Ambassadors of Paraguay and Costa Rica expressed their keenness on getting supply of Covaxin, the indigenous Covid-19 vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR. They also hailed India's initiative to supply vaccines to other countries as part of efforts to fight the Covid-19 crisis.
Fleming Duarte, Paraguay's Ambassador to India, said, “India is a supplier of vaccines to the world.
Vaccine diplomacy of India is working very well.
We are also requesting facilities in India to supply us a good quantity of doses, although it's very difficult.
India is doing its best to provide these vaccines.” Claudio Ansorena, Ambassador of Costa Rica also requested 10 million doses of COVAXIN for his country’s population.
He said, “Our request is placed with the foreign affairs ministry.
We hope that India will consider our request.” Watch the full video for more.
The Central Government has given permission to Haffkine Institute to produce Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. CM Uddhav Thackeray thanked PM Modi through a tweet by CM office, Maharashtra on April 15, "The Dept of Science and Technology, Government of India, has granted approval to Haffkine Institute to produce Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine on a transfer of technology basis. CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has thanked the Hon'ble PM Shri@narendramodi for approving this request."
Ambassador of Paraguay to India, Fleming Raul Duarte requested for supply of COVAXIN, the COVID-19 vaccine by Hyderabad-based 'Bharat Biotech' and also heaped praises on India for its vaccine diplomacy. "India is a very important supplier of vaccine in the world. Vaccine diplomacy is really well here. We are requesting India to supply us a good quantity of doses of vaccine. We have been requesting COVAXIN, launched by the Indian lab 'Bharat Biotech'. We are talking about at least 1.2 hundred million doses," said Fleming Raul Duarte.
Ambassador of Costa Rica to India, Claudio Ansorena, on March 17 informed that San Jose has made a request for around 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from New Delhi."We would like India to increase investment to Costa Rica. We would like to get vaccines for our population. But I understand the supply is restricted... A request has been placed. The population is 5 million, with 2 doses for each person, it would become 10 million doses," said Claudio Ansorena.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his second shot of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS, Delhi on April 08. He received the first dose of Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN on March 01. "I have given the second dose of COVAXIN to our Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. He spoke to us. It was a memorable moment for me as I got to meet him and vaccinate him," said Nisha Sharma, Nurse. "I am the vaccinator who gave the first dose of COVAXIN to PM Narendra Modi. Today, I got another opportunity to meet him and vaccinate him for the second time. I was elated again. He spoke to us, we even clicked pictures with him," said P Niveda, Nurse. The two nurses who administered COVID-19 vaccine to PM Narendra Modi at AIIMS, Delhi are-P Niveda from Puducherry and Nisha Sharma from Punjab.
COVID-19 situation continues to deteriorate across the country. Daily cases breached 2-lakh mark on third consecutive day on April 17 as India reported 2,34,692 new cases. Country's COVID caseload is at 1,45,26,609 with 16,79,740 active cases. 1,23,354 people were discharged in last 24 hours taking total recoveries to 1,26,71,220. With 1,341 new deaths, death toll has mounted to 1,75,649. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 26,49,72,022 samples tested for COVID-19. The COVID vaccination drive is underway across country. So far 11,99,37,641 COVID vaccine jabs have been inoculated.
COVID-19 situation continues to deteriorate across the country as there is no holding back to surge in cases. A day after daily cases breached 2-lakh mark, in April 15 India reported 2,17,353 new cases. Country's COVID caseload is at 1,42,91,917 with 15,69,743 active cases. 1,18,302 people were discharged in last 24 hours taking total recoveries to 1,25,47,866. With 1,185 new deaths, death toll has mounted to 1,74,308. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 26,34,76,625 samples tested for COVID-19. The COVID vaccination drive is underway across country. So far 11,72,23,509 COVID vaccine jabs have been inoculated.
After a comparative lull for a few months, the Covid virus seems to have returned with much more virulence. India is detecting more than double the number of daily cases than seen during the peak last year. Meanwhile, mass gatherings like political rallies and the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar have added to worries. The government however, is still keeping vaccination limited to those aged 45 years and above. As pressure on the healthcare system increases, many state governments have claimed shortage of oxygen, vaccines, and key drugs. In this backdrop, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan joins Kumkum Chadha to analyse the situation so far, and shed light on the government's strategy going forward.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the country, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi asked Centre to lower the COVID vaccine age eligibility to 25 and above. "India has already exported nearly 6.5 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries. Considering the highest infection rate in the world in our own country, shouldn't vaccine export be held back and priority given to our citizens? Government must reconsider its priority for vaccine candidates by reducing the immunisation eligibility age to 25 and also to those young people with at-risk health disorders like asthma, angina, diabetes, kidney and liver diseases," questioned Congress president.
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