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  • COVID-19 vaccine shortage in India will continue till July, says Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla May 03, 2021 02:11 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine shortage in India will continue till July, says Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla

    The Serum Institute has been maligned by politicians and critics over the vaccine shortages, Adar Poonawalla tells Financial Times. "I have been victimised very unfairly and wrongly."

  • Odisha formally launches third phase of COVID-19 vaccination for 18-44 age group May 03, 2021 02:00 PM IST

    Odisha formally launches third phase of COVID-19 vaccination for 18-44 age group

    The drive is underway at all government hospitals in the state capital. The third-phase of vaccination is taking place between 8 am and 1 pm, while those above 45 years will receive the shots from 3-6 pm, according to the schedule announced by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.

  • Delhi airport handled 25 flights carrying 300 tonnes of COVID relief cargo in last 5 days May 03, 2021 01:57 PM IST

    Delhi airport handled 25 flights carrying 300 tonnes of COVID relief cargo in last 5 days

    The airport has set up a 3,500 square metre dedicated logistics facility, called ''Jeevoday warehouse'', for interim storage and distribution of the relief materials, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said in a statement.

  • Fitness guru Luke Coutinho donates to Paytm’s COVID relief drive fund to meet oxygen crisis May 03, 2021 01:22 PM IST

    Fitness guru Luke Coutinho donates to Paytm’s COVID relief drive fund to meet oxygen crisis

    The celebrity nutritionist and holistic lifestyle coach, who specialises in Integrative Medicine, is offering free health and wellness programmes to families hit hard by the pandemic

  • Russia, facing lags, turns to China to produce Sputnik shots May 03, 2021 12:39 PM IST

    Russia, facing lags, turns to China to produce Sputnik shots

    Russia has announced three deals totaling 260 million doses with Chinese vaccine companies in recent weeks. It’s a decision that could mean quicker access to a shot for countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa that have ordered Russia’s vaccine, as the U.S. and the European Union focus mainly on domestic vaccination needs.

  • Supreme Court refuses to ban media from reporting oral observations of judges May 03, 2021 12:29 PM IST

    Supreme Court refuses to ban media from reporting oral observations of judges

    "The unfolding of the debate in the court of law is equally important and the media has a duty to report. It's not just our judgments that are significant," says Justice DY Chandrachud. A bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah said that the reporting of the court discussion brings more accountability.

  • Pfizer in talks with govt to expedite vaccine delivery, donates $70 million worth COVID-19 drugs to India May 03, 2021 12:19 PM IST

    Pfizer in talks with govt to expedite vaccine delivery, donates $70 million worth COVID-19 drugs to India

    Last month, the pharmaceutical major had offered a not-for-profit price for its COVID-19 vaccine for the Indian government's immunisation programme.

  • IPL 2021 | KKR vs RCB match rescheduled after two players test positive for COVID-19 May 03, 2021 12:08 PM IST

    IPL 2021 | KKR vs RCB match rescheduled after two players test positive for COVID-19

    IPL 2021: The KKR vs RCB match was rescheduled after Kolkata Knight Riders' Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Australia's India policy on travel criticised, called 'racist' May 03, 2021 12:06 PM IST

    Australia's India policy on travel criticised, called 'racist'

    Australian residents and citizens who have been in India within 14 days of the date they plan to return home will be banned from entering Australia. Those who disobey could face fines and jail terms, the Australian government said.

  • COVID-19 2nd wave | Haryana lockdown starts today: What is allowed, what is not May 03, 2021 11:40 AM IST

    COVID-19 2nd wave | Haryana lockdown starts today: What is allowed, what is not

    Let’s have a look at what is allowed and what is not as Haryana goes for a lockdown from May 3.

  • Natco gets CDSCO nod for emergency use of Baricitinib tablets for COVID-19 treatment May 03, 2021 11:19 AM IST

    Natco gets CDSCO nod for emergency use of Baricitinib tablets for COVID-19 treatment

    CDSCO is responsible for approval of drugs, conduct of clinical trials, laying down the standards for drugs, control over the quality of imported drugs in the country and coordination of the activities of state drug control organisations.

  • In charts | India's COVID-19 case count, state-wise trends, vaccination data and other key details May 03, 2021 11:14 AM IST

    In charts | India's COVID-19 case count, state-wise trends, vaccination data and other key details

    India reported more than 3.68 lakh COVID-19 new cases, according to the May 3 update. Active cases rose to 34.13 lakh mark. Over 15.71 crore vaccinations administered till date.

