Coronavirus LIVE: No case of post-vaccine hospitalisation today, says govt

Andhra Pradesh and Bihar vaccinated the highest number of beneficiaries - over 16,000 by Saturday evening | Photo: PTI
Coronavirus live updates: Health Ministry on Saturday evening said that over 190,000 people have recieved Covid vaccine and no case of post-vaccination hospitalisation was reported so far on Day 1. 

India has rolled out two coronavirus vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin. Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually kicked-off the country's massive coronavirus vaccination drive, which is expected to cover 300,000 frontline healthcare workers across 3,006 sites. He also asked the citizens not to pay heed to rumours about the vaccine since experts have given emergency approval following scientific rigour. He said India had a great track record in vaccine production and that 60 per cent of children of the world get vaccines made in India. 

Meanwhile, India has registered 13,560 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 1,05,42,841. Globally, more than 94 million people have been infected by the virus. The country continues to be second-most-affected globally, and ranks 13th among worst-wit nations by active cases, according to data from Worldometer.

The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (1,981,623), Karnataka (929,960), Andhra Pradesh (885,616), Kerala (831,259), and Tamil Nadu (828,952).

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe, with more than 94 million infected by the deadly contagion. While 67,318,670 have recovered, 2,016,529 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 24,099,511 cases, followed by India, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom. However, it terms of the total number of active cases, US tops the charts, followed by France, UK, Brazil and Belgium.

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Security guard at AIIMS develops allergic reaction after vaccination

An AIIMS security guard has developed an allergic reaction after receiving Covid-19 vaccination. He is kept under observation of doctors at the hospital: AIIMS official

Nepal reports 240 new Covid-19 cases, total count rises to 267,056

Nepal reported 240 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday including six deaths taking the total count of cases to 267,056 and the death toll to 1,954. Citing data from the Ministry of Health and Population, Kathmandu Post reported that a total of 261,044 infected people have recovered from the disease and 477 recovered in the past 24 hours.

Kathmandu Valley recorded 131 new infections in the past 24 hours including 115 in Kathmandu, 12 in Lalitpur, and four in Bhaktapur. Meanwhile, six new infections were reported in Province 1, three in Province 2 and 180 in Bagmati Province in the past 24 hours. The total count of cases in the Kathmandu Valley has reached 124,621.

"Happy that I took Covid-19 vaccine today": Chairman of Apollo Hospitals

"I'm happy that I took Covid-19 vaccine today. By the time I take 2nd shot, my immunity will increase. I hope everyone in India will also have the hope & confidence that "my turn will come, & I'll not hesitate in taking vaccine": Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals

Update: Over 190,000 people vaccinated today, says health ministry

Total of 191,181 beneficiaries vaccinated for Covid-19 on day 1 of the massive nationwide vaccination drive: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

J&K records 109 fresh cases, one more death

With 109 fresh cases detected in a span of 24 hours, Jammu and Kashmir's Covid-19 tally went up to 1,23,217 on Saturday, while one more fatality pushed the death toll due to the disease to 1,921 in the Union Territory, officials said. Of the fresh cases, 55 were reported from Jammu division while the remaining 54were registered in Kashmir division, they added. Jammu district recorded the highest number of 47 cases, followed by 20 in Srinagar district, the officials said.

While five districts -- Bandipora, Doda, Rajouri, Reasi and Kishtwar -- did not report any fresh case, 13 other districts recorded fresh cases in single-digit figures, they added. The number of active COVID-19 cases has dropped to 1,280 in the Union Territory, while 1,20,016 patients have recovered so far, the officials said. The only death due to COVID-19 in the said period was reported from Kashmir division.

