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  • Kerala govt urges Centre to release more COVID-19 vaccine doses Feb 21, 2021 12:02 PM IST

    Kerala govt urges Centre to release more COVID-19 vaccine doses

    State Health Minister K K Shailaja shot off a letter to her counterpart at the Centre, Harsh Vardhan in this regard. Though most of the health workers in the southern state registered within the stipulated time, a few of them could not, she stated in the letter adding that they should be given a chance to register again.

  • Genetic variant inherited from Neanderthals lowers risk of severe COVID-19: Report Feb 21, 2021 11:07 AM IST

    Genetic variant inherited from Neanderthals lowers risk of severe COVID-19: Report

    A Neandertal haplotype on chromosome 12 protects from a severe disease in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, according to a research article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Pharma wrap: Why India should consider extension of interval between two doses of Covishield vaccine Feb 21, 2021 10:54 AM IST

    Pharma wrap: Why India should consider extension of interval between two doses of Covishield vaccine

    "In exploratory analyses, a single standard dose of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 had an efficacy of 76 percent against symptomatic COVD-19 in the first 90 days after vaccination, with no significant waning of protection during this period," Lancet study said.

  • Malaysia to start COVID-19 vaccination drive early as first doses arrive Feb 21, 2021 10:24 AM IST

    Malaysia to start COVID-19 vaccination drive early as first doses arrive

    Malaysia aims to vaccinate at least 80% of its 32 million people within a year as it pushes to revive an economy that, slammed by coronavirus-related curbs, recorded its worst slump in over two decades in 2020.

  • Coronavirus update: India records 14,264 new cases; recovery rate at 97.25% Feb 21, 2021 10:11 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India records 14,264 new cases; recovery rate at 97.25%

    The death toll increased to 1,56,302 with 90 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • UN chief Antonio Guterres voices appreciation for India's leadership in fight against COVID-19, vaccine assistance Feb 21, 2021 09:58 AM IST

    UN chief Antonio Guterres voices appreciation for India's leadership in fight against COVID-19, vaccine assistance

    India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti tweeted on Saturday that Guterres, in a letter dated February 17, extends his personal gratitude to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for India's offer of 200,000 doses" of COVID-19 vaccines for UN peacekeepers.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 1.86 lakh people receive coronavirus vaccine on February 20 Feb 21, 2021 08:37 AM IST

    COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 1.86 lakh people receive coronavirus vaccine on February 20

    Over 1.08 crore people have been so far given the COVID-19 vaccine in India. The second dose of COVID-19 vaccination started from the day for those beneficiaries who have completed 28 days after receipt of the first dose.

  • COVID-19: 37,000 vaccinated in Maharashtra on February 21, tally nears 9 lakh Feb 21, 2021 08:23 AM IST

    COVID-19: 37,000 vaccinated in Maharashtra on February 21, tally nears 9 lakh

    Of the 37,030 who got the vaccine shots, 24,534 received the first dose while 12,496 got the second one, he added.

  • Pfizer vaccine 95.8% effective against COVID-19: Israel Health Ministry Feb 21, 2021 08:10 AM IST

    Pfizer vaccine 95.8% effective against COVID-19: Israel Health Ministry

    The risk of illness from COVID-19 dropped 95.8 percent among people who received both shots of Pfizer's vaccine, Israel Health Ministry said.

  • COVID: Over 2.8 lakh people vaccinated till date in Delhi, 1.53 lakh of them frontline workers Feb 21, 2021 08:00 AM IST

    COVID: Over 2.8 lakh people vaccinated till date in Delhi, 1.53 lakh of them frontline workers

    On Saturday, coronavirus vaccine shots were administered to over 26,000 beneficiaries in Delhi, the inoculation figures crossing the 24,000-mark for the third consecutive day.

  • Kuwait bans entry for non-Kuwaiti citizens until further notice: Civil Aviation Authority Feb 21, 2021 07:28 AM IST

    Kuwait bans entry for non-Kuwaiti citizens until further notice: Civil Aviation Authority

    Citizens are still allowed to enter but they must spend a week in quarantine at a hotel and another week at home.

  • Britain to offer all adults a COVID-19 vaccine by end of July Feb 21, 2021 07:28 AM IST

    Britain to offer all adults a COVID-19 vaccine by end of July

    Johnson will set out a roadmap to ease England's third national lockdown on Monday, having met a target to vaccinate 15 million Britons from higher-risk categories by mid-February.

