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.
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.
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.
Record 69 lakh Covid vaccine doses administered on day one of revised guidelines
More than 69 lakh vaccine doses were administered across the country till Monday evening on the first day of the revised guidelines for Covid-19 vaccination coming into effect, the Union Health Ministry said. It is the highest number of doses administered in a day since the vaccination drive started on January 16. India's cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage is now nearly 28.7 crore.
Record 80 lakh Covid vaccine doses administered on day one of revised guidelines
The Union health ministry on Monday said that more than 80 lakh vaccine doses were administered across the country till evening on the first day of the revised guidelines for Covid-19 vaccination coming into effect. It is the highest number of doses administered in a day since the vaccination drive started on January 16.
Over 2.98 crore Covid vaccine doses still available with states, UTs: Centre
So far, 29,35,04,820 vaccine doses have been provided to states and Union territories (UTs) through the Centre's free of cost channel and the direct state procurement category, it said. Of this, the total consumption, including wastage, is 26,36,26,884 doses, according to data available at 8am on Monday, the ministry said.
Is there a need for a COVID booster shot? Here's what WHO says
Given the emergence of multiple new SARs-COV-2 variants, health authorities are extremely concerned about vaccine efficacy. The Delta variant, which is a possible driving force of the second wave of COVID-19, is said to be highly infectious and transmissible, which can also cause breakthrough infections.