Maharashtra reports 2910 new Covid-19 cases, 3039 discharges

Odisha govt to halt vaccination tomorrow, to observe those vaccinated today

165,714 people vaccinated, 16755 vaccinators accros India today: Health ministry

374 beneficiaries vaccinated at five session sites in Chandigarh

3,129 healthcare workers of the Indian Army received Covid shots

3,129 healthcare workers of the Indian Army received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine today: Army Officials

Rajasthan reports 238 new Covid-19 cases, 558 recoveries

Vaccines are like 'sanjeevani' for us in fight against Covid-19: Harsh Vardhan

We received success to an extent in our fight against #COVID19, in one yr. Data in last 3-4 months, our recovery & fatality rate indicate that we were gradually heading towards victory against Covid, sais Union Health Min at video conferencing with Health Ministers of all States & UTs.
He also said that to further speed this up, our scientists developed 2 indigenous vaccines with the support of our scientists, doctors, researchers, vaccine manufacturing industry & citizens of India who volunteered for clinical trials to make research of scientists successful.
The vaccines have been presented before the country like 'Sanjeevani' for us, in the fight against Covid-19. The fight was gradually heading towards victory, now it seems almost definite that the step towards victory will be taken quickly, he added.

Kerala logs 5,960 new Covid-19 cases, 5,011 recoveries in a single day

5,960 new Covid-19 cases, 5,011 recoveries, and 27 deaths reported in Kerala today. The total numbers of active and recovered cases in the state are 68,416 and 7,70,768 respectively.

Assam CM launches Covid-19 vaccination at Assam Medical College in Dibrugarh

660 beneficiaries administered Covid-19 vaccine in Pune till noon

As many as 660 beneficiaries have received vaccine shot against Covid-19 in Pune, till 1 pm on Saturday, according to District Administration, Pune. As many as 32 people at District Hospital Sindh have been vaccinated for Covaxin while the rest all were vaccinated for Covishield here.

There are 39 vaccination centers in Pune and the district has received 111,000 Covid vaccine doses.

Health care worker receives first shot of Covid-19 vaccine in Aizawl

Delhi reports 299 new Covid-19 cases, 397 recoveries

Kolkata Police personnel receives Covid-19 vaccine shot at Kolkata Medical College

Andhra Pradesh reports 114 new Covid-19 cases and 326 recoveries

Health worker receives first shot of Covid vaccine in Raipur

India fought most successful battle against Covid: Amit Shah in Karnataka

World has been fighting battle against Covid- 19 for over a year. Several people died. It has been the toughest battle in humankind's history. But I'm happy to say that India fought the most successful battle against Covid, under PM Modi's leadership: HM in Bhadravathi, Karnataka.

MoS Home Affairs allays fears against vaccination, says vaccines will benefit everyone

Vaccines have been approved only after testing. I say this confidently that the vaccines will benefit everyone: G Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Home Affairs, in Hyderabad

Wait for your turn to get vaccinated, beware of rumours: CM Yogi to people

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday asked the people to remain alert for rumours regarding Covid-19 vaccines and wait for their turn to get themselves vaccinated. Healthcare workers at the frontline of India's Covid-19 battle got their first jabs on Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the world's largest vaccination drive against the pandemic.

Chief Minister Adityanath took a round of the Balrampur Hospital here and met the health workers who were administered vaccines to enquire about their well-being. "Today is a day of immense happiness and excitement. India is the first country which has launched two vaccines," the chief minister said. "I have just now met the health workers who have got vaccinated and they are all fine," he told the media.

"I congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this achievement and thank the scientists of the country. At this point of time, when the country is moving ahead in this battle against a pandemic, we have also to remain alert for the people who are spreading rumours," the chief minister said.

Volunteered to get vaccinated as colleagues were scared: Man after getting first Covid jab in Delhi

Manish Kumar, a 34-year-old machine operator at AIIMS who became the first person in Delhi to get the Covid-19 vaccine, said he had himself asked the hospital authorities to be vaccinated first as his colleagues chosen for the exercise were "scared" to get the jab. Kumar, whose mother Laxmi Rani also works at the hospital, said he was not at all nervous, had a good sleep and was "proud of getting the vaccine".

