As soon as Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolle out the vaccination drive, SGPGI Director Dr R K Dhiman, Ram Manohar Lohia Institute Director Dr A K Singh and Kannauj Medical College Principal Navneet Kumar were among the first few to get themselves vaccinated.
Coronavirus in India: 15,144 new cases recorded in last 24 hrs, nationwide vaccination drive underway
India reported 15,144 new COVID-19 infections and 17,170 discharges on January 17. COVID tally of the country stood at 1,05,57,985, including 2,08,826 active cases. So far, 1,01,96,885 patients have been recovered from the disease and discharged. With 181 deaths in the last 24 hours, death toll mounts to 1,52,274. Total of 1,91,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated for COVID-19 on January 16, which was day 01 of the massive nationwide vaccination drive.Coronavirus in India: 15,144 new cases recorded in last 24 hrs, nationwide vaccination drive underway
PM Narendra Modi Saturday launched India's COVID-19 vaccination campaign and asserted that the 'made-in-India' vaccines being rolled out will ensure a 'decisive victory' for the country over the pandemic and cautioned citizens against falling prey to any 'propaganda' and rumours. He reminded people that two doses of vaccine are very important and asked them to maintain wearing masks and social distancing even after receiving the jabs. During his speech, the Prime Minister turned emotional as he spoke of the disruption the pandemic caused to people's lives and also referred to sacrifices made by healthcare and frontline workers. Watch highlights from PM Modi's address. (Text: PTI)PM Modi cautions against 'propaganda' as he launches India's COVID-19 vaccination drive
State governments, district officials and municipal commissioners have been asked to get ground staff, logistics and IT systems in place to carry out the drive that aims to cover 30 crore 'priority population' by July.
PM Narendra Modi to launch India's Coronavirus vaccination drive tomorrow. Over 3000 session sites across the country will be virtually connected during the launch and almost 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated in each session site on the 1st day. TIMES NOW with the latest updates.Covid-19 vaccination: PM to launch world's largest immunisation exercise on January 16
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India on January 19 reported single-day spike of 10,064 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 137 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,52,556. India’s confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,05,81,837 which include 2,00,528 active infections. More than 1,02,28,753 people have recovered from the virus with 17,411 new discharges in last 24 hours. Covid-19: India records 10,064 new cases, 137 deaths in 24 hours
Of 100 health workers who were administered COVID-19 vaccine at the civil hospital, nearly half were doctors, including critical care specialist Dr Maharshi Desai, public health expert Dr Dileep Mavalankar, immunology expert Dr Sapan Pandya, and many doctors attached to the hospital itself.
Total cases of the new strain in India now stand at 20. Further details are awaited as the government continues to increase scrutiny on passengers from UK and doubles down on testing.Covid-19: 20 cases of UK coronavirus strain in India
Dry runs to be carried out across Uttar Pradesh today in light of the DCGI approval given to 2 Covid-19 vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin. Dry run for Covid-19 vaccination across Uttar Pradesh today
Ahead of January 16 vaccine roll-out, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual meeting with Chief Ministers today afternoon and also review coronavirus situation in their respective states. All states will share the details of preparations made for the planned vaccination during this meeting. The meeting is slated to begin at 4 pm. Covid-19: PM Modi to chair meeting with CMs on vaccine roll-out, corona situation
BJP workers celebrated the launch of the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive in Mumbai. They burnt effigy of coronavirus in Ghatkopar area to celebrate the vaccine drive. The mega COVID-19 vaccination drive began in India on Jan 16.Watch: BJP workers burn corona effigy to celebrate launch of Covid vaccination drive
On January 12, the total COVID-19 tally of India reached to 1,04,79,179. The country reported 12,584 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours and the active cases stands at 2,16,558. With new 18,385 discharges, total number reached to 1,01,11,294.Coronavirus in India: 12,584 new infections reported in last 24 hrs, active cases dip to 2.16 lakh
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India on January 18 reported single-day spike of 13,788 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 145 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,52,419. India’s confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,05,71,773 which include 2,08,012 active infections. More than 1,02,11,342 people have recovered from the virus with 14,457 new discharges in last 24 hours. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 5,48,168 samples were tested on January 17. Cumulative samples tested for COVID-19 till January 17 are 18,70,93,036.Coronavirus in India: 13,788 new cases, 14,457 recoveries recorded in last 24 hours
On January 15, India reported 15,677 new COVID-19 cases and 189 deaths in last 24 hours. The active cases stands at 2,10,l06. With new 15,848 discharges, total number reached to 1,01,62,082. 189 deaths were reported in last 24 hours, taking cumulative toll to 1,51,954.Covid-19: India reports 15,677 new cases in 24 hours; active cases dip to 2,10,l06
On January 13, the total COVID-19 tally of India reached to 1,04,95,147. The country reported 15,968 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours and active cases stands at 2,14,507. With new 17,817 discharges, total number reached to 1,01,29,111. 202 deaths were reported in last 24 hours, taking cumulative toll to 1,51,529.Covid-19: India records 15,968 new cases in 24 hours; tally reaches to 1,04,95,147
While some would want to get their elders given the protective jab as soon as possible to minimise their risk of infection, others want to wait for 1-2 months to see the results of the first phase of vaccination for antibody generation and side effects before they stand in line for the injection.
