The COVID vaccination drive will start in India from Jan 16.
Serum Institute of India, CEO Adar Poonawalla called it a historical moment.
Poonawalla said that the main challenge is to bring it to everyone in the country.
"It is our challenge for 2021, let's see how it happens," he added.
On the price of the vaccine, Adar Poonawalla said, "We've given a special price of Rs 200 for the first 100 million doses only to Government of India on their request that we want to support common man, vulnerable, poor, healthcare workers.
After that we'll be selling it at Rs 1000 in private markets."
Serum Institute of India (SII), CEO Adar Poonawalla received a COVISHIELD vaccine shot on January 16. COVISHIELD vaccine is manufactured by SII. India has approved 2 vaccines - Covishield and Covaxin. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched nation-wide vaccination drive against COVID-19 via video-conferencing.
At least 1,65,714 healthcare beneficiaries received COVID-19 jab on Saturday across India, marking it as a historic and biggest COVID-19 vaccination drive launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. About 16,755 total vaccinators involved across India during the COVID vaccination drive. There was no post adverse event reported after the vaccination was administered to the people. "Total vaccinators involved across India were 16,755. Total beneficiaries vaccinated across India--1,65,714. COVID19 vaccination drive was successful on Day 1. No case of post-vaccination hospitalisation reported so far," said Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary of Union Health Ministry. "The Serum Institute of India (SII) produced COVISHIELD was supplied to all States and Union Territories (UT). Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN was supplied to 12 States. Total 3,351 sessions were held across the country with both the vaccines, said Health Ministry on COVID19 vaccine roll-out," he added. Watch the full video for more details.
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On Day 1 of India's Covid-19 vaccination, two doctors who took the shots shared their experience. Dr Atul Peters and Anil Dhar of Max hospital were given Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and SII-made Covishield jabs respectively. Both didn't experience any side-effects and said that doubts regarding the inoculants are unfounded. Dr Suranjit Chatterjee of Apollo hospital, who is set to receive a shot soon, also weighed in on the controversy regarding Covaxin and its third phase trials. Watch the full video for more.
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The mega COVID-19 vaccination drive began in India on January 16. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the drive and around 100 healthcare workers will get vaccinated at each session site on the inaugural day. Manish Kumar, a sanitation worker, became the first person to receive COVID-19 vaccine jab at AIIMS. In the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive, healthcare workers will receive the vaccine. The beneficiaries reached to their respective health centres. Two COVID vaccines have been approved in India- Pune-based SII's 'Covishield' and Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech's 'Covaxin'.
As India is set to start the vaccination program against COVID-19 on January 16, millions of doses of Covishield vaccine, manufactured by Pune's Serum Institute of India, have reached the length and breadth of the country. Himachal Pradesh has received 93,000 shots on Thursday evening as part of the first consignment which was dispatched from SII's Pune facility. The hilly state has more than 800 active cases of COVID-19. Kerala, which is struggling to keep rising cases under control also received the first batch of the vaccine in Mallapuram. The southern state has more than 65,000 active cases of coronavirus, the highest in the country. Ladakh also got 11,500 doses of the Covishield vaccine as part of the first phase of the vaccination program. BJP MP Jamyang Namgyal and state Health Department Director Dr Phuntsog Angchuk received the vaccine at Leh airport. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the vaccination program at 10:30 AM on January 16 with 3 crore health and frontline workers being listed to get the shots in the first phase.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi along with other leaders released a booklet over the three farm laws of Central Government at the party headquarters in Delhi on January 19. During the press conference, Rahul Gandhi said that there is a tragedy unfolding in the country as it is witnessing development of massive monopolies in this country. "There is tragedy unfolding today in country, government wants to ignore issue and misinform the country. I am not going to speak about farmers alone as it is only part of tragedy. It's important for youngsters. This is not about present but about your future. We are witnessing development of massive monopolies in this country," said Rahul Gandhi.
Home Minister Amit Shah on January 19 visited Delhi Police headquarters in Delhi. There he launched a mobile application. Shah also met the plasma donors, who donated their plasma after recovering from COVID-19 virus.