He was administered a Covid-19 vaccine during the launch of the nationwide vaccination programme at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in the presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday. "I did not know that I am the first person to receive the vaccine. I had a good sleep last night, came here (hospital) in the morning and talked to the other staff who were to get the shot," he said.

"Many of them were scared. So, I went to my seniors and said I should be given the vaccine first. I wanted to prove to my colleagues that there is no need to be scared," Kumar told PTI.

Puducherry CM launches vaccination drive in Ellaipillaichavady

Javadekar, Goa CM at Goa Medical Hospital vaccination site

CM Hemant Soren visits Covid vaccination site at Sadar Hospital in Ranchi

Harsh Vardhan visits Gangaram Hospital in Delhi to review vaccination drive

116 people found positive with UK strain in India

The total number of persons found positive with the UK strain of Covid-19 is 116: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Covid vaccination drive underway in Kolkata

Health workers receive Covid shots in presence of CM Palaniswami in Chennai

Resident docs in RML Hospital want Covishield, expresses 'bit apprehension' about Covaxin

The Resident Doctors' Association (RDA) of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here on Saturday requested the medical superintendent to vaccinate them with Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield. In a letter to the medical superintendent, the association said the resident doctors were "a bit apprehensive" about Covaxin and might not participate in the immunisation drive in large numbers thus defeating the purpose of the exercise which began in the country on Saturday.

"We have come to know that the Covid-19 vaccination drive is being conducted by the hospital today. Covaxin manufactured by Bharat Biotech is being preferred in our hospital over Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute. "The residents are a bit apprehensive about the lack of complete trial in case of Covaxin and might not participate in huge numbers thus defeating the purpose of vaccination. We request you to vaccinate us with Covishield which has completed all stages of trial before its roll-out," the letter stated.


World's largest vaccination drive shows determination of a self-reliant India, says Amit Shah

As the country began administering two made-in-India vaccines against Covid-19 on Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said it represents the determination of a self-reliant India and is an important milestone in the fight against the pandemic. Complimenting scientists as the world's largest vaccination drive was rolled out, Shah said in a series of tweets that India is one of the few countries which have achieved success to end the biggest crisis facing the humanity.

The home minister said the 'New India' led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an India that transforms disasters into opportunities and challenges into achievements. "This 'Made in India' vaccine represents the determination of the self-reliant India. On this historic day, I bow to all our Corona warriors," he said in tweets in Hindi. Shah said the country is witnessing a historic moment and has crossed an important milestone in the fight against the coronavirus under the leadership of Modi.

"The world's largest vaccination campaign shows the immense potential of India's scientists and the power of our leadership," he said. The home minister said, "India is one of the few countries which has achieved success to end the biggest crisis against humanity."

Mahesh Sharma among first lawmakers to get Covid-19 vaccine

With a Covishield jab on his forearm, BJP leader and Gautam Buddh Nagar MP Mahesh Sharma on Saturday got vaccinated for coronavirus as a 'healthcare worker', becoming among the first parliamentarians in India to get inoculated for the infection. Sharma, who is also a trained MBBS doctor, got vaccinated at 11 am at his Kailash Hospital in Noida Sector 27, hospital spokesperson V B Joshi told PTI. The 61-year-old former Union minister was then kept in observation for 30 minutes at the hospital, Joshi said.

The beginning of the end for COVID-19 has started today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the world's largest vaccination campaign. As a doctor, I have also got vaccinated for coronavirus. I am feeling absolutely fine. The vaccine is completely safe and all of you should get vaccinated, Sharma tweeted in Hindi. The vaccination drive started in Gautam Buddh Nagar at six centres across Noida and Greater Noida as the mega inoculation drive was launched in the country on Saturday.

Bharat Biotech to pay compensation if Covaxin causes side effects

Bharat Biotech, which has received a government purchase order for supply of 55 lakh doses of Covaxin, a Covid-19 vaccine, said the company will pay compensation to recipients in case of any serious adverse effects experienced after receiving the antidote. In the consent form to be signed by the vaccine recipients, Bharat Biotech said, "In case of any adverse events or serious adverse events, you will be provided medically recognised standard of care in the government designated and authorised centres/hospitals."

"The compensation for serious adverse event will be paid by sponsor (BBIL) in case if the SAE is proven to be causally related to the vaccine," the consent form said. In phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials, Covaxin has demonstrated the ability to produce antidotes against Covid- 19. However the clinical efficacy of the vaccine is yet to be established and it is still being studied in phase 3 clinical trials, the vaccine maker said.

"Hence it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean that other precautions related to COVID-19 need not be followed," the consent form said.

RML Hospital superintendent Dr AK Singh Rana takes Covaxin jab

Punjab CM visits hospital in Mohali to review vaccination drive

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh visits Civil Hospital in Mohali to inspect the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive today.

ITBP medical officers administered Covid vaccine in Ladakh

Sweeper, nurses among first receipents to get Covid-19 vaccine in Andhra Pradesh

A government hospital sweeper and nurses were among the first recipients of Covid-19 vaccine in Andhra Pradesh as the programme was launched in the state on Saturday by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. Sweeper B Pushpa Kumari and a senior staff nurse Naga Jyothy were administered the vaccine at the Government General Hospital in Vijayawada where Chief Minister formally launched the drive.

A short while earlier, 40-year old staff nurse Manjula of the government hospital in Prodatturu town in Kadapa district, the native of Jagan Reddy, became the first person to get the vaccine. Local MLA Prasad Reddy launched the vaccination drive midway through Prime Minister Narendra Modis address after he flagged-off the nation-wide exercise.

Andhra got 470,000 doses of CoviShield and 20,000 doses of Covaxin in the first round. At each location, a team of six staff have been deployed to vaccinate 100 beneficiaries per day. Each team is supervised by a doctor. A total of 2,324 staff would be working to vaccinate a maximum of 33,200 health care workers per day.

ITBP personnel deployed in Ladakh get vaccine shots

Rajnath Singh lauds scientists, PM Modi for Covid-19 vaccination drive

As India started its vaccination drive against the coronavirus, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday appreciated country's scientists and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his persistence and determination in the development and inoculation process of the vaccine. "Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken decisive steps towards conquering the corona crisis by launching the biggest vaccination campaign not only in India but the whole world. In the first phase, it has been resolved to bring the vaccine to three crore people," Singh tweeted, along with the hashtag #LargestVaccineDrive

"The whole country is appreciative of the scientists who have played a role in preparing India's indigenous vaccine against corona. The persistence and determination with which Prime Minister Modi steered the country, right from the creation of the vaccine to the inoculation campaign, no matter how much we praise him for this, it will not be enough," he added. Singh further said the country's doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, policemen and other frontline workers who fought against the virus are now going to get a protective shield in the form of a vaccine.

"In the next phase, the vaccination campaign will reach 300 million people. It will certainly be a huge achievement," he added.

Healthcare workers get first vaccine shots in Delhi amid cheers, applause

The COVID-19 vaccination drive is underway in the national capital with healthcare workers, who were at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic, getting the first shots amid cheers and applause. Manish Kumar, a sanitation worker, became the first person to receive the vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on Saturday. At the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, 48-year-old nurse Biji Tomy, a native of Kerala, was the first person to get the shot.

"I am feeling very proud and humbled to be part of this historic moment. We risked our lives and were pained to see so many deaths every day. It is a relief that we have a vaccine against coronavirus now," Tomy told PTI. As she stepped out 30 minutes after being administered the vaccine, her colleagues greeted her with loud cheers and applause. The hospital staff cheered other beneficiaries too. In Delhi, every person will be kept under observation for 30 minutes after the immunisation to watch for any side-effects of the vaccine, according to authorities.

