We are in touch with Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers.
We are also in touch with global regulators, governments of other countries, multinational organisations and international companies." He further said, "It is not certain whether there will be one, two or three doses of a vaccine.
It is also not decided what will be the price of the vaccine.
Legendary Indian classical musician and Padma Vibhushan awardee Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan passed away in his Mumbai residence on January 17. The celebrated musician was an Indian classical musician in the Hindustani classical music tradition, belonging to the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana. He was laid to rest in Mumbai with full state honours. He was a recipient of several accolades including the Padma Shri in 1991, followed by Padma Bhushan in 2006 and Padma Vibhushan in 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the legendary musician's demise and extended condolences to his family and admirers. In a tweet, the Prime Minister showered praise on Ustad Mustafa Khan, saying that he was a stalwart of creativity whose works endeared him to people across generations. On the loss of a legend par excellence, the music fraternity and political leaders from across the spectrum extended their condolences through social media.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on January 17 said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, India is counted among those countries which have recorded fewer deaths due to COVID-19. He was speaking at a public rally in Karnataka's Belagavi. Shah is on a two-day visit to Karnataka.
Rock producer Phil Spector, who changed the sound of pop music in the 1960s with his "Wall of Sound" recordings and was convicted of murder for the 2003 murder of a Hollywood actress, has died at age 81 of COVID-19, according to authorities and media reports. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
Estonia's envoy to India Katrin Kivi on GoI's decision to open a mission in Estonia expressed happiness. She called it a 'New Year gift' for Estonia. "It is a pleasure to address India's decision to open a resident mission in Estonia. This was really a kind of Christmas or New Year gift for the entire Estonia nation. We are very happy about it. This is proof of our bilateral relations. It's important for our trade relations but also politically as India and Estonia are good partners, this year we've also started working together in UNSC," said Estonia's envoy to India.
The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine 'Covishield' was dispatched by Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune across India on January 12. SII produces 70-80 million doses of the COVID vaccine every month. India currently has the highest production capability across the globe. SII is selling the vaccine at Rs 200 for the first 100 million doses only to Government of India. The price will mount to Rs 1, 000 in the private market. Serum Institute of India has a partnership with private players for trucks, vans and cold storage for the successful and safe supply of the vaccine. First phase of COVID vaccination drive will start in India from Jan 16.
Bharat Biotech to provide 16.50 lakh doses of COVAXIN for free of cost to the Central government as a special gesture, informed Union Health Ministry during a press briefing on January 12. "The Government of India agreed to procure 110 lakh Covishield vaccine doses from Serum Institute of India (SII) at Rs 200/dose. 55 lakh doses of COVAXIN to be procured from Bharat Biotech (BBIL), of which 38.5 lakh doses priced at Rs 295/dose," said Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan. He added, "BBIL will provide 16.50 lakh doses of COVAXIN free of cost to the Central govt as a special gesture."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 16 reminded the people of India that the two doses of corona vaccine are very important. He said, "I want to remind people of the country that two doses of the..