‘Both vaccines are safe for use’: Centre ahead of vaccination roll-out in India
Covishield and Covaxin, the two COVID-19 vaccines which have received Emergency Use Authorisation (EAU) have been tested on thousands of people and side-effects are negligible, Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, said on Tuesday and noted that the two "are safest of the vaccines".
"Both the vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) have been authorized for emergency use and there should be no doubt about their safety.
They have been tested on thousands of people and side-effects are negligible.
There is no risk of any significance," Dr Paul said at a press conference here.
"These two are safest of the vaccines.
Let's give the message that these vaccines are safe and secure.
We need to send the message we need to take this message and defeat coronavirus," he added.
The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive is scheduled to start from January 16.
Sri Lanka has cancelled a scheduled speech of Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan in parliament. This is being seen as a move to avoid confrontation with New Delhi. India had recently gifted 5 lakh doses of Covishield to Sri Lanka. In recent month there have been anti-Muslim sentiments in Sri Lanka as the Buddhist people have been protesting against animal sacrifices in Mosques.
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As the vaccination drive has already been kicked off in the Himalayan nation, the inoculation drive for elderly and most vulnerable age groups will commence from next month. Nepal has received the first batch of one million COVISHIELD Vaccine developed by Serum Institute of India on Sunday via Air India flight. The vaccines would be used to inoculate people above 60 years of age, which is 8.73 per cent of Nepal's population, in the vaccination drive that will begin on March 7. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, there are 2,652,258 elderly people above 60 years in the country. On January 21st 2021, Nepal had received a total of One Million COVISHIELD Vaccine from India under grant assistance.
A BJP youth leader was arrested Friday evening in Bengal's Kolkata for allegedly carrying 100 gm of cocaine.
Ahead of elections in five states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is participating in a day-long election strategy session in Delhi on Sunday.
With five states reporting a spike in coronavirus cases again, the Union Health Ministry has issued a note of caution to the state governments and asked for increasing the number of tests and more RT-PCR tests so that no cases are missed out. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute this morning urged nations to be patient amid the wait for the coronavirus vaccine Covishield. A big Congratulations to Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan who have now became proud parents to a baby Boy. The actress delivered her second baby on February 21 at Bridge Candy Hospital.
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Indian Council of Medical Research DG, Balram Bhargava announced that the Covaxin is successful in tackling UK strain. He further informed that UK variant strain is now present in 70 countries and 164 cases have been identified in India. "UK variant strain is now present in 70 countries and we've identified 164 cases of it in India. We were able to find the first case of the UK variant on 22nd-23rd December. In a week's time, we were able to collect blood from these patients and culture the strain. We found that the neutralisation of UK strain was equivalent to Indian strains circulating in India. It's a very reassuring news that UK variant can be tackled by this vaccine," informed ICMR DG during a press briefing on January 28.
Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijayabaskar voluntarily took the vaccine Covaxin at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai. Vijayabaskar, who is a doctor and a member of the IMA, had earlier said that he was taking the vaccine to instill confidence in the people about the vaccine. Opposition parties have been raising concerns about the efficacy of Covaxin. ‘I got my covaxin shot! Thanks to the team @gmcrgggh for the seamless experience. Appeal everyone to do it when your turn comes. Let's end #Covid19 together,’ Vijayabaskar tweeted after getting the jab. India launched the world’s biggest vaccination drive on 16th of January, 2021 after two vaccines were given approval by authorities. Watch the full video for all the details.
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NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul during a press conference on the weekly update of COVID-19 on February 23 informed that so far 187 individuals detected with UK strain, 6 people with South African strain and one with Brazilian strain till date. VK Paul said, "There is a very significant, comprehensive tracking of viral strains for such mutants and other mutants. This effort has gathered pace and we have sequenced that 3,500 viruses since then. Today we have 187 individuals detected with UK strain, 6 people with South African variant and one with Brazilian strain till date."
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on NITI Aayog governing council meeting held on February 21said that several issues including electricity were raised, we have asked for a common rate for electricity across country. "In yesterday's NITI Aayog governing council meeting, we raised questions about several things including electricity. If everyone pays (rate of electricity supplied by Centre to states) the same for electricity across the country, it would be good. As of now, we pay more than others," said CM Nitish Kumar
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