Vaccination drive in Rajasthan will take place in 167 booths: Ashok Gehlot

Everyone was eagerly waiting for this day. Finally, the vaccine is out. Vaccination would take place at 167 booths... It would take one to one-and-half-a-year to vaccinate everyone. Until then, we need to continue to follow Covid related protocols: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Uddhav Thackeray inaugurates vaccination centre at BKC Jumbo in Mumbai

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the vaccination centre at BKC Jumbo Covid-19 hospital in Mumbai and witnessed the vaccine administration today.


Don't believe in rumours, experts say vaccines are safe: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged people not to believe in rumours and listen to experts who say Covid-19 vaccines are safe, as the world's largest immunisation programme against the disease began in the country. Kejriwal inspected the Covid-19 vaccination campaign at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital here, interacted with some health workers who received the shot and lauded their contribution in fighting the pandemic.
The vaccination drive has started at 81 centres in Delhi. "I have interacted with those vaccinated. No one has any problem. All are happy that they will get rid of coronavirus," the chief minister said. He said, "I want to say to all not to pay attention to rumours and misinformation. The experts say vaccines are safe and there is no need to worry." But there is a need to use face masks and maintain social distancing even after receiving the vaccine shots, Kejriwal stressed.

If Covaxin is safe why no ministers have taken it yet: Manish Tewari

Many imminent doctors have raised questions with regard to the efficacy & safety of Covaxin with govt saying that people will not be able to choose as to which vaccine they would like to take. This goes against the entire doctrine of informed consent, said Congress MP Manish Tewari. He further questioned the government's intentions saying that if the vaccine is so safe & reliable & efficacy of the vaccine is beyond question then how is it that not a single functionary of the government has stepped forward to get themselves vaccinated as it has happened in other countries around the world.

Covid-19 vaccination drive underway in Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences

Coronavirus vaccination in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat witnesses vaccine administration and interacts with the beneficiaries at Doon Medical College in Dehradun.

Coronavirus vaccination drive: In Kolkata, Covid-19 vaccination brings a passport to normal life for some

Twenty-four-year old Nivedita Gope from Tripura had joined Emami group’s AMRI Hospitals as part of the nursing staff in November 2019, just months ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic hit India.
Since then, she has not been home. The shot today would be a passport of sorts to reunite with her family after more than a year.
“I thought it best to stay here during the pandemic. There was a fear of spreading the infection and there were patients to take care of,” Gope said while waiting for her shot on the first day of the vaccination drive in India. Read on...

Tamil Nadu vaccination drive: Doctor gets first shot of Covid-19 vaccine in TN as CM launches drive

Tami Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami inaugurated the Covid-19 vaccination drive in Tamil Nadu at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai today. The first shot was given to K. Senthil, president of the Tamil Nadu Government Doctors Association.
Dr C Vijayabaskar, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu said that the state health department has made arrangements for vaccination at 166 centres in the first phase. Read more here

Maharashtra: BJP workers celebrate and burn an effigy of coronavirus in Ghatkopar area of Mumbai

Maharashtra: BJP workers celebrate and burn an effigy of coronavirus in Ghatkopar area of Mumbai as the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive begins.

8,100 people will get the vaccine at 81 vaccination centres in Delhi, says Kejriwal

8,100 people will get the vaccine at 81 vaccination centres in Delhi. I appeal to the people not to pay heed to rumours. Experts have said that the vaccines are safe: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after witnessing vaccine administration at LNJP hospital

Covid-19 vaccination drive underway at Jammu Medical College & Hospital

Have reached a decisive phase in war against Covid-19: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Have won battle against polio, small pox. Now we have reached a decisive phase in war against Covid-19: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Very happy that the Covid-19 vaccination drive has begun, says Punjab CM

I am very happy that the Covid-19 vaccination drive has begun, we have started with the health workers & it will gradually come down to other people. I've written to the PM to request free vaccine for the lower-income group: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan shows a dose of COVAXIN developed by Bharat Biotech at AIIMS, Delhi

