Coronavirus: Punjab decides to join global COVAX facility to source vaccine shots
Punjab on Thursday became the first state to decide to join the global COVAX facility to source immunisation shots at the best price. COVAX or the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access is a worldwide initiative aimed at providing equitable access to anti-Covid vaccines.
The Centre on Thursday said that Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine had arrived in India and would be available “in the market next week”. NITI Aayog (Health) member Dr VK Paul said that the “sale of the limited supply that has come from Russia will begin next week”.
The gap between the first and second doses of the Covishield Covid-19 vaccine may be increased to 12 to 16 weeks, the Centre said. The interval of the dosage for Covaxin remained at four to six weeks. This came after reports said that a government panel had made this recommendation.
India on Thursday registered 3,62,727 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the country to 2,37,03,665 since the pandemic broke out in January last year. With 4,120 deaths, the toll climbed to 2,58,317. The number of active cases in the country stood at 37,10,525.
Globally, the coronavirus has now infected over 16 crore people and killed more than 33.26 lakh since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University. Over 9.58 crore people have recovered from the infection.
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