Brazil to buy 20 million Covid-19 vaccines from India's Bharat Biotech
Brazil's health ministry on Thursday signed a contract to purchase 20 million doses of Covaxin, the Covid-19 vaccine made by India's Bharat Biotech, for delivery between March and May. The ministry said in a statement that the deal is worth 1.6 billion reais ($290,000), with the first 8 million doses expected to arrive in March.
Covid-19: India beats China at its own game in vaccine diplomacy battle
So far, India has managed to ship nearly 6.8 million free vaccines around the world. China has pledged around 3.9 million, according to publicly available information compiled by Bloomberg, some of which have yet to arrive.
Active Covid cases surge in 10 states/UTs
India recorded more than 16,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for the second day running, even as the number of active cases has surged in 10 states and Union territories in the last seven days while rising by nearly 15,000 nationally to more than 1.5 lakh.
45+ with comorbidities will need doc certificate for jab: Govt
People aged between 45 and 60 years having co-morbidities will just need a certificate from a registered medical practitioner — from the public or private sector — verifying that they have a disease that can increase the risk of infection, hence eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine on priority, according to officials.
Coronavirus live updates | Tamil Nadu mandates one-week quarantine for travellers from Maharashtra, Kerala
National: India has provided 361.94 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines to various countries, out of which 67.5 lakh doses have been supplied as grant assistance and 294.44 lakh on commercial basis, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.
Co-Win is robust, issues are state-specific: NHA chief
Amid concerns about software glitches in Co-Win, the government said the software is robust and the issues are related to data in specific states like Maharashtra. “There are no software-related glitches. The platform can handle much more traffic than it is getting right now,” R S Sharma, chief executive of National Health Authority and head of the Empowered Group on Covid-19 vaccinations, told TOI.
Surge in births at home in Delhi due to Covid scare
The latest birth registration data of municipal bodies has revealed that in the past few months, the consistent trend of institutional deliveries going up – less than 10% non-institutional births were registered in 2019 – got reversed because of Covid.
Over 1.30 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India so far: Health ministry
From March 1, the Covid-19 vaccination will be extended to people aged 60 years and above and those aged above 45 years with comorbidities, it stated. On February 24, the Centre held meeting with all states and Union territories to review the progress of Covid-19 vaccination drive with a focus on improving pace of vaccination.
Merkel warns of Covid 3 wave if Germany does not open cautiously
"We have to proceed wisely and carefully now so that a third wave does not necessitate a new complete shutdown throughout Germany," Merkel said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, as reported by CNN.