Vaccine will work as a 'sanjeevani' in the fight against Covid-19, says Harsh Vardhan

I am very happy and satisfied today. We have been fighting against Covid-19 in PM's leadership for the last one year. This vaccine will work as a 'sanjeevani' in the fight against Covid-19, which has entered the final stage: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

A sanitation worker becomes the first person to receive Covid-19 vaccine jab at AIIMS, Delhi

Coronavirus vaccination: Volunteer gets vaccinated

Covid-19 vaccination drive underway

May everyone be healthy and free from illness, tweets PM Modi after launching vaccination drive

PM Modi cautions citizens on propaganda against two 'Made in India' coronavirus vaccines

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday cautioned citizens and urged them not to be affected by propaganda against the two Made in India vaccines against coronavirus.
Speaking at the launch of the nationwide vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus via video conferencing, PM Modi highlighted that the Indian vaccines are cheaper in comparison to the foreign ones.
"Our scientists and experts were assured about the safety and efficacy of the two Made in India vaccines, only then did they allow the emergency use authorization. That is why citizens don't need to fall prey to any propaganda, rumours, or misinformation," he said.

India's Covid vaccination drive based on humanitarian principles: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that India's coronavirus drive is based on humanitarian and very important principles and also laid emphasis on maintaining social distancing and the use of masks.
Speaking at the launch of the nationwide vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus via video conferencing, PM Modi said: "India's coronavirus drive is based on humanitarian and very important principles. Those who need the vaccine the most will get the dose first. Those who are at high risk will get the vaccine shot at first. Doctors, nurses, sanitation staff at hospitals, medical and para-medical staff are the most deserving to get the vaccine dose first." Read on...

Coronavirus vaccination drive: First vaccine shot given in AIIMS

Delhi AIIMS vaccinates the first beneficiary. The first individual to receive the vaccine was a healthcare worker.

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria receives Covid-19 vaccine shot at AIIMS, Delhi

Covid-19: 249 new cases, 1 death in Telangana

Telangana recorded 249 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the total positives to over 2.91 lakh while one related fatality pushed the toll to 1,575.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 54, followed by Warangal Urban and Medchal Malkajgiri with 18 and 17 respectively, a government bulletin said on Saturday providing details as of 8 pm on January 15.
The total number of cases stood at2,91,367 while recoveries were 2,85,519.

Centre, states, local bodies and NGOs came together for the Covid challenge: PM Modi

Some districts have not reported a single case in the last few days: PM Modi

Our corona warriors remained away from homes for days: PM Modi

Our corona warriors remained away from homes for days, in the call of duty: PM Modi

Don't pay heed to rumours, propaganda, says PM Modi on India-made coronavirus vaccine

Scientists gave nod to two made-in-India vaccines after being sure of their effects, don't pay heed to rumours, propaganda: PM to countrymen

PM Modi recalls his govt's decision to impose nationwide lockdown

Decision to impose lockdown was not easy, says PM Modi

India now has over 2,300 Covid testing labs, says Modi

It disturbs us every time when we think about the days when we could not go near our dear ones, due to social distancing norms: PM Modi

Indian vaccines are relatively cheaper than those made in other countries: PM Modi

Indian vaccines are relatively cheaper than those made in other countries: PM Modi

Our vaccination programme driven by humanitarian concerns, says Narendra Modi

Our vaccination programme driven by humanitarian concerns, those exposed to maximum risk get priority: PM Modi

We have got two vaccines in such short time, it's a testimony to our scientists' talent and skills: PM Modi

Country had been waiting impatiently for this day, says Modi

World has immense faith in India's scientists and capacity of vaccine production, says Modi

World has immense faith in India's scientists and capacity of vaccine production, says Modi during coronavirus vaccine launch.

