During a White House press briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci told reporters that he feels liberated to speak freely and honestly about the coronavirus pandemic and the science behind it under the Biden administration.
People across the country celebrated the arrival of 2021 amid Covid-19 pandemic. People gathered in Kolkata's Park street area to greet and welcome the New Year. While, in the national capital people were seen following the night curfew. Heavy police were deployed at multiple areas across the city-state. On New Year 2021, devotees visited Golden Temple to celebrate the occasion. In Goa, people danced to Bollywood songs and welcomed 2021 with zeal. As part of celebrations, fireworks were also witnessed in parts of the country. People in Kochi and Agartala came out to celebrate the new year with friends and family. With low-key celebrations due to pandemic, Agartala locals visited eating joints. In Kochi, many people visited Fort Kochi to welcome the new year. Police were also deployed to avoid mass gathering and ensure Covid-19 protocols.
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As the country welcomes New Year 2021, people in Kochi and Agartala came out to celebrate with their friends and family. With low-key celebrations due to the pandemic, locals in Agartala visited food joint to cherish the year. They also clicked pictures and advised to 'Stay Happy.' On the other hand, few people visited the Fort Kochi to celebrate 2021. Police was deployed to avoid mass gathering and to ensure that COVID protocols were adhered.
Pune Commissioner of Police Amitabh Gupta said that the Serum Institue of India's Manjri plant, where fire broke out, was an underconstruction facility for the production of Covishield vaccine. Preparation to begin the production at a later stage was ongoing, he added. Gupta further said that the main production was not going on there. The fire will douse in an hour, he added. "Fire broke out at Manjri plant. Production wasn't done there but preparation was on to begin it at a later stage. Fire fighting op is on, building has been vacated but we're re-checking. Fire will be doused in an hr. No problem at vaccine plant/storage," he said. In the latest development in the massive fire at Pune's Serum Institute of India, the vaccines and the vaccine manufacturing plant are safe. The incident of fire at the Serum Institute of India took place at Manjri Plant.
Fire broke out at Manjri facility of Pune’s Serum Institute of India on Thursday. Pune’s Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said that a call was received at 2.50pm. Reportedly, ten fire tenders were rushed to the spot along with at least two extra tankers. As per reports, fire was reported from the fifth floor of the recently constructed building. Smoke was seen coming out of the building. Serum Institute of India is manufacturing coronavirus vaccine Covishield. Watch the full video for more details.
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From India’s vaccination drive to fire at Serum Institute, here are the top updates on the pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to get vaccinated in the second phase of the inoculation drive, as per reports. Reportedly, chief ministers above 50 will also get vaccine doses. Meanwhile, five people were killed in fire at Pune’s Serum Institute of India. PM Modi expressed anguish over the loss of life. The fire was reported from an under-construction building at SII’s facility. Also, health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that some people are spreading misinformation about vaccines. Calling it unfortunate, Harsh Vardhan said it has developed vaccine hesitancy. Watch the full video for more updates on the pandemic.
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Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar on January 21 visited Serum Institute of India (SII), in Pune, where massive fire claimed five lives. After visiting the institute, he said, "Contractor's men were working on that floor (where the fire broke out) and when the fire brigade officials went there, they found five completely burnt bodies. 2 of them were from UP, 2 from Pune and 1 is from Bihar." "Fire brigade has done good work. As per my info, CM will also visit the site tomorrow. The place where COVID vaccine is manufactured was not affected. I was informed that preparation was going on at this building (site of fire) to make Rotavirus vaccine," he added. Fire had broken out at Manjri Plant of SII today afternoon and claimed five lives.
Cyrus S Poonawalla, chairman and MD of Serum Institute of India, on Thursday said the vaccine major will offer compensation of Rs 25 lakh in addition to the mandated amount to families of persons who died in a fire at the company's premises in Pune. Five men died after a fire broke out in a five-storeyed under-construction building at the firm's Manjari premises in Pune on Thursday. All were construction workers whose bodies were recovered by fire brigade personnel from the fifth floor, police said, adding nine others were evacuated from the spot. President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday expressed grief over the demise of five people who lost their lives in the fire incident at Serum Institute of India (SII), in Pune. "The loss of lives in a fire accident at the Serum Institute of India in Pune is distressing. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery of the injured," President Kovind tweeted. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the deaths caused by the fire incident. "Anguished by the loss of lives due to an unfortunate fire at Serum Institute of India. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. I pray that the injured recover at the earliest," PM Modi tweeted. Watch the full video for more details.
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The ancestral village of Kamala Harris was beaming with joy as the U.S. Vice President took oath on January 20, 2021. Locals at Thulasendrapuram village in Tamil Nadu lit 'diyas' to celebrate Harris' big win. The village in Nagapattinam district was all decked up on the occasion of swearing-in. Locals also offered prayers at the village temple for the U.S. Vice President. Villagers prepared a traditional recipe 'murukku' to toast Harris' inauguration. Kamala Harris is the first woman to become the vice president of the United States. She is also the first Black American and first Asian American to come the vice president.
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CNN’s Vedika Sud reports from New Delhi on the pride and celebrations in India for Kamala Harris’ inauguration as the first female, first Black and first South Asian Vice President of the United States.
Members of the Indian cricket team arrived in Mumbai from Australia tour on January 21. The players have been advised to remain in 7-day home quarantine, an official informed. Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur and Prithvi Shaw landed in Mumbai this morning. Head coach Ravi Shastri also reached Mumbai with the players. An injury-ravaged India beat Australia by three wickets in the 4th test in Brisbane. India clinched the series and retained the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant landed in New Delhi. While speaking to the reporters outside the airport, he said, “I am so happy that we retained the trophy. The whole team is very happy.” Pant scored an unbeaten 89 runs in fourth Test as India chased down a total of 328. This was the highest chase recorded at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. Watch the full video for more.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inspected a guard of honour during the annual National Cadet Corps (NCC) rally, at NCC Parade Ground in New Delhi on January 21. During the rally, Defence Minister Singh congratulated NCC.