Officers of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh police arrived at the Singhu border to hold talks with the farmers protesting against the farm laws. Bhartiya Kisan Union's spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on the first meeting of the Supreme Court-formed committee said that they don't know and they are not going. He further said that the bill will go back the same route it came from. "We don't know, we're not going (to first meeting of SC-formed committee). Nobody from the agitation approached the court. Govt brought bill through Ordinance, it was tabled in the house. It'll go back the same route it came from," said Rakesh Tikait while speaking to ANI on January 19.
Speaking to ANI in Bengaluru on January 19, president of Karnataka state in Congress, DK Shivakumar said, "We all stand by the farmers of this country. Supreme Court (SC) has stayed the laws. They should scrap it. This is what Congress demands." "The farmers' demand is justified. On behalf of Congress party, we are holding a big protest tomorrow to support them," he added.
Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Minister, K Sudhakar inaugurated COVID-19 vaccination drive on January 17 for the healthcare workers. He inaugurated the drive at Manipal Hospitals in Bengaluru today. Billed as the world's largest vaccination programme, covering the entire length and breadth of the country, the drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach an estimated 3 crore people by the end of its first phase. The mega COVID-19 vaccination drive began in India on January 16. Speaking to ANI, K Sudhakar said, "Doctors expect around 70-80% turn out today. Whatever issues we faced yesterday (January 16) in the CoWIN app, will be sorted out by Monday."
Home Minister Amit Shah said that there is a need for the entire nation to be linked to the Covid-19 vaccination drive which began on January 16. He also urged people not to spread rumors so that different opinions don’t emerge in public regarding the vaccination drive. Amit Shah is on a two- day visit to Karnataka. The Home Minister reached the state on January 16. Shah, on Saturday, flagged off Emergency Response Support System vehicles in Bengaluru. He also laid the foundation stone of the Bhadravathi Rapid Action Force Centre in Bhadravathi. Watch the full the video for more.
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Schools in Tamil Nadu reopened for the students of classes 10th and 12th on January 19 after a gap of over nine months. A school in Madurai followed COVID-19 guidelines such as social distancing and masks. Students, teachers and other staff members were allowed entry only after a thermal screening. Director of School Education Department in Tamil Nadu, Dr S Kannappan visited Govt Girls Higher Secondary School in Chennai's Ashok Nagar on January 19. All educational institutions were forced to shut down due to coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to ANI, a student in Chennai said, "Half of our syllabus was covered during online classes. I am happy to see my friends after so long but we have to maintain social distance."
BJP president JP Nadda attended party's Pongal festival in Chennai on January 14. During his address, Nadda said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ensuring that Tamil Nadu takes a big leap as far as development is concerned. He further compared the functioning of finance commission towards Tamil Nadu under UPA and PM Modi. "PM Modi has tried to see to it that the whole country goes forward. At the same time, he has made sure that Tamil Nadu takes a big leap as far as development is concerned. The 13 finance commission during the UPA government gave Rs 94,000 crores to Tamil Nadu for the development. But the same commission under PM Modi gave Tamil Nadu Rs 5 lakh 42,000 crores. Mainstreaming and bringing people of Tamil Nadu in the front of the development have been the basic ethos on which PM Modi is working," said BJP president JP Nadda.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat visited and offered prayers Sri Kadumbadi Chinnamman Temple in Ponniammanmedu on Jan 14. He also participated in Pongal celebrations. According to Tamil solar calendar, Pongal is observed at the start of the month Tai.
Ahead of 354th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, preparations are underway at Takhat Sri Harimandir ji Patna Sahib also known as Harimandir Sahib in Bihar. The celebration is also called as Guru Gobind Singh Parkash Utsav or Prakash Parv. The auspicious day of Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti will be celebrated on January 20.
Dense fog enveloped Aligarh city of Uttar Pradesh on January 18. It led to low visibility at various locations. Similar situation of fog was observed in Bihar's Muzaffarpur today. A thick blanket of dense fog also engulfed Punjab's Ludhiana. Locals were seen keeping themselves warm near the bonfire amid chilly winter season. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 8 degrees celsius, as per India Meteorological Department (IMD).
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...