"Coronavirus is the century's biggest pandemic. It is important to protect our people from it. I appeal to the Central government to ensure that everyone gets free vaccine. The expenditure on this will save lots of lives," Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr VK Paul said that phase 3 trial of Pfizer, Moderna is still going on but the benefits are overwhelming compared to risk. “World has decided to move forward, take benefit and ensure what's needed in this stage,” he said. “Safety proven without doubt on thousands and thousands of individuals. We should respect the scientific processes that unfolded in extremely different, difficult and unusual circumstances. Today, 2 great vaccines are available. Whatever vaccine you're allotted, please take it,” he added. Covid-19 vaccination drive: Safety proven without doubt, says NITI Aayog member VK Paul
Healthcare workers at Delhi hospital treated with chocolates, cakes, juices after COVID-19 vaccine shots
Dr Ajeet Jain, nodal officer of COVID-19 and cardio surgeon at the hospital, said, "The gift hampers were not pre-planned. It just happened and we are happy that they brought smiles on the faces of volunteers. We will think about whether to continue or not."
The coronavirus pandemic is showing no signs of slowing down, with infections surging past 94 million and more than two million deaths, and Europe among the hardest-hit parts of the world.
The government has launched one of the world's most ambitious vaccine programmes, aiming to innoculate 300 million of the 1.3 billion population by July.
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India on January 14 reported single-day spike of 16,946 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 198 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,51,727. India’s confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,05,12,093 which include 2,13,603 active infections.Covid-19: India records 16,946 new cases in last 24 hours; tally stands at 1,05,12,093
Certain amount of Covaxin doses will be given free of cost by India as a goodwill gesture to 6 countries. India to give free vaccine doses to 6 countries
More than one crore cases and 1.5 lakh fatalities later, India took its first steps out of the pandemic with shots of the Covishield and Covaxin vaccines being administered at medical centres across the country to a collective sigh of relief that this could finally be the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 trauma.
"I want to appeal to people to not believe in any rumors. Our prime criteria in the vaccine trial is the safety and efficacy and nothing will be compromised," Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said after reviewing the vaccine dry run at a government hospital in Delhi. Listen-in. (Text: IANS)Don't believe in rumours against coronavirus vaccine: Harsh Vardhan
India on January 09 reported 18,222 new COVID-19 cases, 19,253 recoveries in last 24 hours. The total number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 1,04,31,639, which includes 2,24,190 active cases.Coronavirus in India: 18,222 new cases, 19,253 recoveries reported in last 24 hrs
The drill will be held at three session sites of 736 districts across 33 states and union territories, the health ministry said in a statement. Vardhan interacted with the health ministers and principal secretaries and additional chief secretaries through video conference to review the preparedness for the mock drill.
The novel coronavirus was found in air samples from hospital wards according to a study by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology. Study yet to be peer-reviewed.Coronavirus found in air samples from hospital wards: CSIR report
This will be Modi's first interaction with chief ministers following the recent approval of two coronavirus vaccines for restricted emergency use by India's drug regulator.
