The year 2021, much like 2020, was plagued by Covid, with India facing its worst public health crisis during the second wave of the pandemic as people struggled to find hospital beds and oxygen cylinders. But the year also did throw up some moments of triumph, such as those from Tokyo Olympics as well as videos that lifted our spirits and made us smile.COVID-19, a landmark step in fighting the pandemic, began with Manish Kumar, a frontline sanitation worker who received the first shot of the vaccine. Kumar, a sanitation worker, became the first person in India to get the COVID-19 vaccine shot at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on January 16.
— ANI (@ANI) January 16, 2021
A devastating surge in coronavirus infections took a toll on India’s health infrastructure in the summer of 2021. One of the big challenges was deep shortage of oxygen, a key treatment for seriously ill COVID-19 patients, and hospital ICU beds.
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
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Two medical students at Kerala’s at Thrissur Medical College, Janaki Omkumar and Naveen Razak, shared a video of them dancing to Boney M’s hit track “Rasputin”. The video of them dancing in their scrubs, in the corridor of their institute brought became an instant hit. However, their attempt to spread some cheer as medical workers tirelessly worked during the devastating second wave of COVID-19 also received hate, with trolls giving it a communal angle. The students received huge support too, as medical students across Kerala joined the challenge and posted their own videos of them dancing to “Rasputin”.
Tourist influx in Manali
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Thousands of Afghans scrambled to board flights at the Kabul airport in a desperate bid to get out of Afghanistan, following the Taliban toppling of the government led by President Ashraf Ghani. Three persons who allegedly held on to a US Air Force plane in their attempt to escape from the country fell to death from the sky soon after the plane took off, according to video clips posted by a local news agency. The video became a defining image of the humanitarian crisis in the crisis-ridden country.
Three Kabul residents who were trying to leave the country by hiding next to the tire or wing of an American plane, fell on the rooftop of local people. They lost their lives due to the terrible conditions in Kabul. pic.twitter.com/Cj7xXE4vbx— Sayed Tariq Majidi (@TariqMajidi) August 16, 2021
"Pawri Ho Rahi Hai"The “Pawri ho rahi hai” meme set social media on fire after Dananeer Mobeen, a Pakistan-based Instagram influencer, put out a video, speaking in a heavily-accented tone as she stood partying with some friends with their car parked on a road. "Ye humari car hai, ye hum hain aur ye humari pawri (party) ho rahi hai," she says in the video on Instagram, which transcended the country's borders for its fun quotient.
— #Omicron (@Apsabkijan) February 16, 2021
In a bizarre or rather ap’paw’lling' incident, a Texas lawyer accidentally showed up to a video court hearing unable to remove the cat filter on his Zoom account. The hearing took a hilarious turn when the judge addressed the cat filter situation to lawyer Rod Ponton who was struggling to remove the filter. "Mr. Ponton, I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings," the judge can be heard saying in the video. However, this did not stop Ponton from carrying on with his work as other lawyers in the hearing smiled. "I'm prepared to go forward with it. I'm here to live, I'm not a cat," Ponton said.
Shweta, your mic is on