give a consent form and get a gynecologist certificate that they are fit for vaccination.

Mumbai: Vaccination figures surge in private hospitals, stagnate in government centres
Tue, Jun 01, 2021

While Serum Institute of India (SII) refused to share the number of doses it has supplied to private hospitals, at least 16 hospitals in Mumbai have procured Covishield stock.

Mucormycosis: Lack of drugs, doctors force patients to travel long distance for treatment
Sun, May 30, 2021

Shortage of Amphotericin B injections, in some cases dearth of specialist doctors, is forcing patients for inter-city and inter-state travel to seek mucormycosis treatment. In the process, the treatment cost is scaling up to lakhs.

Private hospitals in Mumbai use 40-50% stock for corporate immunisations
Sat, May 29, 2021

The beneficiaries will pay 16 to 66 per cent extra for a Covishield dose and 4 per cent extra for a Covaxin jab over and above the procurement cost.

Firms line up to bid but vaccine makers say have no agents
Fri, May 28, 2021

This comes as several states float global tenders and, at the same time, underline that the Centre should procure the vaccines rather than make them compete in the global market.

Maharashtra, Mumbai global call: Firms line up to bid but vaccine makers say have no agents
Fri, May 28, 2021

This comes as several states float global tenders and, at the same time, underline that the Centre should procure the vaccines rather than make them compete in the global market.

Maharashtra: 12 districts see sharp rise in number of deaths in second wave
Thu, May 27, 2021

Sindhudurg, Nandurbar, Beed, Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded, Amravati, Yavatmal, Chandrapur, Wardha, Washim and Gadchiroli saw the number of deaths double from the first to the second wave.

Explained: Why there is shortage of black fungus drug in India
Wed, Jun 02, 2021

As mucormycosis spikes, there is an acute shortage of Amphotericin B, the main drug used in its treatment. How much does India need, and how much does it produce? What are the bottlenecks in supply?

Mucormycosis: 2,245 cases so far in Maharashtra, 30 dead in last six days
Wed, May 26, 2021

Maharashtra, meanwhile, continues to reel under shortage of Amphoterecin B injection, an anti-fungal medication needed for treatment of the disease, also referred to as Black Fungus.

Global tender: Maharashtra, BMC get 8 bids each, none from manufacturers
Wed, May 26, 2021

Maharahstra and BMC officials said they directly wrote to all manufacturers but have not received any response. They have received responses only from facilitator firms which claim tie-ups with manufacturers, with an assured supply.

Lactating, pregnant women who give consent can walk-in for Covid-19 vaccination
Tue, May 25, 2021

The BMC issued a circular late Monday night allowing lactating mothers and pregnant women to skip registering an online slot and get preference along with specially abled persons and senior citizens in vaccination centres.

Maharashtra: Scramble for black fungus drug, high cost and low supply hurdles
Thu, May 27, 2021

Maharashtra's monthly requirement for the drug has grown 100 times, from 3,000 during pre-pandemic days to three lakh injections, as of now. Pharmaceutical companies seem to be incapable of servicing this increased demand.