India on January 10 reported 18,645 new COVID-19 cases, 19,299 recoveries in last 24 hours. The total number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 1,04,50,284, which includes 2,23,335 active cases. The total number of people discharged reached 1,00,75,950, while death toll stood at 1,50,999 after 201 people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, 18,10,96,622 samples have been tested up to January 09.Coronavirus in India: 18,645 new infections, 19,299 recoveries in last 24 hrs
TIMES NOW's Sherine with ground report from IGI airport where the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine from Serum Institute of India will be arriving shortly.First batch of Covishield vaccine reaches airport, on way to Delhi
Health Minister of Delhi, Satyendar Jain informed about plans to begin vaccination after DCGI granted approval to vaccines of Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech. Jain said, “In the first phase, healthcare workers and frontline workers will be vaccinated.” “There are around three lakh healthcare workers and six lakh frontline workers in Delhi who will be administered with the COVID-19 vaccine,” he added. Covid vaccine: Healthcare, frontline workers will be vaccinated in 1st phase, says Satyendar Jain
Russia has imposed no broad lockdown during the second wave of infections that began in September and officials have said that targeted restrictions are enough to curb the virus.
A 46-year-old health worker died a day after receiving the coronavirus vaccination, officials said on Monday. While Mahipal's family is blaming the death on vaccination, the authorities said that he suffered from cardiac disease.
The samples have been tested positive in various laboratories across the country. “3 in NIMHANS, Bengaluru, 2 in CCMB, Hyderabad and 1 in NIV, Pune,” the ministry said in a statement.
The proposed aid package includes $415 billion to bolster the U.S. response to the virus and the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, some $1 trillion in direct relief to households.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, said data coming from Britain indicates the vaccines still will block the virus. But the U.S. also will do tests to be sure.
The health department in Sindh said the samples of 12 returnees were taken for genotyping, out of which six tested positive. The health department said that the provincial government was tracing contacts of these patients, and all those who came in contact with them were being isolated.
"There is a capacity to store 2.5 lakh litres of vaccine in the state. For vaccination, six crore syringes are needed and till now, 4.5 crore have been allotted," the state government said.
COVAXIN has been developed by Bharat Biotech, a company based in Hyderabad, with backing from the state-run Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Three trucks loaded with Covishield vaccine have left for the airport from vaccine maker Serum Institute of India's facility in Pune, as part of the first consignment of the vaccine. The vaccine doses will be shipped to different locations in the country. The first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive will start from January 16 in India. Central government will bear the expenses of COVID-19 vaccination for frontline workers in the first stage. Speaking to mediapersons, DCP Namrata Patil said that administration has made elaborate security arrangements for the first consignment of the vaccine. “The first consignment of the vaccine has been dispatched from the facility of Serum Institute of India here. We have made elaborate security arrangements,” said DCP Patil.First batch of Covishield vaccine dispatched from SII’s Pune facility
The state government picked up Krishna district for the dry run, where it will be carried out in five locations, according to Health Commissioner Katamaneni Bhaskar.
During the lockdown, people were forced to make do with less. Now, some are carrying on with this life lesson, cutting down on city life, eating out, new clothes.
India's Coronavirus vaccination drive: Over 3 lakh healthcare workers to be inoculated on the 1st day. Ground details by Times Now's Arvind (SMS Hosp, Jaipur), Amir (Govt Medical College, Lucknow) & Arindam (Guwahati Medical College).India's Coronavirus vaccination drive: Ground report from Delhi, Guwahati, Jaipur, and Lucknow
India on January 04 added 16,505 new COVID-19 infections in last 24 hours which pushed total case load to 1,03,40,470. Country reported 214 deaths in the same period, taking the total casualties to 1,49,649. The daily deaths at 214 is lowest in over six months. India’s recoveries are inching towards 1 crore-mark with 19,557 new discharges in last 24 hours. On January 03, Indian drug regulator gave nod to vaccines of Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech for emergency use.Covid-19: India reports 16,505 new cases, 214 deaths in 24 hours
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,01,29,111 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.51 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.44 per cent.
