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  • COVID-19 crisis | Festival travel, vaccine shortage put Bangladesh at risk May 13, 2021 08:03 PM IST

    COVID-19 crisis | Festival travel, vaccine shortage put Bangladesh at risk

    People crowded exit points in Dhaka, defying a nationwide lockdown in effect until Sunday and a suspension of long-distance passenger buses, trains and ferries.

  • Modi-EU leaders’ summit will talk vaccine supply, FTA talks and climate change May 07, 2021 05:16 PM IST

    Modi-EU leaders’ summit will talk vaccine supply, FTA talks and climate change

    The first ever India-EU leaders meeting on May 8 is set to discuss a long list of crucial issues, including discussions on the IPR waiver for vaccine makers, a global health partnership and a connectivity pact

  • Global IPR waiver for vaccines: India now expects US to do diplomatic heavy lifting at WTO May 07, 2021 03:01 PM IST

    Global IPR waiver for vaccines: India now expects US to do diplomatic heavy lifting at WTO

    The US has backed India's proposal to temporarily suspend key clauses of a global intellectual property rights rule to boost vaccine availability. But having introduced it seven months ago, and systematically securing the support from 120 middle- and lower-income nations, New Delhi is now content to let Washington convince the European Union, United Kingdom, Japan, and China.

  • EXPLAINED | Why government's funding of 3 PSEs won't raise overall vaccine production anytime soon Apr 19, 2021 05:23 PM IST

    EXPLAINED | Why government's funding of 3 PSEs won't raise overall vaccine production anytime soon

    The Centre's plan to increase Covaxin production 6-7 times by August-September, relies on the premise that manufacturing can be quickly ramped up at government owned biomedical companies. But apart from the absence of a biosafety level 3 facility which usually takes a year to be constructed, the lack of support infrastructure, rushed deadlines and massive need for investment also threaten to push the deadline further back.

  • Centre approves Rs 350 crore to setup 16 API manufacturing plants under incentive scheme Apr 13, 2021 06:49 PM IST

    Centre approves Rs 350 crore to setup 16 API manufacturing plants under incentive scheme

    According to the Chemicals and Fertilisers Ministry, the government will invest Rs 348.70 crore in the setting of these plants which will make the country self-reliant with respect to these bulk drugs. The commercial production of these plants is projected to commence on 1 April 2023.

  • Ficci demands PLI-like scheme for vaccine makers, clinical trial waiver for foreign jabs Apr 13, 2021 12:55 PM IST

    Ficci demands PLI-like scheme for vaccine makers, clinical trial waiver for foreign jabs

    Flagging vaccine shortage across states, Ficci said to meet the government's target of vaccinating 30 crore people by August at the current pace of 30 lakh daily vaccinations, as much as 38 crore doses would be required. But reports show that the Centre has just 2.04 crore doses in the pipeline, it added.

  • Enabling policies will address COVID-19 vaccine shortage Apr 13, 2021 11:43 AM IST

    Enabling policies will address COVID-19 vaccine shortage

    With an established pharmaceutical industry and a strong network of manufacturing units, one should ask if this vaccine shortage in India is because of the absence of production capacity or is it because of misdirected policies

  • The great vaccination bungle Apr 13, 2021 08:30 AM IST

    The great vaccination bungle

    Can the government fix it quickly? And how badly will it affect the economic recovery? 

  • EXCLUSIVE | ‘Government won’t ban commercial export of Covid-19 vaccine’, sources say Apr 12, 2021 11:06 AM IST

    EXCLUSIVE | ‘Government won’t ban commercial export of Covid-19 vaccine’, sources say

    Many have argued for a ban on the commercial export of Covid-19 vaccines from India, as the second wave of the pandemic continues to infect a record number of people every day and vaccine shortages have been reported from multiple States. But the government is not keen on the proposal since both the manufacturers in India are legally obligated to fulfil contracts to supply doses to foreign buyers, and a large chunk of the global poor are dependent on India’s vaccines.

  • COVID-19 | A looming vaccine crisis and options before India Apr 12, 2021 10:48 AM IST

    COVID-19 | A looming vaccine crisis and options before India

    The ‘pharmacy of the world’ is now staring at COVID-19 vaccine shortages. We need to act fast and decisively to avoid a crisis, which can threaten India’s COVID-19 containment efforts

  • COVID-19 News | Mumbai to have vaccination only at government centres on April 10-12, says BMC Apr 10, 2021 11:14 AM IST

    COVID-19 News | Mumbai to have vaccination only at government centres on April 10-12, says BMC

    Meanwhile vaccinations will continue at government centres on April 10 between 12 pm to 6 pm and on April 11 between 9 am and 5 pm

  • Rajasthan has insufficient stock of COVID-19 vaccine, says CM Ashok Gehlot Apr 10, 2021 09:30 AM IST

    Rajasthan has insufficient stock of COVID-19 vaccine, says CM Ashok Gehlot

    Ashok Gehlot also said that the Centre's claim of no shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in the country is wrong and demanded that a status report on availability of doses be made public.

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