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Wrap up: All you need to know
- India reports 15,968 new COVID-19 cases, 17,817 discharges and 202 deaths in last 24 hours,
- US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300
- Covaxin shipped to 11 cities in India- Bharat Biotech
- Mumbai airport delivers 2,74,400 doses of Covishield vaccine to 22 cities
- Delhi schools to reopen from 18th January for classes 10 & 12 only
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is to hold a review meeting tomorrow at 11 am with heads of the Health Department, heads of all major hospitals, & all District Magistrates
UK hits grim record of 1,564 daily COVID-19 deaths
The UK on Wednesday hit a grim record of 1,564 daily death toll of people dying within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus, the worst figure since the pandemic hit last year, taking the country’s death tally from the deadly virus to 84,767.
Turkey approves China-based Sinovac vaccine’s emergency use
Turkish authorities have given the go-ahead for the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotch Ltd., paving the way for the rollout for Turkey’s vaccination program starting with health care workers and other high-risk groups.
Uttarakhand receives 1,13,000 doses of Covishield vaccine
Ahead of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16, the first batch of 1,13,000 doses of Covishield vaccine from Serum Institute of India (SII) arrived at Dehradun airport on Wednesday.
Manipur CM receives COVID-19 vaccine at airport
Manipur Chief Minister N BirenSingh on Wednesday received the Covishield vaccine at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport here, shortly after a plane carrying 54,000 doses reached the northeastern state. Singh said the first phase of vaccination for health workers would begin on January 16 along with the rest of India.
US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300
The nation’s overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is closing in fast on the number of Americans killed in World War II, or about 407,000. Confirmed infections have topped 22.8 million.
Full initial procurement amount of 1.65 cr doses of Covishield & Covaxin vaccines allocated to all States/UTs in the proportion of health care workers database. There is no question of discrimination against any State in the allocation of vaccine doses: Ministry of Health
First consignment of COVID-19 vaccination reaches Jammu. “We’ll launch the vaccination drive on Jan 16. This is first time that such an activity will be undertaken for the general mass. Usually, such things are done for paediatric groups”
– Director of Health Services, Jammu
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal meets family of doctor Hitesh Gupta who died due to COVID-19, provides financial assistance of Rs 1 crore
Herd immunity produced by vaccination is a good idea but when virus mutates, immunity might not be working against it even if it is a drift. Indian program has taken smart vaccination approach, rather than mass vaccination approach
– Dr Samiran Panda, Scientist G & Head of ECD division, ICMR
The vaccine that India has developed (Covaxin) presents to the immune system a wide array of antigens, so the immunity which will be produced after vaccination is expected to address the mutants as well
– Dr Samiran Panda, Scientist G & Head of ECD division, ICMR
Putin orders mass coronavirus vaccinations in Russia from next week
Russia has imposed no broad lockdown during the second wave of infections that began in September and officials have said that targeted restrictions are enough to curb the virus.
While SII moved about 56 lakh doses of Covishield to 13 cities, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech said it had successfully transported the indigenous Covaxin, developed in collaboration with the ICMR and the National Institute of Virology, to 11 cities. It said it has donated 16.5 lakh doses to the Centre.
India’s drive against COVID-19 gathered momentum on Wednesday with planes carrying vaccines flying into airports across the country from where the precious cargo was dispatched to small cities and towns in readiness for the inoculation exercise beginning January 16.
Mumbai airport delivers 2,74,400 doses of Covishield vaccine to 22 cities
The Mumbai airport on Wednesday said it is facilitating the delivery of about 2,72,400 doses of the Covishield vaccine to 22 domestic destinations on the first of commencement of flights carrying COVID-19 vaccines from the city.
Japan widens virus emergency for 7 more areas as cases surge
Prime Minister Yoshide Suga also said Japan will suspend fast-track entry exceptions for business visitors or others with residency permits, fully banning foreign visitors while the state of emergency is in place.
Colleges can prevent 96% of COVID-19 infections with common measures
The combined effectiveness of three COVID-prevention strategies on college campuses–mask-wearing, social distancing, and routine testing–are as effective in preventing coronavirus infections as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a new study.
Singapore says ramping up COVID-19 vaccination drive
More than 6,000 people in Singapore have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the health ministry said on Wednesday, with numbers expected to rise substantially in the coming weeks as the city-state ramps up its immunisation drive.
Transported 3.5 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines to 11 cities on Wednesday: SpiceJet
The carrier said its freighter flight SG7555 operating from Hyderabad to Bengaluru took-off at 8.50 AM on Wednesday with a consignment of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin weighing 90 kg. It landed in Bengaluru at 10.23 am.
There are 1 crore 60 lakh health care workers in Punjab. We have received 2.04 lakh doses of the vaccine. All those who register on our portal will be given the vaccine for free
– Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu
We’ve strength of over 80,000 Delhi Police personnel. 70% data has been uploaded on CoWIN portal, rest will be uploaded today. People over 50 yrs of age will be given priority. They’d receive COVID-19 vaccination date, time & centre via SMS
– Muktesh Chander, Special CP operations
Serum Institute dispatches over 90 per cent vaccines ordered by govt
The Government of India had placed an order for 11 million doses from the SII earlier at a price of Rs 200 per dose (only for first 11 million doses).