  • COVID-19 | Achieving herd immunity difficult, new strains could cause reinfection: AIIMS chief Feb 20, 2021 10:53 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Achieving herd immunity difficult, new strains could cause reinfection: AIIMS chief

    The mutated version of coronavirus could 'escape' through the immune system developed by the body. In such a scenario, maintaining COVID-19-approporiate behaviour is of utmost necessity to reduce the pace of transmission, said Dr Randeep Guleria.

  • Maharashtra reports 6,281 new COVID-19 cases; Mumbai, Amravati major contributors Feb 20, 2021 09:38 PM IST

    Maharashtra reports 6,281 new COVID-19 cases; Mumbai, Amravati major contributors

    Mumbai division, which includes Mumbai as well as neighbouring satellite towns, reported 1,582 new cases, taking the caseload of the region to 7,12,007.

  • Follow COVID-19 rules or face lockdown: Mumbai Mayor warns citizens again Feb 20, 2021 09:04 PM IST

    Follow COVID-19 rules or face lockdown: Mumbai Mayor warns citizens again

    The warning comes as Maharashtra reported over 6,000 coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day.

  • COVID-19 Mumbai update: BMC seals over 1,300 buildings as coronavirus cases spike Feb 20, 2021 06:26 PM IST

    COVID-19 Mumbai update: BMC seals over 1,300 buildings as coronavirus cases spike

    BMC had recently tightened the COVID rules in the city warning those who do not follow them of prosecution.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination: Over 200 million vaccine doses administered globally Feb 20, 2021 04:31 PM IST

    COVID-19 Vaccination: Over 200 million vaccine doses administered globally

    45% of the injections took places in countries belonging to the wealthy G7 club.

  • COVID-19: Mumbai Police collects fine worth Rs 31 crore from mask violators Feb 20, 2021 03:56 PM IST

    COVID-19: Mumbai Police collects fine worth Rs 31 crore from mask violators

    On February 19 itself, the police collected Rs 27,18,000 from 13,592 people.

  • After a dry spell, FY22 may become one of the best years for India film industry Feb 20, 2021 03:39 PM IST

    After a dry spell, FY22 may become one of the best years for India film industry

    Theatrical release of around 17 Bollywood films has been announced so far, including big ventures like Ranveer Singh's 83 and Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom, Ranbir Kapoor's Shamshera, and Ajay Devgn's Maidaan.

  • COVID-19 could give momentum to Indian healthcare industry: HUL CMD Sanjiv Mehta Feb 20, 2021 03:27 PM IST

    COVID-19 could give momentum to Indian healthcare industry: HUL CMD Sanjiv Mehta

    Making a case for restarting manufacturing of APIs Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients), Mehta said this would not only help India become the “affordable healthcare capital of the world” but would also be a massive growth engine for the country.

  • All judges of Delhi HC to hold physical court hearings from March 15 Feb 20, 2021 03:23 PM IST

    All judges of Delhi HC to hold physical court hearings from March 15

    The office order issued by Registrar General Manoj Jain said, "The Full Court has been pleased to order that the existing system of hearing the matters in this court shall continue up to March 12, 2021.

  • Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and MP witnessing upsurge in COVID-19 cases: Health Ministry Feb 20, 2021 02:10 PM IST

    Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and MP witnessing upsurge in COVID-19 cases: Health Ministry

    In a statement, the ministry said in the last seven days, Chhattisgarh has also seen a rise in daily active new cases. In the last 24 hours, 259 daily new cases have been reported, it said.

  • Russia approves its third COVID-19 vaccine: PM Mikhail Mishustin Feb 20, 2021 01:11 PM IST

    Russia approves its third COVID-19 vaccine: PM Mikhail Mishustin

    Russia has already approved two COVID-19 vaccines, including the Sputnik V shot, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, following a similar approach of granting approval before seeing any late-stage trial results.

  • COVID-19: Maharashtra to test more samples for mutation as coronavirus cases rise rapidly Feb 20, 2021 01:04 PM IST

    COVID-19: Maharashtra to test more samples for mutation as coronavirus cases rise rapidly

    As many as 6,112 fresh cases were reported in Maharashtra on February 19, most of them coming from Akola, Pune and Mumbai divisions.

  • Joe Biden believes US will be approaching normalcy by end of this year Feb 20, 2021 12:15 PM IST

    Joe Biden believes US will be approaching normalcy by end of this year

    Biden on Friday toured a manufacturing facility of Pfizer in Kalamazoo, Michigan, seeking to highlight efforts to mass produce a coronavirus vaccine as his administration looks for ways to increase supply and streamline distribution.

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