Covid vaccination: India begins second national dry run; Harsh Vardhan says inoculation to start in few days
In a bid to assess its preparedness, the second dry run for the rollout of coronavirus vaccination began on Friday in all districts across the country – except Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today visited Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai to review the dry run for administering the Covid-19 vaccine.Covid vaccination: India begins second national dry run; Harsh Vardhan says inoculation to start in few days
A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins, amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. The World Health Organization team flew into Wuhan after months of delays and diplomatic wrangling.WHO team lands in Wuhan in hunt for coronavirus origins
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India on January 03 reported single-day spike of 18,177 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 217 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,49,435. India’s confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,03,23,965 which include 2,47,220 active infections. More than 99,27,310 people have recovered from the virus with 20,923 new discharges in last 24 hours. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 9,58,125 samples were tested on January 03. Cumulative samples tested for COVID-19 till January 03 are 17,48,99,783. Coronavirus in India: Over 99 lakh recovered, active cases fall below 2.5 lakh-mark
44% rural Indians willing to pay for Covid vaccine; 51% consider coronavirus 'Chinese conspiracy': Survey
The majority of the rural respondent households suggested prioritising doctors and nurses for administering the COVID-19 vaccine, followed by by frontline health workers such as ASHAs and ANMs.
The fight against coronavirus began when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a “Janta Curfew”, followed by a nationwide lockdown in March. This set off a mass reverse migration as labourers decided to go back to their home towns. Once the chaos settled down, people found new ways to go on with their lives. In Pic: A combination of photos from major cities across the country shows deserted roads at 10 am on April 6, a Monday. The lockdown emptied roads and public transportation systems as people, afraid of catching an unknown virus, stayed at home.
Various state ministers and BJP MLAs remained present at different schools in Gujarat to welcome the students, a release from the state government said. Chudasama welcomed students at a school in Kalol town of Gandhinagar, while Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja was present at a school in Vastral area of Ahmedabad to greet students.
As per the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India on December 28 reported single-day spike of 20,021 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 279 deaths in the same period pushed the COVID-19 toll in the country to 1,47,901. India’s confirmed cases of coronavirus stand at 1,02,07,871 which include 2,77,301 active infections.Coronavirus in India: 20,021 new cases reported in last 24 hrs, recoveries cross 97 lakh-mark
While India recorded 12,584 new cases of coronavirus in a day, the lowest in around seven months, a net decline of 5,968 cases has been registered during the same period.
The situation is being monitored and regular advice is being given to the states for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to INSACOG laboratories.
Several hundreds of healthcare workers, from doctors to sanitation workers at hospitals, were given shots of COVID-19 vaccine at 81 centres, after the world's largest vaccination drive was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inaugural address at National Metrology Conclave on January 04 said, “The Indian scientists have been successful in coming up with two 'made in India' COVID19 vaccines. The country is proud of its scientists.”India proud of its scientists for two 'made in India’ Covid vaccines: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding an all-party meeting with the floor leaders of all political parties of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the country and vaccine development.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is speaking at the virtual meeting while Union Health Minister Harshvardhan briefed the leaders on the coronavirus situation in India at present. Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Prahlad Joshi, V Muralidhar and Arjun Meghwal were also present at the meeting with Opposition parties.Coronavirus vaccine may be ready in a few weeks: PM Modi
Scientists including BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin and John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, have said they are testing the vaccines on the new variants and say they could make any required tweaks in around six weeks.
A vaccine against COVID-19 will be introduced in the country in next one or two months, he said.
As of Wednesday, 23:45 GMT, the COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at JHU reported that the total COVID-19 cases around the world stand at 74,087,090 cases.