First batch of 94,000 doses of Covishield vaccine reaches MP
- The first consignment of about 94,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine reached the Bhopal airport in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, a state government official said.
- The batch of the vaccine doses arrived at the Raja Bhoj Airport in a scheduled flight from Mumbai, said the official of the Public Relations Department.
While the records of children coming to school be maintained, the same should not be used for attendance purpose as sending the child to school is completely optional for parents
– Government of Delhi
Delhi schools to reopen from 18th January for classes 10 & 12 only
In order to conduct activities pertaining to pre-board preparation & practical work, the Govt and Govt aided/unaided schools may call students of Class 10 and 12 only to school from 18th January. The child should be called to school only with the consent of parents: Govt of Delhi
Covaxin shipped to 11 cities in India- Bharat Biotech
After having received the government purchase order for 55 lakh doses, Bharat Biotech shipped the first batch of vaccines (each vial containing 20 doses) to Gannavaram (Vijayawada), Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Kurukshetra, Bangalore, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai and Lucknow.
Novel coronavirus may resemble common cold in future, scientists predict
- SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, may resemble the mild cold-causing coronaviruses that currently circulate in humans if it becomes endemic and most people are exposed in childhood, according to a study.
- The analysis of the immunological and epidemiological data for these viruses helped the researchers to develop a model to predict the trajectory of SARS-CoV-2 as it becomes endemic, when the virus circulates in the general population.
I request everyone to not spread misinformation about Covid vaccine. I had appealed to Central govt that COVID vaccination should be provided free of cost to all. If Centre does not do it and a need arises, the vaccine will be provided for free to people of Delhi: CM Kejriwal
Delhi CM visited the family of Dr Hitesh Gupta who lost his life in the line of COVID-19 duty
Delhi CM visited the family of Dr Hitesh Gupta who lost his life in the line of #COVID19 duty “We had started a sc… https://t.co/9WdUCAM57M
— ANI (@ANI) 1610524617000
During vaccination in 1st phase, the frontline workers must carry either Aadhar card, Voter ID card, PAN card or passbook with their photo printed on it as an identity proof. One must first get registered on CoWIN app and then carry these IDs: BMC Additional Commissioner
Either govt shouldn’t roll out Covaxin till its efficacy & reliability is completely established & Phase 3 trials are over. It should act in a manner whereby there’s complete confidence in people. You can’t use rollout as Phase 3 trial, Indians are not guinea pigs: Manish Tewari
Covaxin was licensed by govt for emergency use. Now govt is saying that the recipient won’t be able to pick and choose the vaccine which he’s administered to. When phase 3 trials of Covaxin is not complete, it raises various concerns on its efficacy: Manish Tewari, Congress MP
Africa secures close to 300 million vaccine doses: Official
- The African Union has secured close to 300 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in the largest such agreement yet for Africa, a continental official said.
- The 300 million doses are being secured independently of the global COVAX effort aimed at distributing COVID-19 vaccines to lower-income countries.
China sees spike in coronavirus cases ahead of WHO team visit to probe COVID-19 origins
- China’s COVID-19 cases crossed the 100-mark for the first time in recent months, ahead of Thursday’s visit of the WHO team to Wuhan to probe the origins of the coronavirus.
- The number of coronavirus cases in China climbed to 115 on Tuesday, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Wednesday, adding that 107 of the infections were locally transmitted and the rest arrived from outside.
- Of the locally transmitted cases, 90 were reported in north China’s Hebei Province, which neighbours Beijing; 16 in Heilongjiang Province and one in Shanxi Province, the NHC said.
- As of Tuesday, China reported a total of 87,706 COVID-19 cases and 4,634 deaths due to the virus.
Long queues of people seen outside a film theatre in Madurai
Tamil Nadu: Long queues of people seen outside a film theatre in Madurai earlier today. The State govt recently r… https://t.co/yZrNIjh7cR
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Film theatres reopened in Kerala today, months after being closed in the wake of COVID
Kerala: Film theatres reopened in the state today, months after being closed in the wake of #COVID19 pandemic. Visu… https://t.co/LHIxs2fCW3
— ANI (@ANI) 1610521630000
A consignment of Covishield arrives at Bhopal airport
Madhya Pradesh: A consignment of Covid-19 vaccine Covishield arrived at Bhopal airport from Serum Institute of Indi… https://t.co/u61w9kzxJD
— ANI (@ANI) 1610518591000
Goa has received 2350 vials with 10 doses each, totaling 23500 shots of COVID-19 vaccine, today morning. The vaccines are being stored appropriately by the authorities, and would be distributed to all centres 24 hours prior to vaccination day: Goa CM Dr Pramod Sawant
The Indian government has so far ordered 110 lakh doses from Serum Institute of India (SII) and 55 lakh doses from Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech that will reach various centres by Jan 14
– Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan
Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said SII will be providing its vaccine at Rs 200 per dose and Covaxin would cost Rs 295 per dose excluding taxes
Mumbai receives over 1.39 lakh Covishield vaccine doses: BMC
- Mumbai received over 1.39 lakh doses of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield, from the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) early Wednesday morning, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.
