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  • Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus Feb 26, 2021 01:40 PM IST

    Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

    Brazil surpassed 250,000 COVID-19 deaths, while France and Germany said COVID-19 is here to stay after European Union leaders discussed ways to fight new variants of the virus, step up inoculations and save Europe's tourism industry from another ruinous summer.

  • US achieves important milestone of administering 50 million COVID-19 vaccine shots Feb 26, 2021 11:47 AM IST

    US achieves important milestone of administering 50 million COVID-19 vaccine shots

    "But this is not the time to relax," Biden told his countrymen from the White House as the US reached the important milestone.

  • Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts Feb 26, 2021 10:48 AM IST

    Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    India reported over 16,000 COVID-19 new cases on February 26. Active cases have now crossed 1.55 lakh. Over 1.34 crore beneficiaries have been vaccinated till date.

  • Coronavirus update: India records 16,577 fresh infections, 120 deaths Feb 26, 2021 10:07 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India records 16,577 fresh infections, 120 deaths

    A total 16,577 infections were reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,56,825 with 120 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • US to launch massive effort to educate Americans about COVID-19 vaccines: Joe Biden Feb 26, 2021 10:07 AM IST

    US to launch massive effort to educate Americans about COVID-19 vaccines: Joe Biden

    "We're going to launch a massive campaign educating people about vaccines, that they are safe and effective," Biden said. "We're going to bring together leaders of all segments of our society to educate and encourage all Americans to get vaccinated."

  • US Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy says his first and foremost priority is to turn coronavirus pandemic around Feb 26, 2021 09:45 AM IST

    US Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy says his first and foremost priority is to turn coronavirus pandemic around

    During his confirmation hearing by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Thursday, Murthy, 43, said that Americans are struggling due to the pandemic.

  • India sent over 361 lakh anti-coronavirus vaccine doses to various countries: MEA Feb 26, 2021 08:37 AM IST

    India sent over 361 lakh anti-coronavirus vaccine doses to various countries: MEA

    MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the supply of vaccines to countries will continue in the coming weeks and months in a phased manner but it will be ensured that domestic requirements for the national vaccination programme are kept in mind.

  • Brazil signs vaccine deal with Bharat Biotech Feb 26, 2021 08:29 AM IST

    Brazil signs vaccine deal with Bharat Biotech

    The administration of President Jair Bolsonaro said the first 8 million Covaxin shots, which will be made by Brazilian company Precisa Medicamentos, will arrive in March. A second batch of another 8 million doses is expected for April and in May, another 4 million doses will be available.

  • US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations Feb 26, 2021 08:00 AM IST

    US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

    The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it's allowing the additional option after reviewing new data from New York-based Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech.

  • COVID-19 tally in Tamil Nadu crosses 8.50 lakh; adds 467 new cases, 5 fatalities Feb 25, 2021 10:30 PM IST

    COVID-19 tally in Tamil Nadu crosses 8.50 lakh; adds 467 new cases, 5 fatalities

    Chennai accounted for the maximum infections with 168, taking the total to 2,35,005 till date.

  • The Golden Age of Free Stuff Is Upon Us Feb 25, 2021 10:14 PM IST

    The Golden Age of Free Stuff Is Upon Us

    The bonanza of freebies has prompted New Yorkers to prowl the city every day, combing through trash as if they were panning for gold, even at the risk of carrying bedbugs home.

  • Maharashtra: After minister's show-of-strength, 19 test positive for coronavirus Feb 25, 2021 09:31 PM IST

    Maharashtra: After minister's show-of-strength, 19 test positive for coronavirus

    Rathod, who had not appeared in public for two weeks after his name was linked to the suspected suicide of a 23- year-old woman, visited the Poharadevi Jagadmaba temple with a large number of supporters on Tuesday.

  • Over 1.30 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India so far: Health Ministry Feb 25, 2021 09:15 PM IST

    Over 1.30 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India so far: Health Ministry

    From March 1, the COVID-19 vaccination will be extended to people aged 60 years and above and those aged above 45 years with comorbidities, Health Ministry stated.

  • Retail loans to remain most affected due to pandemic: Moody's Feb 25, 2021 08:03 PM IST

    Retail loans to remain most affected due to pandemic: Moody's

    Despite the pandemic challenges, asset quality at Indian banks has performed better than expected at the start of the outbreak, Moody's said.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Here is the list of states where COVID-19 negative test report is mandatory for entry Feb 25, 2021 07:44 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Here is the list of states where COVID-19 negative test report is mandatory for entry

    Travelling to other states? These states require you to carry negative COVID-19 test report for entry.

  • WHO urges actions for 'long COVID' sufferers Feb 25, 2021 06:38 PM IST

    WHO urges actions for 'long COVID' sufferers

    Dr Hans Kluge, the head of WHO Europe, says much about so-called long COVID remains unknown, but the burden is real, and it is significant.

  • Roping in private hospitals a positive step towards COVID vaccination drive: Apollo Hospitals Feb 25, 2021 04:00 PM IST

    Roping in private hospitals a positive step towards COVID vaccination drive: Apollo Hospitals

    "We have adequate vaccines and that is exactly why the government has opened this up to accelerate the pace of delivery of vaccine," said Sangita Reddy, Joint MD, Apollo Hospitals Group

  • UN vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain Feb 25, 2021 03:22 PM IST

    UN vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain

    COVAX is supposed to make deals to buy vaccines in bulk from drug companies and can also receive donated shots from rich countries. Poorer nations can receive free doses from the initiative — and wealthier ones can also buy from it, as a way of diversifying their supply.

  • How would COVID-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants? Feb 25, 2021 03:07 PM IST

    How would COVID-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants?

    Viruses constantly mutate as they spread, and most changes aren’t significant. First-generation COVID-19 vaccines appear to be working against today’s variants, but makers already are taking steps to update their recipes if health authorities decide that’s needed.

  • Magh Mela 2021: Hindu bathing festival draws thousands of devotees to rivers Feb 25, 2021 01:39 PM IST

    Magh Mela 2021: Hindu bathing festival draws thousands of devotees to rivers

    Millions of people have joined a 45-day Hindu bathing festival in the northern Indian city of Prayagraj, where devotees take a dip at Sangam, the sacred confluence of several rivers. There, they bathe on certain days considered to be auspicious in the belief that they will be cleansed of all sins.

  • USFDA begins inspections of Indian manufacturing sites deemed mission-critical Feb 25, 2021 12:37 PM IST

    USFDA begins inspections of Indian manufacturing sites deemed mission-critical

    Inspections of sites deemed to be mission critical for the US resumed last month. The American drug regulator’s India director Christopher Middendorf also said that the USFDA may grant approval without inspection if a drug belongs to an already approved profile and the manufacturer has a solid Good Manufacturing Practices record

  • 229 school hostel students test coronavirus positive in Maharashtra Feb 25, 2021 12:35 PM IST

    229 school hostel students test coronavirus positive in Maharashtra

    Four school staffers have also tested positive, the official said, adding the area has been declared a containment zone.

  • 19,600 received first dose of COVID vaccine in Mizoram so far Feb 25, 2021 11:36 AM IST

    19,600 received first dose of COVID vaccine in Mizoram so far

    The state's caseload stands at 4,413, of which 23 are active cases, while 4,380 people have recovered from the disease and 10 patients have succumbed to the infection so far.

  • Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts Feb 25, 2021 11:35 AM IST

    Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

    India reported over 16,000 COVID-19 new cases on February 25. Active cases rise above 1.51 lakh mark. Over 1.26 crore beneficiaries vaccinated till date.

  • Coronavirus update: India reports 16,738 new COVID-19 cases; highest since January 29 Feb 25, 2021 10:30 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India reports 16,738 new COVID-19 cases; highest since January 29

    More than half came from the western state of Maharashtra, India's richest and home to its financial capital of Mumbai, which reported a record high of 8,807 cases on Wednesday.

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