A dry run for COVID-19 vaccine administration was conducted at Urban Health Training Centre, Srinagar on Saturday. A total of 25 beneficiaries selected from Co-WIN platform participated during the mock drive. According to Union Health Ministry, the objective of the dry run for COVID-19 vaccine introduction is to assess operational feasibility in the use of COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (Co-WIN) application in the field environment, to test the linkages between planning and implementation and to identify the challenges and guide the way forward prior to actual implementation. This is also expected to give confidence to program managers at various levels, it said. (Text: ANI)COVID-19 vaccine dry run held across Jammu & Kashmir
The central government has introduced a new digital platform called ‘Co-Win’ for COVID-19 vaccine delivery. There will be a new mobile app as well with the same name that will allow people to register for the vaccine. Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said healthcare workers and frontline workers need not register themselves as their database has been populated on to the Co-WIN vaccine delivery management system in a bulk manner. Bhushan said Co-WIN will have a provision that one can create a unique health ID and you can keep the acknowledgement in digi locker which is free or on your phone.Co-WIN app: Here's how whole India will be vaccinated for coronavirus using a mobile application
The government has already placed an order for 11 million doses from Serum Institute. In addition, 550,000 doses have been ordered from Bharat Biotech. The order to Pune-based Serum Institute is priced at ₹220 for one dose of the injection and that to Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech is at ₹309, inclusive of taxes.
India will start this month a vaccination drive to inoculate about 300 million people against Covid-19, an exercise considered to be one of the largest immunization drives in the world. What will it take to vaccinate a population of this size and who will be involved in this programme? ET’s Divya Rajagopal explains.World’s largest Covid vaccination campaign: Here is all you need to know
The first consignment of over 10.5 lakh vials of COVID-19 vaccines will be reaching Kolkata from Pune on Tuesday, a senior official of the state health department said.
The human trial, announced in October before the recent rise in cases, is initially seeking up to 500 volunteers to be vaccinated at a hospital in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Two doses of the vaccine will be given, 20 days apart, to volunteers, the statement said. Participants will have to be 18 years or older, have not previously been infected with COVID-19 or participated in other COVID-19 vaccine trials, it said.
India took 'very decisive' steps to deal with coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences: IMF chief
The IMF Managing Director during a global media roundtable on Thursday predicted a less bad outlook for India in the upcoming World Economic Update due to the steps taken by it.
The Centre on Monday released detailed guidelines for India's mass vaccination drive that will begin once the frontrunner candidates-some of which are under regulatory review- will be available for emergency use. Under Phase one of the vaccination drive, the government is planning to vaccinate nearly 30 crore people, including healthcare & frontline workers, people above 50 years of age and those under 50 with comorbidities.Covid-19: Health Ministry issues guidelines for India's mass vaccination drive
COVID-19 cases in the country are less than 2.7 lakhs and are the lowest in six months, informed Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on December 29 while addressing a press conference in national capital. He said, “Active cases in the country are less than 2.7 lakhs and are declining. Positivity rate in the country during the last week stood at only 2.25%.”Active Covid-19 cases lowest in 6 months: Union Health Secretary
On Saturday, the coronavirus cases in the country surpassed the 10 million mark with 25,152 new infections. However, the virus in the country, which peaked in September, seems to be abating. The imminent arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine has also infused fresh hopes that the pandemic which has claimed 145k lives across the world is on its way out.
"Moderna expects that the immunity induced by its COVID-19 vaccine would be protective against coronavirus variants reported in the United Kingdom (UK)," read the statement released by Moderna.
Countries around the world have begun banning flights and travellers from Britain as London said the spread of a more-infectious new coronavirus strain was "out of control"Countries ban UK flights as new coronavirus strain spreads
According to the scientists, the most common symptom to persist was muscle weakness (63 per cent of cases), with patients also frequently experiencing sleep difficulties (26 per cent).
Companies, logistics firms, governments and hospitals are already ramping up infrastructure to safeguard vials of Covid vaccine against the looming risk of theft, burglary and pilferage. That’s not all — both vaccine makers and governments need to be alert to the possibility of counterfeiting and a potential grey market. They admit to being wary of lax security at hospitals etc.
All these persons have been kept in single-room isolation in designated healthcare facilities by respective state governments, the ministry had said.
The blue-chip CSI300 index fell 1.5% to 5,437.52, while the Shanghai Composite Index slipped 0.8% to 3,566.38.
