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  • China rolls out first one-jab COVID-19 vaccine: Report Feb 28, 2021 05:09 PM IST

    China rolls out first one-jab COVID-19 vaccine: Report

    People can get desirable protective effect after 14 days of inoculation.

  • Kumbh Mela: Penal action to be taken against violators of COVID-19 SOPs Feb 28, 2021 03:14 PM IST

    Kumbh Mela: Penal action to be taken against violators of COVID-19 SOPs

    Based on the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the SOP also makes it compulsory for devotees to bring a medical fitness certificate and an e-pass or e-permit issued to them after registering on the Kumbh Mela web portal, Chief Secretary Om Prakash said.

  • Companies 'feel betrayed' due to capping of COVID-19 vaccine price: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Feb 28, 2021 01:05 PM IST

    Companies 'feel betrayed' due to capping of COVID-19 vaccine price: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

    Reacting to a report that the health ministry has fixed Rs 250 per shot at private hospitals and health centres, she tweeted, "We r (sic) crushing instead of incentivising vaccine industry."

  • Pharma wrap | Will private sector entry help scale up COVID-19 vaccination? Feb 28, 2021 12:58 PM IST

    Pharma wrap | Will private sector entry help scale up COVID-19 vaccination?

    From March 1, citizens over the age of 60 and those who are above 45 with co-morbidities will be able to get inoculated against the coronavirus as the government launches Phase 2 of the vaccination drive.

  • India's total active COVID cases reach 1,64,511; six states show surge in cases Feb 28, 2021 12:48 PM IST

    India's total active COVID cases reach 1,64,511; six states show surge in cases

    A total of 16,752 new COVID-19 cases were registered in a span of 24 hours. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 8,623, followed by Kerala with 3,792 cases while Punjab reported 593 fresh COVID-19 cases.

  • 65% low, lower-middle income countries slashed education budgets after COVID-19 outbreak: World Bank report Feb 28, 2021 12:13 PM IST

    65% low, lower-middle income countries slashed education budgets after COVID-19 outbreak: World Bank report

    The report, compiled in collaboration with UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, said the current levels of government spending in low and lower-middle income countries fall short of those required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Coronavirus update: India records 16,752 fresh COVID-19 cases, biggest single-day jump in 30 days Feb 28, 2021 10:23 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India records 16,752 fresh COVID-19 cases, biggest single-day jump in 30 days

    The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,75,169, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.10 percent. The case fatality rate stands at 1.42 percent.

  • UK COVID-19 vaccine rollout expands to over-60s in latest phase Feb 28, 2021 10:03 AM IST

    UK COVID-19 vaccine rollout expands to over-60s in latest phase

    Almost 2 million people aged 60 to 63 will be invited after over 64s had been covered in the previous phase and letters will start arriving from Monday explaining how they can make an appointment for the jab.

  • More tests for COVID-19 needed, says WHO Chief Scientist Feb 28, 2021 08:49 AM IST

    More tests for COVID-19 needed, says WHO Chief Scientist

    "There is a lot of heterogeneity in response to testing between state to state and some states have done higher than the others," she said.

  • Delhi govt identifies private hospitals for COVID-19 vaccination of people above 60 years Feb 28, 2021 08:46 AM IST

    Delhi govt identifies private hospitals for COVID-19 vaccination of people above 60 years

    Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of COVID-19 vaccine, official sources said.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 2: List of comorbidities that allow people above 45 years to register on Co-WIN, get the jab Feb 28, 2021 08:35 AM IST

    COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 2: List of comorbidities that allow people above 45 years to register on Co-WIN, get the jab

    In phase 2 of the vaccination drive against COVID-19, the vaccine will be administered for free at government facilities and for a charge at a number of private hospitals. Eligible beneficiaries will have to register on Co-WIN platform

  • Global growth to be hit if IP norms not waived to deal with COVID-19: India Feb 28, 2021 08:35 AM IST

    Global growth to be hit if IP norms not waived to deal with COVID-19: India

    In October 2020, India and South Africa submitted a proposal suggesting a waiver for all WTO (World Trade Organization) members on the implementation, application and enforcement of certain provisions of the TRIPS Agreement in relation to the prevention, containment or treatment of COVID-19.

  • Johnson & Johnson's 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine Feb 28, 2021 08:01 AM IST

    Johnson & Johnson's 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

    Health experts are anxiously awaiting a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations, as they race against a virus that already has killed more than 510,000 people in the US and is mutating in increasingly worrisome ways.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 1.42 crore Indians vaccinated so far Feb 28, 2021 07:58 AM IST

    COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 1.42 crore Indians vaccinated so far

    The second dose of COVID-19 vaccination is being given to those who have completed 28 days after receiving the first dose.

  • Coronavirus News Highlights: Over 8,000 cases in Maharashtra for 5th day in row, Mumbai's single-day count crosses 1,000 Feb 28, 2021 07:16 AM IST

    Coronavirus News Highlights: Over 8,000 cases in Maharashtra for 5th day in row, Mumbai's single-day count crosses 1,000

    Coronavirus News Live Updates: Today is the 340th day since India implemented a nationwide lockdown to help curb the novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • Centre releases list of hospitals states can choose as COVID-19 vaccination centres Feb 27, 2021 09:13 PM IST

    Centre releases list of hospitals states can choose as COVID-19 vaccination centres

    Around 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under the Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY scheme and 600 facilities listed under CGHS can be picked by states as private vaccination centres.

  • COVID-19 Maharashtra Update: State records over 8,000 cases for 4th day in a row Feb 27, 2021 08:43 PM IST

    COVID-19 Maharashtra Update: State records over 8,000 cases for 4th day in a row

    According to the State Health Department, in the last 24 hours, there were 3,648 recoveries and 51 deaths.

  • Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of COVID-19 vaccine: Government Feb 27, 2021 07:40 PM IST

    Private hospitals can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of COVID-19 vaccine: Government

    The vaccine doses would be administered free of cost at the government-run Covid vaccination centres.

  • COVID-19: Centre asks states to focus on strict enforcement of guidelines and increase RT-PCR testing Feb 27, 2021 05:37 PM IST

    COVID-19: Centre asks states to focus on strict enforcement of guidelines and increase RT-PCR testing

    Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a high-level review meeting with chief secretaries of states and UTs of Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir.

  • COVID-19 Maharashtra Update: Lockdown extended in Amravati till March 8 Feb 27, 2021 05:14 PM IST

    COVID-19 Maharashtra Update: Lockdown extended in Amravati till March 8

    The lockdown was imposed on February 22, after the district emerged as one of the hotspots in Maharashtra in the fresh coronavirus wave.

  • Centre fixes COVID-19 vaccine price at Rs 250 per dose Feb 27, 2021 04:44 PM IST

    Centre fixes COVID-19 vaccine price at Rs 250 per dose

    The cost break-up is Rs 150 for a dose plus Rs 100 as a service charge which the private facilities can charge from the beneficiaries.

  • Amid slow vaccine deliveries, desperate EU nations hunt for more Feb 27, 2021 04:23 PM IST

    Amid slow vaccine deliveries, desperate EU nations hunt for more

    The European Commission has made it clear that EU countries should not be cutting separate deals with the same pharmaceutical companies that it has negotiated contracts with for the whole bloc.

  • Cabinet secretary to hold review meeting with 8 states, UTs showing rise in COVID-19 cases Feb 27, 2021 01:42 PM IST

    Cabinet secretary to hold review meeting with 8 states, UTs showing rise in COVID-19 cases

    The states showing a surge are Telangana, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal.

  • COVID-19 vaccination phase 2: Eligible beneficiaries, how to register, documents required and more Feb 27, 2021 12:11 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccination phase 2: Eligible beneficiaries, how to register, documents required and more

    India is ready for phase two of the vaccination drive in which everyone above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine from March 1 for free at government facilities.

  • Night curfew in 4 Gujarat cities gets another 15-day extension Feb 27, 2021 11:37 AM IST

    Night curfew in 4 Gujarat cities gets another 15-day extension

    The ongoing night curfew in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot, was to end on February 28.

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