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  • Prithviraj Chavan slams Centre for letting private hospitals charge for COVID-19 vaccine Mar 02, 2021 02:25 PM IST

    Prithviraj Chavan slams Centre for letting private hospitals charge for COVID-19 vaccine

    Last week, the government had announced that people above the age of 60 and those over 45 years suffering from co-morbidities can avail the vaccine for free at government facilities and for Rs 250 at private hospitals.

  • A month of holy days and festivals, amid coronavirus pandemic Mar 02, 2021 02:12 PM IST

    A month of holy days and festivals, amid coronavirus pandemic

    February was a month full of religious holidays and festivals for all manner of faith traditions, as captured by AP photographers around the globe.

  • Farooq Abdullah gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine Mar 02, 2021 02:11 PM IST

    Farooq Abdullah gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

    Omar Abdullah, son of the NC president, took to Twitter to thank the doctors and other staff at the hospital for administering the vaccine to his father.

  • Pfizer, Oxford vaccines reduce severe COVID-19 in elderly, study finds Mar 02, 2021 01:15 PM IST

    Pfizer, Oxford vaccines reduce severe COVID-19 in elderly, study finds

    The research, posted as a pre-print and yet to be peer-reviewed, estimated the effect of both the COVID-19 vaccines on laboratory confirmed symptomatic disease in individuals aged 70 years or older in England.

  • China aims to vaccinate 40% of population by end-July, says Senior Adviser Mar 02, 2021 01:15 PM IST

    China aims to vaccinate 40% of population by end-July, says Senior Adviser

    Zhong Nanshan, a coronavirus expert who helped shape China's COVID-19 response, said on Monday the current ratio of vaccine doses administered per 100 people in China is 3.56, much lower than those in Israel, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

  • Chinese hackers target Indian vaccine makers SII, Bharat Biotech, says security firm Mar 02, 2021 12:50 PM IST

    Chinese hackers target Indian vaccine makers SII, Bharat Biotech, says security firm

    Rivals China and India have both sold or gifted COVID-19 shots to many countries. India produces more than 60% of all vaccines sold in the world.

  • Health minister Harsh Vardhan, wife get COVID-19 vaccine shot Mar 02, 2021 12:26 PM IST

    Health minister Harsh Vardhan, wife get COVID-19 vaccine shot

    The minister's wife Nutan Goel first took the jab after which Vardhan received the vaccine shot.

  • More than 400 acts of violence against COVID health workers in 2020: Report Mar 02, 2021 12:20 PM IST

    More than 400 acts of violence against COVID health workers in 2020: Report

    The vast majority, 80 percent, of the perpetrators of the violence were civilians, but threats also came from public authorities.

  • China, US should lift COVID-19 travel bans if herd immunity reached Mar 02, 2021 11:45 AM IST

    China, US should lift COVID-19 travel bans if herd immunity reached

    The United States is the worst-hit nation in the world by case count, with nearly 30 million infections so far, though new cases have been declining. As of Sunday, 15 percent of the US population has received at least one dose of a vaccine.

  • Ravi Shastri receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Ahmedabad Mar 02, 2021 11:28 AM IST

    Ravi Shastri receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Ahmedabad

    "Got the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Thank you to the amazing medical professionals & scientists for empowering India Flag of India against the pandemic, the former India cricketer tweeted.

  • Coronavirus daily update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts Mar 02, 2021 10:56 AM IST

    Coronavirus daily update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    India reported over 12,000 COVID-19 new cases on March 2. Active cases dip but above 1.68 lakh mark. Over 1.48 crore beneficiaries have been vaccinated till date.

  • In Pics | From Narayana Murthy to Uday Kotak; here's a list of people who received COVID-19 vaccine Mar 02, 2021 10:39 AM IST

    In Pics | From Narayana Murthy to Uday Kotak; here's a list of people who received COVID-19 vaccine

    India's COVID-19 vaccination drive was expanded on March 1 to include senior citizens, and those aged 45-59 who have co-mobordities.

