Coronavirus live updates | States told to ramp up vaccination
PM Modi’s Principal Secretary Mr. P.K. Mishra has directed States/UTs to expand the capacity of vaccine administration by operationalising as many health facilities as possible as vaccination centres He also noted that administrations should ensure equitable and easy access to all.
According to a release issued by the Health Ministry Dr. Misra noted that beneficiaries should have convenient registration and this should be done by maximizing available slots on Co-WIN with all vaccination centrespublishing sessions for upto 4 weeks ahead.
Here are the latest updates:
Australia to complete vaccination programme by October
Australia’s pace of COVID-19 immunisation drive is not a cause for concern and the vaccination programme will be completed by the end of October, authorities said on Wednesday, as the country finished administering more than 100,000 first doses.
Australia last month began inoculating its 25 million population but the immunisation drive is running behind schedule as officials slowed vaccinations after two elderly people were inadvertently given four times the recommended dose.
“This is not a race, we have no burning platform in Australia. We are taking it as quickly and carefully and safely as we can,” Health Secretary Brendan Murphy told reporters.
“We’re not like the U.S. or the UK or most other countries in the world where they’ve got people in hospital dying. We can take our time, set up our systems, do it safely and carefully, we are expanding our rollout every day.”
Murphy said the country will finish the vaccination programme on time by the end of October despite the initial delays as the weekly dosage target is expected to reach 1 million by March-end when CSL Ltd begins to locally produce AstraZeneca doses.
Australia has secured about 54 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which Murphy called the “the workforce vaccine for Australia”, with 50 million to be locally produced.
Covaxin Phase-2 trials show vaccine safe
Covaxin, India’s indigenous COVID-19 vaccine, showed enhanced immune response as well as better reactogenicity (reaction symptoms) and safety outcomes in the phase 2 trial, interim results that have now been published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases said.
The publication comes days after Covaxin maker Bharat Biotech said the vaccine demonstrated an interim clinical efficacy of 81% in its later phase 3 clinical trial. Developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), it is a two dose vaccine, given 28 days apart.
Wear masks properly or get off plane: Delhi HC
Flight passengers who exhibit stubborn reluctance to wear their masks properly, could now get offloaded immediately or be placed in the “no-fly” list, as per a fresh guidelines issued by the Delhi High Court.
“It is made clear that masks should be worn as directed by governmental instructions, covering the nose and mouth, and not worn merely covering the mouth or below the chin,” Justice C. Hari Shankar ordered
No immediate lockdown in Mumbai: BMC
Despite a surge in COVID-19 cases, the situation in Mumbai is under control and there is no need to impose a lockdown now, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Chahal said on Tuesday.
According to civic officials, the spike in cases is a result of an increase in daily testing. The BMC has ramped up testing significantly from 11,000 to 15,000 tests conducted in January to over 20,000 at present. As many as 23,000 COVID-19 tests were conducted by the civic body on Monday.
Don’t take coercive steps on school fee row, HC tells govt.
The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday directed the State government not to take any coercive action against members of the Association of India Schools, affiliated to the CBSE and the ICSE, for any violation of the government’s order asking schools not to collect more than 70% of the tuition fee charged for the previous academic year.
Centre’s no to special classification of lawyers for vaccine procurement
The Centre on Tuesday informed the Delhi High Court that it is not desirable to create a special classification of lawyers for getting priority in Covid-19 vaccination.
“…the term frontline worker is used only for those citizens who are required to be directly exposed to the Covid infected patients,” the Centre said.
Last week, the High Court had asked the Centre to respond to the issue of vaccination of the members of the judiciary, the employees/ staff working in the Courts, as well as the advocates on priority and without limitations of their age or physical condition.
(With inputs from our Correspondents and agencies)