  • COVID-19 vaccination for people above 18 begins in Delhi May 03, 2021 10:15 AM IST

    COVID-19 vaccination for people above 18 begins in Delhi

    The government set up the vaccination centres at schools to accommodate the large number of beneficiaries, he added.

  • Coronavirus update: India records 3,68,147 new cases in single day May 03, 2021 10:05 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India records 3,68,147 new cases in single day

    The death toll increased to 2,18,959 with 3,417 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • COVID-19 vaccine shortage continues in Mumbai; only those in 18-44 age group to get jabbed today May 03, 2021 09:58 AM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine shortage continues in Mumbai; only those in 18-44 age group to get jabbed today

    COVID-19 vaccination of people above 45 years will not be conducted on May 3 due to the shortage of doses, BMC said

  • COVID-19 2nd wave: CII, President Uday Kotak suggest nationwide lockdown May 03, 2021 09:55 AM IST

    COVID-19 2nd wave: CII, President Uday Kotak suggest nationwide lockdown

    Such a move, he says, is necessary to reduce suffering. Though healthcare workers are putting in their best efforts to tackle the crisis, it might not be enough to manage the escalating caseloads with the medical talent available, he says. CII also lists a number of other suggestions.

  • COVID-19: SC directs Centre to prepare buffer stock of oxygen for use in emergencies May 03, 2021 09:54 AM IST

    COVID-19: SC directs Centre to prepare buffer stock of oxygen for use in emergencies

    A three-judge bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud said the emergency stocks shall be created within the next four days and replenished on a day-to-day basis, in addition to the existing allocation of medical oxygen supply to the states.

  • Nationwide lockdown again? Centre's COVID-19 Task Force 'pushing hard' for it: Report May 03, 2021 09:44 AM IST

    Nationwide lockdown again? Centre's COVID-19 Task Force 'pushing hard' for it: Report

    Several states have already imposed some form of lockdown that prohibits gatherings in shopping malls, gyms, cinema halls.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 12 lakh people in India get jabbed on May 2, more than 15.7 crore shots administered so far May 03, 2021 09:33 AM IST

    COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker: Over 12 lakh people in India get jabbed on May 2, more than 15.7 crore shots administered so far

    Everyone above 18 years of age is now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Registration for the newly eligible population groups commenced on April 28. Potential beneficiaries can either register directly on CoWIN portal or through the Aarogya Setu app.

  • Indian-origin billionaire businessman Vinod Khosla pledges $10 million for oxygen supply in India May 03, 2021 09:29 AM IST

    Indian-origin billionaire businessman Vinod Khosla pledges $10 million for oxygen supply in India

    Taking to Twitter, the 66-year-old venture capitalist said that there was a need to save lives as further delay may end up in more deaths.

  • Punjab: Partial lockdown imposed till May 15, COVID-19 test must to enter state ― all you need to know May 03, 2021 09:18 AM IST

    Punjab: Partial lockdown imposed till May 15, COVID-19 test must to enter state ― all you need to know

    All four-wheeler passenger vehicles, including cars and taxis, will not be allowed to seat more than two passengers in Punjab.

  • Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala writes to Nirmala Sitharaman for GST exemption on oxygen concentrators May 03, 2021 08:58 AM IST

    Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala writes to Nirmala Sitharaman for GST exemption on oxygen concentrators

    In his letter, the Jannayak Janta Party leader, whose party is a coalition partner of the BJP in Haryana, conveyed his gratitude to the Government of India for slashing the Integrated GST rate on oxygen concentrators for personal use to 12 per cent, from 28 per cent earlier, for two months.

  • Britain to send 1,000 more ventilators to India May 03, 2021 08:28 AM IST

    Britain to send 1,000 more ventilators to India

    India has reported more than 300,000 daily cases for more than 10 days straight, leaving hospitals, morgues and crematoriums overwhelmed.

  • Coronavirus India News Highlights: No shortage of oxygen in the country, use it judiciously, says govt May 03, 2021 07:42 AM IST

    Coronavirus India News Highlights: No shortage of oxygen in the country, use it judiciously, says govt

    Coronavirus News Highlights: In the last 24 hours, India reported 3,68,147 COVID-19 cases.

  • DAILY VOICE | If COVID situation prolongs, Nifty FY22 EPS growth may fall short: Deepak Jasani of HDFC Securities May 03, 2021 07:34 AM IST

    DAILY VOICE | If COVID situation prolongs, Nifty FY22 EPS growth may fall short: Deepak Jasani of HDFC Securities

    If the COVID issue gets resolved by say mid-May, then we can still make up for the shortfall in the economic output. However, if this extends beyond May-end, there could be renewed fears on the economy and asset quality front, said Jasani.

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