30 million to be vaccinated in Phase 1; 300 million in phase 2, says PM Modi

30 million being vaccinated in first phase, in the second we will take the number to 300 million: PM Modi

Don't discard masks, follow Covid norms even after vaccination, says PM Modi

Even after vaccination, one should not discard precautions like mask and social distancing: PM

Coronavirus vaccination: Experts suggest nearly a month's gap between the two doses, says PM Modi

Experts suggest nearly a month's gap between the two doses, says PM Modi

Coronavirus vaccine is now available, says PM Modi

Everyone was asking as to when the vaccine will be available. It is available now. I congratulate all the countrymen on this occasion: PM Narendra Modi

Normally, it takes many years to make a vaccine. But India is ready with two 'Made in India' vaccines, says PM

Normally, it takes many years to make a vaccine but in such a short span of time, not one, but two 'Made in India' vaccines are ready. Meanwhile, the work on other vaccines is progressing at a fast pace: PM Modi

Coronavirus vaccination LIVE: Those who need vaccine the most will get it first, says PM Modi

Coronavirus vaccination LIVE: Those who need vaccine the most will get it first, says PM Modi

PM Modi launches India's coronavirus vaccination drive

PM Modi launches India's coronavirus vaccination drive

Coronavirus in India: Summary of MoHFW data (January 16)

Active cases: 211,033 (Net reduction: 1,994)
Deaths: 152,093 (Net addition: 175)
Cured: 10,179,715 (Net addition: 16,977)
Total cases: 10,572,841 (Net addition: 15,158)

Coronavirus vaccine: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan arrives at AIIMS, Delhi

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan arrives at AIIMS, Delhi to participate in the vaccination drive.

West Bengal coronavirus vaccination drive: Know the details

The first consignment of 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine “Covishield” arrived in Kolkata on Wednesday afternoon. It is the local version of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and has been manufactured by the Serum Institute of India in Pune.
Kolkata has been allocated the highest number of Covid vaccines in West Bengal, at 93,500, for the first phase of the vaccination drive. North 24 Parganas district has been allocated the second-highest number of Covid vaccines at 47,000, followed by Murshidabad at 37,500. West Bengal has been allocated 6, 44,500 vaccines for the first phase of the drive.

Weak retail data, Covid-19 lockdowns weigh on stocks and oil; dollar rises

Stock and oil prices fell on Friday, pressured by intensifying lockdowns and weak U.S. retail sales data, while the dollar index posted its largest weekly gain in more than two months.
U.S. bond yields and stocks have risen recently, partly on expectations about the rollout of coronavirus vaccines and on a massive stimulus plan by the incoming Democratic administration. President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled a $1.9 trillion economic aid plan. Read on...

'Vaccinationalism' is self-defeating, says UN chief as global Covid deaths cross 2 million

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres lamented that the deadly impact of the pandemic has worsened due to the absence of a global coordinated effort and said that "vaccinationalism" by governments is "selfdefeating" that will delay a global recovery. Since its discovery at the end of December 2019, Covid-19 has now spread to all corners of the world, with cases in 191 countries and regions.

From hard lockdown to tactful reopening: How China bounced back from Covid

The smell, salty and pungent, wafts through the freshly paved streets near the gleaming new factory.
The factory is owned by a company called Laoganma, which makes a piquant chili-and-soybean sauce famous across China for its power to set mouths watering. In a time of global pandemic, when the jobs of working people around the world hang in the balance, the factory’s scents signal opportunity.
Since it opened in March, when China was still in the grip of Covid-19, the factory has struggled to find enough machinery operators or quality control technicians. Now workers are flocking to Changmingzhen, a once-quiet farming town ringed with green mountains and rice paddies, from which young people once fled for better jobs elsewhere. Read on...

Joe Biden's coronavirus plan: 100 million vaccine shots just the start

Getting 100 million shots into Americans' arms in his first 100 days is only the beginning of his coronavirus plan, President-elect Joe Biden has declared.
Lasting impact, he said, will come from uniting the nation in a new effort grounded in science and fueled by billions in federal money for vaccination, testing and outbreak sleuths.
You have my word: We will manage the hell out of this operation, Biden said on Friday. But he also underscored a need for Congress to approve more money and for people to keep following basic precautions, such as wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and frequently washing their hands. Read on...

