Covid: Record 85 lakh doses on Day 1 of new vaccination policy
The first day of the revised Covid-19 vaccination policy, in which the Centre is procuring 75% of domestically available vaccines for free jabs to the 18-plus population, saw a record 85 lakh doses administered till midnight, almost doubling the previous high of 43 lakh doses on April 5. Monday’s big bang start saw officials express hope the Centre’s target of 1 crore jabs a day could be met soon.
Covid vaccination: India's total doses per 100 is 19.6 against UK’s 108.7
India's vaccination record till date has been middling among the world's 30 most populous countries with a rank 16 among them in terms of doses per 100 population. At 19.6 as of June 19, India's level is less than a fifth of what the UK has achieved but several times what many Asian and African countries have.
England players Chilwell, Mount in isolation after contact with Gilmour
England players Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount are self-isolating after coming into contact with Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier on Monday, the Football Association said in a statement. "The pair will be kept away from the rest of the England players and wider support team," the statement added.
India registers record single-day vaccinations; PM Modi says 'gladdening'
India's vaccination efforts got a huge boost on Monday, the first day of the free centralized inoculation drive under revised guidelines, as nearly 83 lakh people got jabs against Covid-19 across the country. This is the highest single-day number of vaccinations so far. The previous high of single-day vaccinations was over 48 lakh doses administered on April 1.
CDC panel criticized for postponed meeting on COVID-19 vaccines, rare heart issues
An advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drew criticism after it postponed a discussion on heart inflammation among a small fraction of COVID-19 vaccine recipients. It was postponed in observance of the Juneteenth National Independence Day holiday.
Sen. Blackburn slams Fauci over COVID-19 lab leak theory dismissal, says he 'shielded' China from scrutiny
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of attempting to deflect criticism of his initial handling of the COVID-19 lab leak theory on Monday following a fiery interview in which he accused his detractors of being “anti-science.”
How patent waiver can boost vaccine production
The havoc wreaked by the second Covid wave in India and the possibility of new mutant variants impacting the world at large in subsequent waves has spurred up the debate on how countries can ensure affordable and equitable access to key drugs and vaccines.
Indications of revival in economic activity as states get into unlock mode: Survey
With states easing lockdown curbs due to declining number of Covid-19 cases, there are immediate indications of improvement in economic activity as companies are hopeful of better performance in the next 6 to 12 months, according to a survey.
'Fed up' Georgia Gov. Kemp rips ATL mayor who blames crime surges on COVID reopenings
Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp responded on Monday to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms blaming the city's crime spike on the GOP-led reopenings during the coronavirus pandemic, stressing that people are “tired of leaders blaming somebody else for problems.”
White House warns of 'pressure' from US, allies on China amid COVID origins probe
The White House said the United States and allies will “work together” to “exercise the necessary pressure on China” amid the global investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, urging Beijing to be a “participant” and provide “transparent data and access” in the probe.
Amarnath Yatra cancelled due to Covid-19
The Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), headed by Jammu & Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha, on Monday decided to keep the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath cave shrine “symbolic” in view of the Covid pandemic, with no physical darshan by the devotees.