Coronavirus vaccine news updates: Yogi Adityanath likens Covid-19 vaccine to 'Sanjeevani Booti'
In India's ambitious vaccination drive against Covid-10, over 15.2 lakh people have been inoculated so far. This comes amid hesitancy among health workers to get vaccinated due to reports of side effects and deaths, although authorities have said that there is no vaccine link in the latter. India has approved two vaccines — Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and Serum Institute of India's Covishield — for emergency use in the country. Stay tuned for updates.
Yogi Adityanath likens Covid-19 vaccine to 'Sanjeevani Booti'
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday compared the Covid-19 vaccines given by India to Brazil to 'Sanjeevani Booti', a mythological life-saving herb figuring in the Hindu epic Ramayana.
Israel includes teens in vaccination drive, eyeing exams
Israel expanded its Covid-19 vaccination drive on Sunday to include 16- to 18-year-olds in what the government described as an effort to enable their attendance at school exams.
Israel, which has the world's fastest vaccine distribution rate, is hoping to begin reopening its economy next month.
With regular imports of Pfizer Inc. vaccines, Israel has administered at least one dose to more than 25% of its 9 million population since Dec. 19, the Health Ministry says.
The vaccines were initially limited to the elderly and other high-risk categories, but are now available to anyone over 40 or - with parental permission - those between 16 and 18.
Around 60 paramedical staff of Delhi prisons dept vaccinated against Covid-19 so far
Around 60 paramedical staff of the Delhi prisons department have been inoculated so far during the Covid-19 vaccination drive, officials said on Sunday.
The vaccination drive began in the national capital on January 16 and the healthcare workers, who were at the forefront of the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, got the first shots of the vaccine.
"Around 60 paramedical staff of the prisons department have been vaccinated so far. They were vaccinated on different dates at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital. The vaccination will help boost the morale of the jail officials and security forces personnel, who were at a high risk of catching the virus due to the nature of their job," Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel said.
Vaccinated people may still transmit Covid-19, warns England's chief medic
One of England's leading medical officers on Sunday urged the public to continue to follow the strict lockdown rules because any vaccine-related immunity from COVID-19 takes at least three weeks to kick in.
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, also warned that there is no clear evidence yet to show that vaccinated people cannot transmit the deadly virus on to others.
'Regardless of whether someone has had their vaccination or not, it is vital that everyone follows the national restrictions and public health advice, as protection takes up to three weeks to kick in and we don't yet know the impact of vaccines on transmission,' said Van-Tam.
Delhi reports 185 new Covid-19 cases, 315 recoveries and 9 deaths in the last 24 hours
Total cases 6,33,924
Total recoveries 6,21,375
Death toll 10,808
Active cases 1,741
India to give homegrown vaccine in seven more states this week
The Centre said it will administer homegrown coronavirus vaccine Covaxin in seven more states from Monday as it seeks to inoculate 30 million healthcare workers across the country.
The government this month gave emergency-use approval to the vaccine, developed by Bharat Biotech International Ltd and state-run Indian Council of Medical Research, and another licensed from Oxford University and AstraZeneca PLC that is being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
If poor countries go unvaccinated rich ones will pay, a study says
In monopolizing the supply of vaccines against Covid-19, wealthy nations are threatening more than a humanitarian catastrophe: The resulting economic devastation will hit affluent countries nearly as hard as those in the developing world.
One year after Covid-19 lockdown, Wuhan dissident more isolated than ever
One year after lockdown, Wuhan has long since sprung back to life — but Zhu Tao remains bunkered in his 14th-floor apartment, spending his days doomscrolling through news, playing virtual soccer on his PlayStation and feeling China is teetering on the brink of collapse.
One million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in India in just 6 days: Health ministry
India took only 6 days to administer one million Covid-19 vaccine doses, a count which is higher than that of countries like the US and the UK, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday as the number of beneficiaries who have received the anti-coronavirus shots inched close to 16 lakh.
The UK took 18 days whereas the US took 10 days to reach the one million mark, the ministry said. (PTI)
Aviation sector workers be vaccinated on priority after health workers: MoCA to MoHFW
Frontline workers in the aviation sector should be considered for Covid-19 vaccination on priority basis after health workers have been given the jabs, the civil aviation ministry has told the Union health ministry.
As per the guidelines issued by the health ministry on December 28 last year, initially around 30 crore Indians will be vaccinated, including around three crore healthcare and frontline workers, and approximately 27 crore people of over the age of 50 years. (PTI)
Brazil's late and rocky start on vaccinations fuels public ire
Brazil's newly launched vaccination campaign against Covid-19 has gotten off to a late and rocky start -- as the country is hammered by a second wave of the disease, it is already close to running out of vaccine, syringes and other vital equipment, according to scientists who blame the government of Jair Bolsonaro. (AFP)
Ukrainians caught in geopolitical race for Covid-19 vaccines
Vitaly Sokolov, a doctor who has been treating critical coronavirus patients in Ukraine since the start of the pandemic, is anxiously waiting to be vaccinated.
But his ex-Soviet republic is caught in a geopolitical tug-of-war that is delaying a national vaccine rollout in one of Europe's poorest countries.