Karnataka all set for Covid-19 vaccination rollout

Six locations apart from Victoria Hospital in Karnataka's Bengaluru have been identified for the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme scheduled on Saturday.
Speaking to ANI, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Special Commissioner said that apart from Victoria Hospital, six other locations identified as a coronavirus vaccine centre.
"Apart from Victoria Hospital, we have identified six other sites for launch of Covid-19 vaccination drive tomorrow. We have sent vaccines to each vaccination site and sent a message to beneficiaries receiving the vaccine," the Commissioner said.

Mumbai vaccination drive: Health workers cheer as Covid-19 vaccine reaches vaccination centre

Health workers clap and cheer as Covid-19 vaccine reaches the vaccination centre at Cooper hospital in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Maharashtra: Thane district sees 297 new Covid-19 cases

With the addition of 297 fresh coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours, the overall infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 2,48,809, an official said on Saturday.
The death toll in the district, which is part of the Mumbai Metropolitan region (MMR), rose to 6,049 with the viral disease claiming lives of six more persons, he said.
Thane district's mortality rate stands at 2.43 per cent, the official added.

Kerala all set for vaccination drive

Mizoram reports 4 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hour

Scientists develop rapid blood test to identify patients at highest risk of severe Covid-19

Scientists have developed a rapid blood test that can predict within a day of hospitalisation which patients with COVID-19 are at the highest risk of severe complications or death, an advance that may help identify those who may best benefit from specific investigational treatments.
The test, described in the journal JCI Insight, measures levels of mitochondrial DNA -- a unique type of genetic material that normally resides inside the energy factories of cells.

Coronavirus world update: Italy hits 1 million dose coronavirus vaccination mark in just 19 days

Italy passed a positive milestone, with 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine having been administered just 19 days after the country launched its nationwide vaccination program.
The development was praised by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and President Sergio Mattarella, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.
The key indicator represents a dramatic increase in the pace of distributing the vaccines: it took the country 13 days to give the first 500,000 shots and just 6 to give the next 500,000. According to estimates in the Italian media, the next 500,000 doses could be distributed by late Monday or early Tuesday. Read on...

India's vaccination drive to be launched by PM Narendra Modi at 10:30 am

India to begin a nationwide vaccination drive against Covid-19 today, to be launched by PM Narendra Modi at 10:30 am via video conferencing.

Covid vaccination drive: India well prepared to store, distribute vaccines

As the country initiates a mammoth vaccination drive, the government may have to overcome many hurdles to achieve its stated goal of vaccinating 300 million people in the first phase. But Covid-19 vaccine cold storage capacity and distribution is the least of its worries.
Apart from the existing government infrastructure, used for universal immunisation programme, underutilised capacities at private facilities will come in handy, according to stakeholders. Low cost of setting up a new cold storage facility has reduced the risk of supply overtaking storage capacities at remote places, they said. Read on...

Covid-19 vaccination drive begins today; all you need to know about it

With the country all set to roll out two Covid vaccines —Covishield and Covaxin — on Saturday, the health ministry has come out with directions for programme managers on handling the two jabs and detailing the precautions that need to taken. And, giving them a heads-up about the adverse events that may occur after a person receives the shot. Read on...

Decked up for first day, first shot: All eyes on Covid-19 vaccination drive

Dr Alka Choudhary was waiting anxiously for an SMS on the eve of India’s vaccination roll-out when Business Standard met her on Friday. She wanted to know whether she would be among the first to get vaccinated as the process begins on Saturday
“We await a message from the government telling us that we are eligible to receive the shot. After receiving the message, we will head to the vaccination centre along with necessary documents,” said Choudhary, district surveillance officer under the National Health Mission, and a doctor at the Peera Garhi Mohalla Clinic. Read on...

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