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Coronavirus News Highlights: PM Narendra Modi seeks to dispel fears over COVID vaccine

Coronavirus News Highlights : India's COVID-19 tally stands at more than 1.06 crore, including 1.52 lakh deaths.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 304th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 1,06,10,883 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,52,869 deaths. A total of 1,02,65,706 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. There are 1,92,308 active cases in the country as of date, which comprises 1.81
percent of the total caseload, the data stated. India's recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 96.75 percent. Globally, more than 9.74 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 20.88 lakh have died so far. India, along with many countries, has granted emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines and has started the process of vaccinating healthcare workers and high-risk groups. India's regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval for two vaccines -- Covishield and Covaxin.
  • January 22, 2021 / 11:00 PM IST

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  • January 22, 2021 / 08:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: Maharashtra reports 2,779 new COVID19 cases, 3,419 discharges, and 50 deaths. The total cases now stands at 20,03,657,total recoveries at 19,06,827, the death toll at 50,684 & active cases at 44,926. 

  • January 22, 2021 / 08:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: 1.38 lakh people have been administered the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Karnataka; 2 crore people will be vaccinated in the second phase, said State Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar.  

  • January 22, 2021 / 08:17 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: Indian vaccines land in Casablanca

  • January 22, 2021 / 08:15 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: PMC allows schools to reopen for classes 5th-8th from 1 February 

    Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) passes an order to allow the reopening of schools for classes 5th to 8th from February 1 following SOP (standard operating procedure) that has been provided by the state government.

  • January 22, 2021 / 07:49 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: Cumulative number of Vaccinated Healthcare Workers across the country has surpassed 12.7 lakh. 
    2,28,563 beneficiaries vaccinated till 6 pm on the 7th day of the vaccination drive. 

  • January 22, 2021 / 05:03 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: Indian vaccines reach Seychelles.

  • January 22, 2021 / 03:33 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: Bharat Biotech 1st Indian COVID-19 vaccine maker to publish peer-reviewed data

    Bharat Biotech became the first Indian vaccine manufacturer to have peer-reviewed data for its shots, after results from the company’s phase 1 trial to assess the safety and immunogenicity of Covaxin was published in The Lancet on Thursday. “BBV152 (Covaxin) led to tolerable safety outcomes and enhanced immune responses. Both Algel-IMDG formulations were selected for phase 2 immunogenicity trials. Further efficacy trials are warranted," the results said. Algel-IMDG is the adjuvant that Bharat Biotech is using in Covaxin to boost the immune response of the vaccine. Bharat Biotech had submitted data for its phase 1 and 2 studies through a pre-print, which is a non-peer reviewed research result, last month.

  • January 22, 2021 / 03:25 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: 13,000 volunteers receive 2nd Covid vaccine dose, says Bharat Biotech

    Hyderabad-based vaccine maker Bharat Biotech on Friday announced the successful administration of the second dose of its coronavirus vaccine Covaxin in the Phase-3 clinical trials across multiple sites in India. Suchitra Ella, Joint Managing Director of Bharat Biotech, said, "My heartfelt thanks to all of them for their pro-vaccine public health volunteerism." Last year in December, Bharat Biotech had announced the successful recruitment of 13,000 volunteers, and continued progress towards achieving the goal of 26,000 participants for the Phase III clinical trial of its Covid-19 vaccine.

  • January 22, 2021 / 03:16 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: Chinese COVID-19 vaccine maker CanSino to offer Pakistan 20 million doses

    CanSino Biologics Inc. has offered 20 million shots to Pakistan as it gets ready to release efficacy results “in a few days" from phase III trials that have recently been completed in the South Asian nation, according to its local partner.

    The Chinese maker of the single-shot vaccine will be giving Pakistan preferential access and pricing, said Hasan Abbas Zaheer, technical adviser at AJM Pharma Pvt., the local partner. It has already applied with Pakistan’s drug regulator to get approval.

    “We need to keep in mind that this coronavirus vaccine is a very scarce commodity, highly in demand and you know the other countries many months ago started the advance booking, we also need to do the same, we are already late on that," said Zaheer in a phone interview. “Once Pakistan does a booking, we will be in a position to know the delivery. I am sure the delivery will be much before other manufacturers."

  • January 22, 2021 / 03:11 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: Sri Lanka approves Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use

    Sri Lanka on Friday approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19 amid warnings from doctors that front-line health workers should be quickly inoculated to stop the system from collapsing. Minister for Pharmaceutical Production and Regulation Channa Jayasumana said the British vaccine has been approved for emergency use, the first in Sri Lanka, while several other candidates are in the pipeline at the National Medicines Regulatory Authority.

    It is unknown when Sri Lanka will be getting the vaccine. “Hundreds of health care workers have tested positive in several hospitals. When you have one positive case, about 10 health workers will need to be sent to quarantine. System is collapsing day by day," said Dr. Haritha Aluthge from the Government Medical Officers’ Association, the largest doctors’ trade union in the country.

  • January 22, 2021 / 03:01 PM IST

    Coronavirus Live updates: PM Narendra Modi seeks to dispel fears over COVID vaccine

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday sought to dispel fears and misconceptions over the efficacy and safety of Covid vaccines in an interaction with health workers in Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency. "When doctors and health workers give a clean chit to the vaccine, it sends a very strong message among people about the efficacy of the shots," he said through video conference.

    Health practitioners who have been vaccinated against coronavirus or have administering the shots to others took part, sharing their first-hand experiences. "Really, corona warriors have done a wonderful job," Modi said in the 30-minute interaction during which a hospital matron, a nurse, a lab technician and a doctor asserted that there were no side effects after they were vaccinated.