"We live in constant stress," the surgeon told AFP at the Kiev hospital where he works.
"It's insulting that colleagues in countries that produce vaccines -- and even colleagues in countries where they aren't produced -- have already been vaccinated," he said, clad in protective gear before entering a virus ward.
The stakes are high for Ukraine, where a population of some 40 million rely on an ageing and understaffed public health care system that is buckling under a caseload of 1.2 million infections and 21,000 deaths. (AFP)
India's Covid-19 numbers today
India reports 14,849 new #COVID19 cases, 15,948 discharges, and 155 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry— ANI (@ANI) January 24, 2021
Total cases: 1,06,54,533
Active cases: 1,84,408
Total discharges: 1,03,16,786
Death toll: 1,53,339
Total vaccinated: 15,82,201 pic.twitter.com/hPUdu7MIcv
Tears and fears as India's huge coronavirus vaccine push falters
India's huge coronavirus vaccination drive is behind schedule, with a third of recipients not showing up for appointments because of safety fears, technical glitches and a belief that the pandemic is ending.
After one week, India has vaccinated 1.4 million people, or 200,000 people per day. It had initially hoped to process 300,000 per day before ramping up the rollout and inoculating 300 million by July.
At the Sharda Hospital in Greater Noida near New Delhi, pharma student Khushi Dhingra, 17, hugged a friend and wept as she waited to get her shot.
"I am very afraid. I hate needles and I am worried about side effects," she told AFP.
Help with vaccination push comes from unexpected businesses
While some retailers and pharmacy chains have been directly involved in the rollout of coronavirus vaccinations, more surprising is the number of companies that have offered help despite having little to do with health care.
Pushing on with vaccine drive amid no-shows
Three months before India rolled out its mega exercise to administer Covid-19 vaccines to 30 crore individuals, two independent research groups waved red flags about the hurdles that may crop up.
'The problem of vaccine hesitancy is strongly related to lack of trust in the government,' cautioned US and European researchers in another study in Nature Medicine.
WHO Chief hails India's vaccine assistance efforts
Thank you #India and Prime Minister @narendramodi for your continued support to the global #COVID19 response. Only if we #ACTogether, including sharing of knowledge, can we stop this virus and save lives and livelihoods.— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) January 23, 2021
Mauritius receives India's vaccine gift
We are deeply grateful to India for donating 100 000 doses of Covishield to Mauritius as part of its Mission &dhapos;Vaccine Maitri&dhapos;.@PMOIndia @narendramodi @HCI_PortLouis pic.twitter.com/KOkYVvVtDp— Pravind Kumar Jugnauth (@JugnauthKumar) January 22, 2021
This is the crucial takeaway from an academic study to be released Monday. In the most extreme scenario — with wealthy nations fully vaccinated by the middle of this year, and poor countries largely shut out — the study concludes that the global economy would suffer losses exceeding $9 trillion.
Vaccine 99 per cent safe: Telangana Health Minister
The Covid-19 vaccine is 99 per centsafe and it is important to get vaccinated, Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender. "I believe that everyone will come forward for it in coming days," he said. (ANI)
UK extends councils' lockdown powers until July 17: Media
The British government has quietly extended coronavirus lockdown laws to give local councils in England the power to close pubs, restaurants, shops and public spaces until July 17, the Telegraph reported on Saturday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday the government could not consider easing lockdown restrictions with infection rates at their current high levels, and until it is confident the vaccination programme is working. (Reuters)
'6,000 health workers in the Indian Army vaccinated'
Southern Army Commander Lt General CP Mohanty said on Saturday that he is proud of our country being at the forefront in the vaccination drive against Covid-19. "As far as the Indian Army is concerned, we havestarted administering the vaccine to our health workers. Around 6,000 of them have been vaccinated so far," he said. (ANI)
US passes 25 million confirmed coronavirus cases
The United States has now recorded 25 million coronavirus cases, reaching the threshold Saturday afternoon, according to a New York Times database.
Experts say that as staggering as that figure is, it significantly understates the true number of people in the country who have been infected and the scope of the nation's failure to contain the spread of the virus.
The official tally works out to about one in every 13 people in the country, or about 7.6 per centof the population. (NYT)
Egypt to start Covid-19 vaccination campaign
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced Saturday that Egypt would start rolling out a mass Covid-19 vaccination campaign the following day with the Chinese-made Sinopharm jab.
"We are starting a vaccination drive tomorrow beginning with healthcare workers followed by those suffering from chronic diseases and later the elderly," Sisi said in brief comments after unveiling several development projects in Port Said. (AFP)
Belgium sees large initial shortfall of AstraZeneca vaccine
Belgium will receive less than half the number of Covid-19 vaccines it had expected from AstraZeneca in the first quarter, the country's vaccine taskforce said on Saturday.
Belgium had been expecting 1.5 million doses of the vaccine, which has still to be approved, by March, but would instead get around 650,000 doses.
Reuters reported on Friday that AstraZeneca had informed European Union officials it would cut deliveries of the vaccine by 60% to a total 31 million doses in the first quarter due to production problems. (Reuters)