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  • Of synergy, inclusion and political messaging: Decoding PM Narendra Modi’s mid-term Cabinet overhaul Jul 08, 2021 09:47 AM IST

    Of synergy, inclusion and political messaging: Decoding PM Narendra Modi’s mid-term Cabinet overhaul

    It's the ultimate trapeze act, striking to strike a balance between politics and governance. There is more representation to socially and economically backward communities with preference for ministers with upgraded skill sets; the exercise keeps in mind the assembly polls scheduled next year, alliance arithmetic, caste and regional factors

  • Harsh Vardhan slams Rahul Gandhi, says no vaccine for virus of ignorance Jul 02, 2021 02:47 PM IST

    Harsh Vardhan slams Rahul Gandhi, says no vaccine for virus of ignorance

    "Just yesterday, I put out facts on vaccine availability for the month of July. What is @RahulGandhi Ji's problem ?Does he not read ? Does he not understand ? There is no vaccine for the virus of arrogance and ignorance !! @INCIndia must think of a leadership overhaul !," Vardhan tweeted.

  • India believes there is urgent need for major reforms in WHO: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Jun 30, 2021 07:02 PM IST

    India believes there is urgent need for major reforms in WHO: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    Speaking at a meeting of the health ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries through video-conference, he said the global crisis arising out of COVID-19 pandemic is further compounded by ever-evolving new variants of the virus, and highlighted the need for greater collaboration between countries on various aspects of health to defeat it, a Health Ministry statement said.

  • 40,845 cases of black fungus reported in India so far, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Jun 28, 2021 05:38 PM IST

    40,845 cases of black fungus reported in India so far, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    Harsh Vardhan, who chaired the 29th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19, apprised the members that of the total numbers, 34,940 patients had Covid (85.5 percent), 26,187 (about 64.11 percent) were co-morbid for diabetes, while 21,523 (52.69 percent) of those infected were on steroids.

  • Ramdev withdraws remarks against allopathy after Harsh Vardhan's rebuke May 23, 2021 11:02 PM IST

    Ramdev withdraws remarks against allopathy after Harsh Vardhan's rebuke

    Ramdev has drawn flak for his description of allopathy as "stupid" and "diwaliya" (bankrupt). Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, in a strongly worded letter addressed to him, marked his disapproval.

  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asks Ramdev to 'withdraw objectionable remarks' against allopathy May 23, 2021 06:48 PM IST

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asks Ramdev to 'withdraw objectionable remarks' against allopathy

    At a time when allopathic doctors have succeeded in saving scores of lives, "your description of allopathy as 'tamasha' (drama), 'bekar' (useless) and 'diwaliya' (bankrupt) is disappointing", Harsh Vardhan stated in his letter addressed to Ramdev.

  • India to procure 216 crore vaccine doses, vaccinate everyone above 18 by 2021-end: Harsh Vardhan May 22, 2021 11:41 AM IST

    India to procure 216 crore vaccine doses, vaccinate everyone above 18 by 2021-end: Harsh Vardhan

    Dr Harsh Vardhan also requested the states and UTs to be vigilant against the wastage of jabs, the statement said.

  • India's COVID-19 deaths may touch 1 million by August, govt would be responsible for 'self-inflicted national catastrophe': Lancet May 08, 2021 07:36 PM IST

    India's COVID-19 deaths may touch 1 million by August, govt would be responsible for 'self-inflicted national catastrophe': Lancet

    "Modi's actions in attempting to stifle criticism and open discussion during the crisis are inexcusable," the journal stated.

  • Over 9 lakh patients on oxygen support across India, 1.7 lakh on ventilator: Harsh Vardhan May 08, 2021 06:48 PM IST

    Over 9 lakh patients on oxygen support across India, 1.7 lakh on ventilator: Harsh Vardhan

    In his virtual address at the 25th meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to discuss the pandemic situation, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that 1.34 percent of COVID caseload was in ICU, 0.39 percent of cases were on ventilators and 3.70 percent COVID patients were on oxygen support.

  • India focusing on procuring oxygen-related equipment to deal with COVID: Harsh Vardhan Shringla Apr 29, 2021 02:20 PM IST

    India focusing on procuring oxygen-related equipment to deal with COVID: Harsh Vardhan Shringla

    Shringla also said that India is looking at procuring 400,000 units of Remdesivir medicine from Egypt besides exploring to get it from countries like the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan.

  • India better prepared this year to beat COVID-19 compared to 2020: Harsh Vardhan Apr 27, 2021 06:56 PM IST

    India better prepared this year to beat COVID-19 compared to 2020: Harsh Vardhan

    Health Minister also said that in 2021, the country is better prepared mentally and physically with more experience to beat the pandemic as compared to last year.

  • COVID-19 disrupted food security for millions; will likely reverse progress on ending hunger by 2030: Dr Harsh Vardhan Apr 20, 2021 12:04 PM IST

    COVID-19 disrupted food security for millions; will likely reverse progress on ending hunger by 2030: Dr Harsh Vardhan

    Addressing the 54th Commission on Population and Development on the theme ‘Population, food security, nutrition and sustainable development’ here on Monday, he said that the Government of India accords the highest priority to food security and nutrition as evidenced by the various national legal instruments and schemes over the last few years.

