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January 16, 2021 / 11:02 PM IST

COVID-19 Vaccination Highlights: Over 1.65 lakh beneficiaries vaccinated across 3,351 sites on Jan 16, says government

Coronavirus News Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s massive COVID-19 vaccination exercise via a video conference on January 16.

COVID-19 Vaccination News Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched India's COVID-19 vaccination drive while reassuring the country that emergency use authorisation was given to two made in India vaccines only after scientists were convinced of their safety and effectiveness, and urged people to beware of propaganda and rumours. Over 3 lakh healthcare workers will be
inoculated on the first day of the much-anticipated vaccine drive. Today is the 298th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. So far, India has recorded 1.05 crore confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1.52 lakh deaths. More than 1.01 crore people have recuperated from COVID-19 so far. However, there are 2.11 lakh active cases in the country, which comprises 2.02 percent of the total caseload. India's recovery rate continues to rise and now stands at 96.53 percent. Globally, more than 9.31 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus and 19.99 lakh have died so far. Many countries have granted emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccines and have 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 17, 2021 / 05:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | PM Modi should have taken COVID vaccine shot: Congress leader

    Senior Congress leader and former UP legislator Pradeep Mathur on Sunday said it would have been better had Prime Minister Narendra Modi taken the coronavirus vaccine shot on the first day of the inoculation drive, thereby injecting confidence among people.

    "It would have been better had Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented an example like that of Joe Biden, the president-elect of the US, by getting himself vaccinated. By taking the COVID-19 vaccine shot, he would have injected confidence among people of the country. People are still feeling hesitant in getting themselves vaccinated," Mathur said here on Sunday.

  • January 16, 2021 / 11:02 PM IST

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  • January 16, 2021 / 10:03 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination News LIVE Updates | Over 1,500 healthcare workers administered COVID vaccine on first day in Himachal

    Administering anti-coronavirus vaccines to healthcare workers began in Himachal Pradesh as Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur launched the inoculation drive at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) here on Saturday.

    Hardeep Singh, a sanitation worker, was the first person in the state to be administered a shot.

    After him, IGMC senior medical superintendent Janak Raj got vaccinated.

    A total of 1,536 healthcare workers were vaccinated on Saturday for COVID-19 in the state, special secretary health Nipun Jindal said.

  • January 16, 2021 / 10:02 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination News LIVE Updates | Army's northern command joins nationwide COVID vaccination drive

    The Udhampur-based Northern Command of the Army on Saturday joined the online launch of vaccination drive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    The drive will primarily commence with vaccination of healthcare workers deployed in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions, a defence spokesperson said in a statement here.

    He said a total of over 12,000 health workers are required to be vaccinated in a progressive manner.

  • January 16, 2021 / 09:22 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination News LIVE Updates | 23 die in Norway after receiving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, 13 were nursing home patients

    Twenty-three people died in Norway within days of receiving their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with 13 of those deaths apparently related to the side effects of the shots, New York Post reported citing the health officials.

    All 13 were nursing home patients and at least 80 years old.

    Common reactions to the vaccine, including fever and nausea, "may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients," New York Post quoted Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, as saying in a statement on Friday.

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  • January 16, 2021 / 09:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination News LIVE Updates | Shot in the arm for health staff: From facing harassment to being first to get COVID-19 vaccine

    Several hundreds of healthcare workers, from doctors to sanitation workers at hospitals, were given shots of Covid-19 vaccine at 81 centres, after the world's largest vaccination drive was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the country.

    "We were only trying to do our job when the virus had just invaded our cities, and our country. We were not criminals that they subjected many of our fellow brothers and sisters to humiliation. But, it feels very relieving today. People have understood we were trying to save lives, putting our own lives at risk," said Biji Tomy, a nurse who received the very first Covid-19 vaccine shot at the LNJP Hospital.

  • January 16, 2021 / 07:37 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination News LIVE Updates | No case of post-vaccination hospitalisation so far, over 1.65 lakh vaccinated: Health Ministry

    The Union health ministry in a press conference said that no case of post-vaccination hospitalisation was reported after 1,65,714 people were vaccinated on January 16.

  • January 16, 2021 / 07:32 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination News LIVE Updates | COVID-19 vaccines Covaxin and Covishield administered at 3,351 session sites across India, said government.

  • January 16, 2021 / 06:16 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination News LIVE Updates | Union Home Minister Amit Shah on COVID-19 vaccines

  • January 16, 2021 / 06:13 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination News LIVE Updates | When will poor get free COVID vaccine, asks Akhilesh Yadav

    As the coronavirus vaccine was launched on January 16, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav sought to know from the government how the drive will be conducted and when the poor will get the shot free of cost.
    The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said he has faith in doctors of the country but not the government.

    He also suggested that the BJP people should first line up in queues and get themselves vaccinated as the party conducts all programmes in a grand manner.

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  • January 16, 2021 / 05:28 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination News LIVE Updates | Maharashtra has received 10 lakh vaccine doses, says state health minister Rajesh Tope

    Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on January 16 said the state has received 60 per cent of the COVID-19 vaccine stock or 10 lakh doses so far and the remaining doses will be available in the next 10 days.

    Speaking to reporters after attending the vaccination drive in Jalna, Tope said at least 8 lakh health workers have registered for this programme, and for this, the state needs 7.5 lakh additional doses of the vaccine.

    'Although the state has received 60 per cent to the vaccine stock it needs, the remaining consignment will be made available in the next 10 days,' the minister said.

  • January 16, 2021 / 05:25 PM IST

    Coronavirus Vaccination News LIVE Updates | 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.

    A consent form to be signed by the vaccine recipients 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 and 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 form said. In phase 1 and 2 clinical trials, Covaxin has demonstrated the ability to produce antidotes against COVID-19. (PTI)

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