  • COVID-19 vaccination: Nearly 25 lakh people register on Co-WIN portal on day 1 of mass rollout Mar 02, 2021 10:25 AM IST

    COVID-19 vaccination: Nearly 25 lakh people register on Co-WIN portal on day 1 of mass rollout

    Government has opened up COVID-19 vaccination for those over 60 years and within the age bracket of 45 to 59 years with specified comorbidities.

  • Coronavirus update: India records new 12,286 COVID-19 cases, 91 fatalities Mar 02, 2021 10:15 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India records new 12,286 COVID-19 cases, 91 fatalities

    The death toll increased to 1,57,248 with 91 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • Anthony Fauci says US must stick to two-shot strategy for Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines Mar 02, 2021 09:57 AM IST

    Anthony Fauci says US must stick to two-shot strategy for Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

    Fauci said that delaying a second dose to inoculate more Americans creates risks, the newspaper on Monday.

  • About 92% people who tried using Co-WIN portal faced difficulties: Survey Mar 02, 2021 09:53 AM IST

    About 92% people who tried using Co-WIN portal faced difficulties: Survey

    In a separate survey Local Circles said it also found that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking the jab, helped to reduce the vaccine hesitancy to 36 percent.

  • Locate nearby COVID-19 vaccination centres: MapMyIndia integrates with CoWin Mar 02, 2021 09:52 AM IST

    Locate nearby COVID-19 vaccination centres: MapMyIndia integrates with CoWin

    Any person falling in the eligibility criteria for the coronavirus vaccine can register on cowin.gov.in to register and book a slot for the vaccination shot.

  • Joe Biden urged to stop blocking of COVID-19 WTO waiver suggested by India and South Africa Mar 02, 2021 09:23 AM IST

    Joe Biden urged to stop blocking of COVID-19 WTO waiver suggested by India and South Africa

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) requires countries to provide lengthy monopoly protections for medicines, tests, and technologies used to produce them.

  • Air India cancels leaves of pilots on March 1, with immediate effect Mar 02, 2021 08:21 AM IST

    Air India cancels leaves of pilots on March 1, with immediate effect

    According to an internal communication, all leaves for cockpit crew stands withdrawn with an immediate effect.

  • "Premature," "unrealistic" COVID-19 will end soon: WHO Mar 02, 2021 08:19 AM IST

    "Premature," "unrealistic" COVID-19 will end soon: WHO

    The world's singular focus right now should be to keep transmission of COVID-19 as low as possible, said Dr. Michael Ryan, director of WHO's emergencies program.

  • SBI contributes Rs 11 crore to PM CARES fund to support COVID-19 vaccination drive Mar 02, 2021 08:13 AM IST

    SBI contributes Rs 11 crore to PM CARES fund to support COVID-19 vaccination drive

    The PM CARES Fund was set up in March 2020 to gather funds for relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine shipping to US, but new deliveries hinge on regulators Mar 02, 2021 07:45 AM IST

    Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine shipping to US, but new deliveries hinge on regulators

    The drugmaker expects to deliver another 16 million doses of the vaccine by the end of this month. But none is expected to go out next week.

  • Coronavirus News Highlights: India has recorded 113 COVID-19 deaths per million and conducted 1,57,684 tests per million population, says Govt Mar 02, 2021 07:17 AM IST

    Coronavirus News Highlights: India has recorded 113 COVID-19 deaths per million and conducted 1,57,684 tests per million population, says Govt

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Today is the 342nd day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • Coronavirus infections rise for first time in 7 weeks: WHO Mar 01, 2021 10:53 PM IST

    Coronavirus infections rise for first time in 7 weeks: WHO

    Tedros said the rise was 'disappointing but not surprising' and urged countries not to relax measures to fight the spread of the disease.

  • J&J CEO Alex Gorsky sees COVID-19 shots in American arms in 1-2 days as shipping starts Mar 01, 2021 10:25 PM IST

    J&J CEO Alex Gorsky sees COVID-19 shots in American arms in 1-2 days as shipping starts

    Gorsky said J&J was confident that its vaccine would have a 'robust response' against these emerging variants, based on its clinical trial in countries including South Africa and Brazil where worrisome variants were circulating.

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