In view of COVID-19 vaccine shortage in the county, Rajasthan Transport Minister Pratap Khachariyawas on May 08 urged Centre to provide free vaccines for the people and said free COVID vaccine is the right of every citizen of this country and it should be given to all without any discussion. "People are gasping for oxygen and you (Centre) took control of oxygen management in your hands. If you can't manage then let the states manage on their own. Free vaccine is the right of every citizen of this country. It should be given to all without any discussion... They (Centre) have put GST on vaccines and started increasing prices of petrol and diesel after Bengal elections," said Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Khachariyawas on COVID situation in the country.
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Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on May 08 approved emergency use DRDO's anti-COVID drug which the agency said will be helpful in faster recovery of hospitalised patients. While speaking to ANI, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS-DRDO) scientists spoken about drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG). The drug will be of immense benefit to the people suffering from COVID-19.
Parents of a 5-month-old baby have managed to raise Rs 16 crore for a life saving injection that their boy needed through crowdfunding. Parents of Dhairyarajsinh Rathod were told their son would not survive as he suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type I. Only a Rs 16 cr injection could help.
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Mumbai City Corporation pressed into service tractor jetting machines modified to spray disinfectants in public floating areas in the city to control the spread of COVID-19. Mumbai reported 3,039 new COVID cases, 4,052 recoveries and 71 deaths on May 07. COVID caseload of the city stood at 6,71,394 with 49,499 active cases.
IPL's 'Mumbai Indians' team snapped at Kalinga Airport in Mumbai as they returned home after suspension of IPL due to surge in COVID-19 cases. Cricketer and son of Sachin Tendulkar, Arjun Tendulkar was also seen along with his teammates. BCCI decided to suspend the IPL tournament after several players tested positive for the virus. 'Mumbai Indians' had won 4 matches out of 7 played so far in the tournament.
Just two days ahead of the third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) jumbo COVID-19 vaccination center has run out of vaccine stock. The vaccination center is inactive. Boards reading 'Vaccine out of stock' were put up outside the BKC center on April 28. "It will open for vaccination as soon as the stock is replenished," Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. However, despite it being out of stock, people gathered in huge numbers outside the center. The vaccination drive at the vaccination center was earlier halted for the same reason on April 20. From May 1, the third phase of India's COVID vaccination drive will begin for all citizens of 18 years of age and above to get vaccines.
A 'Tika Utsav' or vaccine festival has begun across the country to inoculate maximum number of eligible people against the coronavirus on April 11. Elderly people arrived at BKC vaccination centre in Mumbai amid weekend lockdown. India will observe a four-day 'vaccine festival' in the country till April 14. The call for the vaccine festival was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Health Minister of Chhattisgarh, TS Singh Deo on May 08 said the state government will receive 3.50 lakh doses of Covishield today and the further vaccination will go on with this. "We received 1.50 lakh Covaxin doses from Bharat Biotech on May 1 and the vaccination is going on with that. We'll receive 3.50 lakh doses of Covishield today and the vaccination will further go on with this," Deo said media persons.
Union External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar attended a virtual conversation, called 'Global Dialogue Series' on May 05. He said, "Our vaccine production situation was different from many other countries. On what basis Covishield was being made in India? It's Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, you can say it's British-designed product. It was made in India as the vaccine owner saw India as an efficient production venue. Along with that the ability and approval to make in India, came an obligation to supply it to a large part of the world. So, people have to understand, it was not that vaccine production started in India, it was invented by an Indian, owned by an Indian, produced by an Indian." He further said, "It was a truly international collaboration. When there is an international collaboration, if somebody gave you a vaccine to make in India, then you have to do your part, otherwise, it doesn't work. It also came with support from the Covax initiative. So, there was an obligation to support the Covax initiative to give vaccines at a low cost to a number of nations."
Speaking on COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope on May 04 said, "Few centres were closed yesterday due to doses' shortage. Got 9 lakh vials today, to last for 2-3 days. 1 lakh inoculated so far in 18-44 age groups. Order placed for 18.5 lakh vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin).
While it must be understood that taking both doses of any vaccine whether it be Covishield, Covaxin or Sputnik, the ones that are available in India, are critical, here is what we know about one dose vaccine efficiency.
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Many people across the country are coming forward to help India in a fight against COVID-19. Mumbai-based businessman Ketan Rawal is providing his vanity vans to Mumbai Police for free to facilitate police personnel who are serving in scorching heat. Last year, he gave 19 vanity vans to Mumbai Police and this year he already gave 12 of his vans and is planning to give more vans. "I am also ready to provide vans to hospitals to add a number of beds there," Rawa said to ANI. Many people like him are stepping forward to help the needy people amid COVID pandemic.
BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis, has alleged that Mumbai Police on April 17 arrested a remdesivir supplier whom BJP had approached to supply the anti-viral drug to the state amid the surge in COVID cases. Fadnavis said, "Four days ago we had requested Bruck Pharma to supply us (Remdesivir) but they couldn't until permission was given. I spoke with Union Min Mansukh Mandviya and we got FDA's permission, but at about 9 pm, police arrested him (supplier)." LoP visited the police station where the supplier was held. "DCP told us that they received inputs that some exporters had 60,000 vials and wanted to verify the same. We showed them permission letter. He (DCP) said it wasn't communicated to them. Whatever happened was wrong," said Devendra Fadnavis.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said there is still a shortage of vaccine doses against Covid-19. He said Delhi needs 3 crore doses to inoculate all eligible beneficiaries within 3 months. Kejriwal urged the..
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine during a visit Friday to Cincinnati's West Side offered some speculation on a question many have been asking as COVID-19 vaccine supply begins to outpace demand. Can an employer..