The move comes even as seven returnees from Britain have tested positive for the new variant in the state so far, with three within the corporation limits of Bengaluru and four in Shivamogga district. The state health authorities have so far performed RT-PCR tests on 1,614 UK returnees, of whom 27 tested positive for Covid-19.
The central government has introduced a new digital platform called ‘Co-Win’ for COVID-19 vaccine delivery. There will be a new mobile app as well with the same name that will allow people to register for the vaccine.Covid-19: Government announces ‘Co-Win’ mobile app for vaccine delivery
The dramatic collapse of the 15-month-old Congress government helmed by party veteran Kamal Nath was the biggest political event of 2020 in Madhya Pradesh.
PM launches India's vaccination drive against COVID, asks people not to fall for propaganda, rumours
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on Saturday one of the world's largest vaccination campaigns, as part of efforts by the populous nation to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control starting with two locally-manufactured shots.
The factsheet details information that would enable recipients to understand the benefits and common side-effects of the Covishield vaccine, to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2.
Here is an overview of some of the transformations.
It will remove false or baseless claims about immunisations, and debunked myths about the vaccine.
More than 73,000 people in the Chinese capital have received the first dose of the vaccine over the last couple of days, state media reported Sunday, including community workers and bus drivers.
Guidelines to prevent and contain spread of new variant of coronavirus soon: Karnataka Health Minister
A release from the Minister's office, quoting him, said there will be new guidelines for New Year celebrations and that he will hold a meeting with the Home Department regarding this soon.
Speaking at the India Mobile Congress, he said mobile technology has enabled benefits worth billions of dollars to reach the deserving and also helped the poor and vulnerable during the pandemic.
Oxford-AstraZeneca made Covishield by genetically engineering adenovirus that normally infects chimpanzees. It uses double-stranded DNA. Bharat Biotech made Covaxin is based on an inactivated form of the coronavirus.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16, 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11 and crossed 80 lakh on October 29 and 90 lakh on November 20.
Researchers in Brazil said it was 50.4% effective at preventing symptomatic infections, barely enough for regulatory approval and below the 78% announced a week earlier.
In a span of 24 hours, 20,549 persons were found to be COVID positive in the country. During the same period, 26,572 new recoveries were registered ensuring a drop in the active caseload, it stated.
The not-yet peer reviewed study by Pfizer and scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch indicated the vaccine was effective in neutralizing virus with the so-called N501Y mutation of the spike protein.
As India is set to start the vaccination program against COVID-19 on January 16, millions of doses of Covishield vaccine, manufactured by Pune's Serum Institute of India, have reached the length and breadth of the country. Covid vaccine reaches length and breadth of country, set to start vaccination drive from Jan 16
Vaccination will be done at all government health facilities such as primary health centres, district hospitals and teaching facilities. When contacted, state Principal Health, Medical and Family Welfare Secretary Syed Ali Murtuza Rizvi said they were following the Centres guidelines for the vaccination programme.
Co-developed by the University of Oxford and British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and known as Covishield in India, the vaccine was the first on which a scientific study was published based on Phase 3 clinical trials.
The CSIR's Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad have alone done sequencing of over 2,200 genome sequences of coronavirus in India.
Less than 20,000 daily new cases (19,556) were added to the national tally in a day after 173 days.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked the Centre over the delay in the rollout of a vaccine for coronavirus. Noting that countries like China, the US, Russia and the UK have begun the process and 23 lakh people have already received the vaccination worldwide, Rahul Gandhi asked 'India ka number kab aayega (When will India's chance come?)'.Rahul Gandhi questions Govt over Covid vaccines, asks ‘When will India's chance come?’
The decision to look at vaccine development comes at a time when serious questions have been raised over emergency use authorisation given to Bharat Biotech's indigenous vaccine Covaxin before Phase III trials have been completed.
A recent study has analyzed the effectiveness of COVID-19 control policies in over 40 countries including the United States, and discovered the five policies that were highly effective when fully implemented to combat the virus. A new study published by PLOS ONE examines the effectiveness of COVID-19 control policies in 40 jurisdictions including countries and U.S. states. Among the conclusions is that significant social costs must be incurred to reduce the growth of the virus to negative.