- This first batch of doses will be delivered across the city at designated vaccination centers for the inoculation drive set to begin on January 16, the BMC said in a statement. The civic body said it received 1,39,500 doses of the Covishield vaccine from the SII around 5.30 am.
India reports 15,968 new COVID-19 cases, 17,817 discharges and 202 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry
- Total cases: 1,04,95,147
- Active cases: 2,14,507
- Total discharges: 1,01,29,111
- Death toll: 1,51,529
First consignment of Covaxin by Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech, arrives at IGI Airport, Delhi
Delhi: The first consignment of #Covaxin by Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech, arrives at Indira Gandhi International… https://t.co/V3jnyhXbbo
— ANI (@ANI) 1610511071000
Three boxes of Covaxin being taken to Kurukshetra in Haryana
Delhi: Three boxes of #Covaxin being taken to Kurukshetra in Haryana. The first consignment of the #CovidVaccine b… https://t.co/WJCt1kJdSs
— ANI (@ANI) 1610511761000
A total of 331 new COVID-19 cases, 394 discharges and 3 deaths reported in Telangana yesterday, says State Health Department
- Total positive cases: 2,90,640
- Total recoveries: 2,84,611
- Active cases: 4,458
- Death toll: 1,571
Active COVID-19 cases in the country stand at 2,14,507 while 1,01,29,111 people have recovered from the disease: Union Health Ministry
Single day rise of 15,968 new COVID-19 cases, 202 fatalities push India’s virus caseload to 1,04,95,147, death toll to 1,51,529: Govt
First consignment of Covishield by Serum Institute arrived in Goa
The first consignment of #Covishield by Serum Institute of India arrived in Goa at 6:22 am today. The two boxes rec… https://t.co/Rlnbq2epxE
— ANI (@ANI) 1610509991000
With 4 new cases, Mizoram’s COVID-19 tally reaches 4,303
With four new COVID-19 cases reported in Mizoram, the total caseload in the state reached 4,303 on Wednesday, informed the Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR), Mizoram.
Maharashtra receives 9.63 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield
- Maharashtra has received over 9 lakh lakhs doses of COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ from the Serum Institute of India (SII).
- “A total of 9.63 lakh doses have been received for Maharashtra from Serum Institute of India. All doses were received by the health department at Pune on Tuesday night and from there they were distributed to different cities and districts of Maharashtra,” said the state health department.
- The National Cold Chain Centre, Pune is the center point for Maharashtra where vaccines will be stored and then being distributed to different districts and Municipal Corporations by the health department, the department said.
- The first consignment of 1,39,500 doses of Covishield vaccine arrived in Mumbai, earlier this morning.
- The vaccine was brought to Mumbai from Pune in a special vehicle of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
A total of 18,34,89,114 samples tested for COVID-19 till 12th January, of which 8,36,227 samples were tested yesterday: India Council of Medical Research
Air India carries first consignment of Bharat Biotech Covid vaccine from Hyderabad to Delhi
- The first consignment of Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech is being carried via flight from Hyderabad to Delhi on Wednesday.
- 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”.
Total 9.63-lakh doses have been received for Maharashtra from Serum Institute of India. All doses were received by Health Dept at Pune last night and from there they were distributed to different cities/districts of the state: Maharashtra Health Department
Covishield arrived safely at State Vaccination Center, Shillong
35,000 doses of #Covishield have arrived safely at State Vaccination Center, Shillong. This will set in motion the… https://t.co/wS7s2UthqA
— ANI (@ANI) 1610506345000
Centre to buy 70 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for its first vaccination phase
- The government has already placed an order for 11 million doses from Serum Institute. In addition, 550,000 doses have been ordered from Bharat Biotech
- The order to Pune-based Serum Institute is priced at ₹220 for one dose of the injection and that to Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech is at ₹309, inclusive of taxes
27.7 mn doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed, 9.3 mn administered: U.S. CDC
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered 9,327,138 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Tuesday morning and distributed 27,696,150 doses.
- The tally of vaccine doses distributed and the number of people who received the first dose are for both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech, vaccines as of 9:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
- According to the tally, the agency had administered 8,987,322 first doses of the vaccines and distributed 25,480,725 doses.
- A total of 4,385,175 vaccine doses were distributed for use in long-term care facilities and 951,774 people in the facilities got their first dose.
US states told to vaccinate everyone 65 and over as deaths surge
The Trump administration, racing a surging COVID-19 death toll, instructed states on Tuesday to immediately begin vaccinating every American 65 and older, as well as tens of millions of adults with medical conditions that put them at higher risk of dying from coronavirus infection.
California COVID surge shows early signs of leveling off
California’s deadly surge in COVID-19 infections is showing early signs of leveling off after besieging hospitals, morgues and ambulance services for weeks, but the crisis remains far from over, the state’s top health official said.
Puducherry CM writes to PM Modi to allow politicians to get Covid vaccine in first phase
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said that he had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to allow political party leaders, ministers and legislators to be vaccinated in the first phase of the nationwide inoculation drive against Covid-19.