  • COVID-19 vaccination for all begins on May 1, registration starts from April 28 — here is all you need to know Apr 19, 2021 08:03 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccination for all begins on May 1, registration starts from April 28 — here is all you need to know

    States can now directly procure additional vaccine doses from the manufacturers and open up COVID-19 vaccination for any person aged above 18 years.

  • Shall be kinder if your offer of ‘constructive cooperation’ was followed by other Congress leaders: Harsh Vardhan replies to Manmohan Singh's letter over COVID-19 Apr 19, 2021 01:49 PM IST

    Shall be kinder if your offer of ‘constructive cooperation’ was followed by other Congress leaders: Harsh Vardhan replies to Manmohan Singh's letter over COVID-19

    The former Prime Minister wrote a letter to his successor on April 18, suggesting five measures to battle the COVID-19 crisis, including ramping up vaccination and boosting the supply of medicines.

  • Explained | Here’s what the government is doing to supply oxygen across hospitals in the country Apr 16, 2021 03:47 PM IST

    Explained | Here’s what the government is doing to supply oxygen across hospitals in the country

    PM suggests increasing oxygen production, using surplus stocks in steel plants; 100 hospitals with PSA plants for manufacturing nutrient identified; 162 sanctioned under PM-Cares; permit-free movement of tankers cleared

  • COVID-19 Update | 6 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses sent to 76 nations, 4.5 crore doses administered in India: Harsh Vardhan Mar 21, 2021 05:31 PM IST

    COVID-19 Update | 6 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses sent to 76 nations, 4.5 crore doses administered in India: Harsh Vardhan

    In a major boost to entrepreneurship in life sciences, Vardhan, the Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, inaugurated IMTECH Bio-Innovation Centre which is an extension of the Atal Incubation Centre (AIC)-CCMB, Hyderabad.

  • COVID-19 vaccination drive to be extended in coming days: Harsh Vardhan Mar 19, 2021 06:23 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccination drive to be extended in coming days: Harsh Vardhan

    During the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, Harsh Vardhan said India has vaccinated 3.5 to 4 crore people so far and side effects of the vaccines has been recorded at 0.000432 percent.

  • Analysis shows children between 0-14 years less affected by COVID-19, says Health Ministry Mar 19, 2021 04:17 PM IST

    Analysis shows children between 0-14 years less affected by COVID-19, says Health Ministry

    Very rarely a severe illness, in form of multi-system inflammatory syndrome, has been identified, Harsh Vardhan said, adding this happens usually three to six weeks after the infection.

  • Having COVID-19 vaccine does not mean we should be complacent: Harsh Vardhan Feb 08, 2021 06:20 PM IST

    Having COVID-19 vaccine does not mean we should be complacent: Harsh Vardhan

    Speaking on the COVID-19 situation, Harsh Vardhan said India has one of the highest recovery rates in the world.

  • 965 earthquakes with magnitude 3 & above in 2020: Govt Feb 05, 2021 10:13 PM IST

    965 earthquakes with magnitude 3 & above in 2020: Govt

    Vardhan said the National Center for Seismology (NCS), under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, maintained a nationwide seismological network, comprising 115 seismic stations, to monitor the earthquake activity in and around the country.

  • 3rd phase of COVID-19 vaccination covering people aged above 50 likely to begin in March: Govt Feb 05, 2021 07:28 PM IST

    3rd phase of COVID-19 vaccination covering people aged above 50 likely to begin in March: Govt

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan added that the vaccination drive for frontline workers has begun this week.

  • Health minister Harsh Vardhan assures people on safety, efficacy of COVID vaccines Jan 21, 2021 04:09 PM IST

    Health minister Harsh Vardhan assures people on safety, efficacy of COVID vaccines

    Vardhan reminded everyone of the achievements of India, the second-most populous country in the world, which is seeing a steady decline in the number of active coronavirus cases.

  • COVID-19 impact | Nationwide oral polio drive for January 17 put off amid coronavirus vaccine roll-out Jan 12, 2021 03:59 PM IST

    COVID-19 impact | Nationwide oral polio drive for January 17 put off amid coronavirus vaccine roll-out

    The Kerala government on Tuesday issued a circular to its health workers stating that the polio programme was put off at the instruction of the Health Ministry.

  • Second dry run of COVID inoculation conducted, Vardhan says vaccines to be made available in next few days Jan 08, 2021 11:07 PM IST

    Second dry run of COVID inoculation conducted, Vardhan says vaccines to be made available in next few days

    The health ministry said the objective of the mock drill was to simulate the actual vaccine administration event.

  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviews preparedness for second COVID-19 vaccination dry run Jan 07, 2021 03:20 PM IST

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviews preparedness for second COVID-19 vaccination dry run

    India's drug regulator has granted restricted emergency use approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield and the indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech.

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