Bhutan, a small country that borders China and India, has only seen one death as a result of the coronavirus, compared to the worldwide death toll which is nearing 2.5 million deaths. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria looks at how Bhutan was able to curve the pandemic.
During a press briefing on January 28, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava informed that over 55 lakh doses of vaccines have been gifted neighbours and extended neighbourhood since January 20. MEA spokesperson, said, "rom Jan 20, we've gifted over 55 lakh doses of vaccines to our neighbours and extended neighborhood-1.5 lakh to Bhutan, 1 lakh to Maldives, Mauritius and Bahrain, 10 lakhs to Nepal, 20 lakhs to Bangladesh, 15 lakhs to Myanmar, 50,000 to Seychelles, 5 lakh to Sri Lanka on request. Over the next few days, we've planned to gift further quantities of 1 lakh doses to Oman, 5 lakh doses to CARICOM countries, 2 lakhs to Nicaragua and 2 lakh doses to Pacific Island states."
India is supplying COVID-19 vaccines being manufactured in the country to neighbouring countries including Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh but has not received any request from Pakistan. Addressing the weekly media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said there is an interest in accessing vaccines from India, which is the global hub of vaccine production. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that India's vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used for the benefit of all humanity to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. "I am not aware of any request for the supply of Indian-made vaccines to Pakistan on a G2G basis or commercial basis," Srivastava said answering a query. Watch the full video for more details.
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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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Amid Maharashtra Covid spike, a mega wedding was attended by top netas. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BJP's Devendra Fadnavis and Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala reportedly attended the wedding. A case was reportedly registered against ex-MP Dhananjay Mahadik for the February 21 event in Pune. Covid rules were allegedly flouted at Mahadik's son's wedding programme. Meanwhile, Covid rules were also being ignored by general public in Mumbai. Huge crowds were reported at Mumbai's Crawford market on February 22. Maharashtra saw 5,200+ new cases, while Mumbai had 760+ on February 22. Maharashtra CM Thackeray has warned of 'second wave' of Covid. Watch the full video for more details.
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Even as Maharashtra sees a fresh uptick in new Covid cases, a mega wedding was held in state capital Mumbai. Over 200 people allegedly attended the event, with videos suggesting that social distancing norms were ignored. Police reportedly filed an FIR against Chhedanagar gymkhana and parents of the bride and groom. Meanwhile, the state health minister appealed to people to take precautions as Maharashtra can't afford another lockdown. Amravati has already announced lockdown for a week, while Pune has also declared curbs. Watch the full video for more.
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India dispatched consignments of SII's Covishield to Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius. India is sending Covid-19 vaccines as part of donation program to neighbours and key partners. Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal were also part of India's initial rollout of vaccines. In addition, India plans to supply vaccine doses to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Covishield's commercial supplies to countries having agreements with SII have also begun. Two flights are slated to carry two million doses each to Brazil and Morocco on Friday. India is carrying out vaccine diplomacy under its 'Neighbourhood First' policy. Last week, India launched the world's biggest Covid-19 vaccination drive across the country.
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Serum Institute of India's vaccine consignment arrived at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on January 22. The consignment containing COVID-19 vaccine will be dispatched to Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius.