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  • COVID-19 vaccine free for most prioritised beneficiaries in first phase: Union Health Minister Jan 02, 2021 01:24 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine free for most prioritised beneficiaries in first phase: Union Health Minister

    Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the vaccine against COVID-19 will be provided free of cost to most prioritised beneficiaries in the first phase of the vaccination exercise.

  • PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate IISF 2020 Dec 21, 2020 05:01 PM IST

    PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate IISF 2020

    The theme of the IISF 2020 is 'Science for Self-Reliant India and Global Welfare'.

  • Govt alert, no need to panic: Harsh Vardhan on new coronavirus strain in UK Dec 21, 2020 01:30 PM IST

    Govt alert, no need to panic: Harsh Vardhan on new coronavirus strain in UK

    Harsh Vardhan said the government had done everything that was important to handle the COVID-19 situation in the last one year.

  • India reviewing Pfizer’s emergency use application, detailed plans in place for vaccination programme: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Dec 21, 2020 11:00 AM IST

    India reviewing Pfizer’s emergency use application, detailed plans in place for vaccination programme: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    Emphasising “atmanirbharta” or self-reliance, the minister said India’s focus is on developing an indigenous vaccine, adding that our vaccine manufacturing capacities “are not less than anyone.”

  • Govt reserves 5 MBBS seats under central pool for children of COVID-19 warriors Nov 19, 2020 04:22 PM IST

    Govt reserves 5 MBBS seats under central pool for children of COVID-19 warriors

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the move aims to dignify and honour the noble contribution made by COVID-19 warriors who have lost their lives due to the infection or died accidently on account of COVID-19-related duty.

  • COVID vaccine: India should get 500 million doses by July 2021 to vaccinate 25-30 crore people, says Harsh Vardhan Nov 19, 2020 02:36 PM IST

    COVID vaccine: India should get 500 million doses by July 2021 to vaccinate 25-30 crore people, says Harsh Vardhan

    Harsh Vardhan said the government will prioritise vaccination based on age and medical condition.

  • COVID-19 has diverted scientific attention from killer diseases such as TB, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Nov 19, 2020 10:58 AM IST

    COVID-19 has diverted scientific attention from killer diseases such as TB, says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    Harsh Vardhan said COVID-19 has turned the clock back by many years, if not decades, in the fight against infectious diseases

  • COVID pandemic has made world aware of consequences of ignoring health systems: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan Nov 16, 2020 08:29 PM IST

    COVID pandemic has made world aware of consequences of ignoring health systems: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan

    Vardhan also offered his condolences to those families across the world who have lost their near and dear ones to this deadly disease and saluted doctors and healthcare workers who had been working relentlessly in rendering selfless services to fight COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 pandemic | Amit Shah says RTPCR capacity to be doubled in Delhi, along with an additional 300 ICU beds Nov 15, 2020 06:34 PM IST

    COVID-19 pandemic | Amit Shah says RTPCR capacity to be doubled in Delhi, along with an additional 300 ICU beds

    Delhi recorded 3,235 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to over 4.85 lakh on Sunday, while ninety-five more fatalities pushed the death toll to 7,614.

  • India has initiated an integrated response against COVID-19 pandemic: Harsh Vardhan Nov 14, 2020 06:01 PM IST

    India has initiated an integrated response against COVID-19 pandemic: Harsh Vardhan

    Speaking at the 8th BRICS STI Ministerial Meeting held on Friday, Vardhan said India is also hosting clinical trials for all the major vaccines, and about 20 vaccines are in different stages of development.

  • Next 3 months decisive in determining India's COVID-19 trajectory: Harsh Vardhan Oct 23, 2020 08:16 PM IST

    Next 3 months decisive in determining India's COVID-19 trajectory: Harsh Vardhan

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also highlighted that the number of active COVID-19 cases in the country are less than 7 lakh and the doubling rate has increased to 97.2 days.

  • Harsh Vardhan's comments should not be taken as criticism of Kerala's COVID-19 management: CM Pinarayi Vijayan Oct 20, 2020 07:57 AM IST

    Harsh Vardhan's comments should not be taken as criticism of Kerala's COVID-19 management: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

    With Kerala witnessing a spurt in infections recently, Harsh Vardhan said the state was "paying the price for gross negligence” during Onam festivities when unlocking of services along with an increase in travel for trade and tourism led to the spread of COVID-19.

