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February 17, 2021 / 10:54 PM IST

Coronavirus News Highlights: 90 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India so far: Union minister Harsh Vardhan

Coronavirus News Highlights: More than 89 lakh people have been given the COVID-19 vaccine in India so far.

Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 329th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 1,09,37,320 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,55,913 deaths. A total of 1,06,44,858 people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. There are 1,36,549 active cases in the country as of date, which comprises 1.25 percent of the total
caseload, the data stated. India's recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 97.33 percent. Globally, more than 10.94 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 24.16 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. More than 89 lakh people have been given the COVID-19 vaccine in India so far.
  • February 17, 2021 / 10:54 PM IST

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  • February 17, 2021 / 10:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Biggest challenge in 2021 is to ensure people in all countries get access to COVID-19 vaccine: WHO

    The single biggest challenge in 2021 would be ensuring that people in all the countries, both rich and poor, get access to the COVID-19 vaccine, World Health Organisation''s Assistant Director General Dr Peter Singer said on Wednesday.

    Singer pointed out that WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had observed that the "world is on the brink of a moral catastrophe" as the vaccine distribution had so far been skewed in favour of high income countries. He commended the role of Kerala and India in checking the spread of COVID-19 in the face of several difficulties and said "what we saw was a test of global solidarity" in 2020.

    He said there were clear signs of the pandemic receding as the number of recoveries had far exceeded the number of people still affected.

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  • February 17, 2021 / 10:19 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | 90 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India so far: Union minister Harsh Vardhan

    Union minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said 90 lakh doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in the country so far.
    He also said India is supplying COVID-19 vaccines to 23 countries and 40 nations in all have requested for vaccines.

    Vardhan was virtually addressing scientists of CSIR-Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow on the occasion of its 70th Annual Day.

    "As of today, 90 lakh doses of vaccines have been administered in India, and we are supplying vaccines to 23 countries and 40 countries in all have requested the vaccines," Vardhan said.

  • February 17, 2021 / 09:21 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Principal secretary to PM reviews progress of COVID-19 vaccination drive

    Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr P K Mishra on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review in detail the progress of the COVID-19 vaccination drive across the country and steps to accelerate the pace of inoculation.
    During the meeting, plans to involve private sector healthcare facilities in the vaccination drive for its expansion were also discussed, the health ministry said in a statement.

    The principal secretary to the PM was apprised that version 2.0 of the CO-Win digital app for self-registration of vaccine beneficiaries is ready and will be launched in the very near future, it said.

    "The plans to involve private sector healthcare facilities in a significant way in the ongoing vaccination drive were also discussed. This will enable registration of the population in the 50yrs+ category for COVID vaccination, which is the third population priority group after healthcare workers and frontline workers that are presently taking the vaccine," the statement said.

  • February 17, 2021 / 09:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | India announces gift of 200,000 COVID-19 doses for UN peacekeepers

    India, hailed as the pharmacy of the world, on Wednesday announced a gift of 200,000 COVID-19 doses for UN peacekeepers.

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made the announcement at the UN Security Council open debate on the implementation of resolution 2532 (2020) on the cessation of hostilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "Keeping in mind the UN Peacekeepers who operate in such difficult circumstances, we would like to announce today a gift of 200,000 doses for them," Jaishankar told the UN Security Council in a virtual address.

    Quoting the Bhagvad Gita, Jaishankar said, "Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind."

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  • February 17, 2021 / 09:03 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Stop vaccine nationalism, encourage internationalism: India at UNSC meeting on COVID-19

    India, which has shipped ‘Made In India’ COVID-19 vaccines to around 25 nations, on Wednesday urged the international community to stop “vaccine nationalism” and actively encourage “internationalism”, underlining that hoarding superfluous doses will defeat global efforts to attain collective health security and combat the pandemic.

    Addressing the UN Security Council, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar outlined nine points for consideration of the international community to help the world put the COVID-19 pandemic decisively behind it and to emerge more resilient.

    “Stop ‘vaccine nationalism’; indeed, actively encourage internationalism. Hoarding superfluous doses will defeat our efforts towards attaining collective health security,” he said, speaking at the open debate on the implementation of resolution 2532 (2020) on the cessation of hostilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • February 17, 2021 / 08:11 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | India hosting meet on COVID-19 management; nine countries invited

    India is hosting on Thursday a regional conclave on management of coronavirus pandemic and nine countries, including Afghanistan Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, have been invited for it, official sources said.

    They said Mauritius and Seychelles too have been invited for the meeting on "COVID-19 Management: Experience, Good Practices and Way Forward".

  • February 17, 2021 / 07:54 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | AI-based software tool for automated diagnosis of COVID-19 lung infection

    A new software tool that reveals the severity of lung infections in COVID-19 patients has been developed by researchers from the Indian Institute of Science, in collaboration with Oslo University Hospital and University of Adger in Norway.

    It has been described in a recent study published in the journal "IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems", Bengaluru-based IISc said in a statement.

  • February 17, 2021 / 07:53 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | UK to begin world-first human trials to study COVID-19

    The UK is to begin the world''s first COVID-19 human trials to study the impact of the deadly virus on a healthy body’s immune system, after receiving the approval of the country’s clinical trials ethics body on Wednesday.

    The initial study is intended to help scientists understand how the immune system reacts to the virus that causes COVID-19, and identify factors that influence how it is transmitted -- including how a person who is infected “sheds” infectious virus particles into the environment.

    The study will involve up to 90 “carefully selected” healthy adult volunteers being exposed to the virus in a safe and controlled environment.

  • February 17, 2021 / 06:23 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Function halls in Maharashtra under scanner amid rise in COVID-19 cases

    In light of the rise in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, local authorities have been instructed to crackdown on function halls where the number of guests are beyond the permissible limits, an official said on Wednesday.

    According to the police, as many as 50 guests are allowed to attend indoor events, while 200 can participate in outdoor functions.

    Divisional commissioner Sunil Kendrekar said authorities in eight districts of Aurangabad division have been asked to reach out to function halls in the region to check if the number of guests are within the permissible limits.

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  • February 17, 2021 / 06:12 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | Uttar Pradesh reports 67 cases, 3 deaths

    Sixty-seven fresh cases of the coronavirus and three deaths due to it were reported in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, pushing the infection tally to 6,02,410 and death toll to 8,707.
    "In the past 24 hours, 67 fresh cases were reported in the state while 226 patients were discharged. The total number of active cases in the state is now 2,690 while 5,91,013 people have been treated and discharged," according to a health bulletin issued here.

    The state has so far reported 6,02,410 cases and 8,707 deaths, it said.

  • February 17, 2021 / 06:11 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE Updates | EU commission approves new contract for 300 million additional doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

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