  • COVID-19: Govt to import 1 lakh MT of medical oxygen to meet any shortage during winters Oct 14, 2020 05:41 PM IST

    COVID-19: Govt to import 1 lakh MT of medical oxygen to meet any shortage during winters

    The oxygen is being procured for various central and state government hospitals.

  • Harsh Vardhan stresses on COVID-19-appropriate behaviour during festival season, winter months Oct 13, 2020 04:47 PM IST

    Harsh Vardhan stresses on COVID-19-appropriate behaviour during festival season, winter months

    With 62,27,295 recovered cases, India has the highest recovery rate of 86.78 percent in the world.

  • COVID-19 vaccine update: Centre plans to vaccinate 20-25 crore Indians by July 2021 Oct 04, 2020 04:36 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine update: Centre plans to vaccinate 20-25 crore Indians by July 2021

    The doses are being procured by the government and will be enough to inoculate about 25 crore of India's 130 crore population. Priority will be given to frontline health-care workers, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said.

  • ESIC issues guidelines for COVID-19 safety measures at workplace Sep 29, 2020 08:46 PM IST

    ESIC issues guidelines for COVID-19 safety measures at workplace

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar jointly released the safe workplace guidelines for industry & establishments to combat the pandemic, a labour ministry statement said.

  • No significant mutation of coronavirus in India: Harsh Vardhan Sep 20, 2020 07:23 PM IST

    No significant mutation of coronavirus in India: Harsh Vardhan

    Replying to queries during the 'Sunday Samvad' platform, Harsh Vardhan further said enough oxygen is being produced in the country and the health ministry is closely monitoring the situation.

  • Coronavirus vaccine India update | Nearly 30 candidates under development, 3 in advanced stages: Harsh Vardhan Sep 19, 2020 11:59 AM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine India update | Nearly 30 candidates under development, 3 in advanced stages: Harsh Vardhan

    Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said if the advanced clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine succeed, then the vaccine is likely to be available by the end of the first quarter of 2021.

  • Parliament nod to Bill for giving 'national importance' tag to Gujarat Ayurveda institutes Sep 16, 2020 12:00 PM IST

    Parliament nod to Bill for giving 'national importance' tag to Gujarat Ayurveda institutes

    Lok Sabha has already approved the bill in the last session, in which three Jamnagar, Gujarat-based institutes -- Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gulabkunwerba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya and Institute of Ayurveda Pharmaceutical Sciences --would be conglomerated.

  • Lockdown prevented 14-29 Lakh cases and 37k-78k deaths, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says Sep 14, 2020 03:28 PM IST

    Lockdown prevented 14-29 Lakh cases and 37k-78k deaths, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan says

    India recorded 3,328 cases per million and 55 deaths per million population, which the minister said was the lowest in the world among similarly-affected countries.

  • Harsh Vardhan stresses on investment in health with special focus on rural areas Sep 09, 2020 06:09 PM IST

    Harsh Vardhan stresses on investment in health with special focus on rural areas

    Representing India at the 73rd session of WHO South East Asia Region, he highlighted the giant strides the country made under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protect the lives and livelihood of its citizens from the pandemic.

  • Hope for 'very significant control' over COVID-19 by Diwali: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Aug 30, 2020 10:56 PM IST

    Hope for 'very significant control' over COVID-19 by Diwali: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    Union Minister Harsh Vardhan also expressed hope about having a vaccine against COVID-19 by the end of 2020.

  • Strong immunity key for fighting COVID-19: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Aug 19, 2020 07:15 PM IST

    Strong immunity key for fighting COVID-19: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

    Speaking at the virtual launch of the 'Eat Right India Challenge' initiative by food safety regulator FSSAI, the Minister said a strong immune system is not only important for fighting coronavirus but also diseases like tuberculosis.

  • COVID-19 has given chance to structurally re-imagine public health infrastructure: Harsh Vardhan Aug 17, 2020 07:55 PM IST

    COVID-19 has given chance to structurally re-imagine public health infrastructure: Harsh Vardhan

    Speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Public Health Conference virtually, Vardhan expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal of a tuberculosis-free India by 2025 would be achieved with the help of industry leaders and the CII.

  • National Digital Health Mission rolled out on pilot mode in 6 union territories Aug 15, 2020 09:15 PM IST

    National Digital Health Mission rolled out on pilot mode in 6 union territories

    The six union territories where the mission was rolled out through a pilot launch are Chandigarh, Ladakh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep, the NHA said in a statement.

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