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China has been slow to vaccinate its people relative to other countries, inoculating only 3.56% of its population of 1.4 billion so far, according to Zhong. (Representative Image)(AP)

China sets aim to vaccinate 40% of population by June

AP
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 09:58 PM IST
Developers of China’s four currently approved vaccines have said they could manufacture up to 2.6 billion doses by the end of this year. Still, vaccinating China’s massive population will be a daunting task.
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Valdes’s comments come amid optimism in the European tourism industry sparked by the announcement last week of the U.K.’s plan to lift all coronavirus related restrictions by June 21. (Unsplash)
Valdes’s comments come amid optimism in the European tourism industry sparked by the announcement last week of the U.K.’s plan to lift all coronavirus related restrictions by June 21. (Unsplash)

Spain to consider bilateral deals and travel corridors

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 07:53 PM IST
Spain is ready to consider bilateral deals and corridors “with third countries” if a solution on vaccine certificates cannot be reached at the European Union level, according to Tourism Secretary Fernando Valdes.
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BKC Jombo's timing for Covid-19 vaccination is from 9 am to 5 pm. Satish Bate/HT(Satish Bate/HT)
BKC Jombo's timing for Covid-19 vaccination is from 9 am to 5 pm. Satish Bate/HT(Satish Bate/HT)

Rajasthan begins second phase of Covid-19 vaccination

By Jaykishan Sharma, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 07:28 PM IST
  • Health secretary Siddharth Majahan said, “The vaccination is going on smoothly across the state. People are enthusiastic".
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In the initial days, vaccination will be only for online registered beneficiaries in urban and private facilities and both on-site and online in rural areas.(AP)
In the initial days, vaccination will be only for online registered beneficiaries in urban and private facilities and both on-site and online in rural areas.(AP)

Karnataka: Senior citizens, those with comorbidities to be jabbed from March 1

PTI, Bengaluru
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 07:39 PM IST
People aged 60 years and above and those between 45-59 years suffering from specific comorbidities, supported by a certificate by a registered medical practitioner, will be vaccinated.
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Huels added, "These results have implications for preventive and clinical management of Covid-19 patients with Down syndrome and emphasise the need to prioritise individuals with Down syndrome for vaccination." (Representative Image)(REUTERS)
Huels added, "These results have implications for preventive and clinical management of Covid-19 patients with Down syndrome and emphasise the need to prioritise individuals with Down syndrome for vaccination." (Representative Image)(REUTERS)

Those with genetic disorders should be prioritised during vaccination: Study

ANI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 05:33 PM IST
Investigators found that adults with Down syndrome were roughly three times more likely to die from Covid-19 than the general population.
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The government has made it mandatory for its eligible citizens to take the shot. As of Saturday, 1.47 million people have received their first dose of the Sinovac Biotech Ltd. vaccine, while over 900,000 have taken their second.(Bloomberg)
The government has made it mandatory for its eligible citizens to take the shot. As of Saturday, 1.47 million people have received their first dose of the Sinovac Biotech Ltd. vaccine, while over 900,000 have taken their second.(Bloomberg)

Grab Drive-Thru service to boost Indonesia's mass-inoculation drive

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 01:27 PM IST
The program, which started Sunday on the resort island of Bali, is the first to be done in Southeast Asia, Grab Indonesia President Ridzki Kramadibrata said in a virtual news briefing.
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A medic administers the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a frontline worker during a Covid-19 inoculation drive.(PTI)
A medic administers the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a frontline worker during a Covid-19 inoculation drive.(PTI)

Bihar to begin registration for 3rd phase of Covid-19 vaccination from March 1

By Ruchir Kumar, Patna
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 11:36 PM IST
  • Those who fail to turn up for vaccination after registration will have the option to re-register after cancelling the previous one.
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The government CVCs will inoculate for free with the central government bearing the full cost of vaccination..(PTI)
The government CVCs will inoculate for free with the central government bearing the full cost of vaccination..(PTI)

Which private hospitals are Covid-19 vaccine centres? Govt releases list

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Deepali Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 09:05 PM IST
Around 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS.
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The state government had conducted 67,484 Covid-19 tests on Saturday comprising 45,873 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 21,611 Rapid Antigen Tests.(PTI)
The state government had conducted 67,484 Covid-19 tests on Saturday comprising 45,873 RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 21,611 Rapid Antigen Tests.(PTI)

Delhi reports 243 new Covid-19 cases, 3 deaths; active caseload sees slight jump

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 08:59 PM IST
Active cases jumped from the 1,231 cases reported on Friday to 1,307 cases on Saturday.
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Researchers analysed results from thousands of Covid-19 tests carried out each week as part of hospital screenings of healthcare staff in Cambridge, eastern England.(Pixabay)
Researchers analysed results from thousands of Covid-19 tests carried out each week as part of hospital screenings of healthcare staff in Cambridge, eastern England.(Pixabay)

Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine reduces transmission after one dose: UK study

Reuters, London
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 06:56 PM IST
A single dose of Pfizer and BioNtech's Covid-19 vaccine cuts the number of asymptomatic infections and could significantly reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.
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Earlier, 57 members of the WTO supported India's proposal for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver on Covid-19 vaccines.(Samir Jana/HT File)
Earlier, 57 members of the WTO supported India's proposal for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver on Covid-19 vaccines.(Samir Jana/HT File)

US civil society groups, lawmakers press Biden to support India's TRIPS waiver

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:30 PM IST
India along with South Africa is at the forefront in a proposal introduced in October 2020.
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The administration also will encourage businesses to advocate for the benefits of masks and vaccines. (Representative Image)(Samir Jana/HT File)
The administration also will encourage businesses to advocate for the benefits of masks and vaccines. (Representative Image)(Samir Jana/HT File)

Biden administration to promote vaccination with businesses

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:46 PM IST
The White House will partner with the US Chamber of Commerce; leaders of the Black, Latino and Asian business community; the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers on the efforts, White House adviser Andy Slavitt announced in a briefing.
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Three methods of registration - advance self-registration via the CO-Win app, on-site registration and facilitated cohort registration were also explained to the states and UTs(Reuters)
Three methods of registration - advance self-registration via the CO-Win app, on-site registration and facilitated cohort registration were also explained to the states and UTs(Reuters)

Co-morbidity certificate must for Covid-19 vaccination of people above 45 years

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 07:20 PM IST
A new version of Co-WIN (2.0) will be unveiled which will have the option for self-registration.
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Vaccination passports: Digital travel pass likely available before summer(Photo by Charlotte Noelle on Unsplash)
Vaccination passports: Digital travel pass likely available before summer(Photo by Charlotte Noelle on Unsplash)

Vaccination passports: Digital travel pass likely available before summer

Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:17 AM IST
According to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, digital vaccination passports likely available before summer to allow people to travel in Europe despite the coronavirus pandemic
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Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have co-developed Covaxin, which is one of the two Covid-19 vaccines currently approved for use in India by the national drugs regulator. (REUTERS)
Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have co-developed Covaxin, which is one of the two Covid-19 vaccines currently approved for use in India by the national drugs regulator. (REUTERS)

Covid-19 vaccine at private centres to be expensive? AIIMS director explains

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 06:26 PM IST
Following the announcement, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Randeep Guleria said, the private vaccination centres "will allow people to come and get vaccinated the way they feel comfortable.
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New Delhi: Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar address a cabinet briefing in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)(PTI02_24_2021_000090B)(PTI)
New Delhi: Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar address a cabinet briefing in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)(PTI02_24_2021_000090B)(PTI)

Prez rule in Puducherry to vaccination drive: Key highlights of Cabinet meet

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 05:04 PM IST
  • From announcing the next phase of Covid-19 vaccination drive to approving President's rule in Puducherry, the ministers announced the Centre's new policy moves and administrative decisions.
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The health ministry wrote to these states and two more, asking them to speed up vaccinations. Experts say it is now a race against time for India to begin a wave of vaccinations that will beat that of infections. (Representative Image) (HT file)
The health ministry wrote to these states and two more, asking them to speed up vaccinations. Experts say it is now a race against time for India to begin a wave of vaccinations that will beat that of infections. (Representative Image) (HT file)

A race against time: Vaccine drive needs boost amid spike

By Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:48 AM IST
Data shows that the seven-day average of new cases across India dropped to its lowest on February 11, when it touched 10,988, but it has shown a sustained increase since then to reach 12,971 on Monday – a rise of 18%.
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Last month, the MEA announced that India plans to supply 1 crore or 10 million vaccine doses to Africa and 10 lakh to United Nations health workers under GAVI's COVAX facility.(Reuters)
Last month, the MEA announced that India plans to supply 1 crore or 10 million vaccine doses to Africa and 10 lakh to United Nations health workers under GAVI's COVAX facility.(Reuters)

India commences supply of Covid-19 vaccines to Africa under Covax facility

ANI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 08:16 PM IST
"Fulfilling our commitment to help the world with Covid-19 vaccines, supplies of Made in India vaccine commence today for Africa under Covax facility," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava tweeted.
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Representational image. (PTI)
Representational image. (PTI)

Covid vaccination: People over 60 likely to be allowed to self-register

By Deeksha Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:51 AM IST
The upgraded mobile application designed for the vaccination drive will also allow the users, who are travelling, to pick a different centre if needed for the second dose.
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Representative Image.(AFP)
Representative Image.(AFP)
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“Currently the system was warming up to check functioning of the software. Now that it has been proven that the software is able to handle the load, it is just a matter of time before the numbers are scaled up,” said Dr NK Arora, member, National Task Force, on Covid-19 vaccine related initiatives. (Representative Image)(AFP)
“Currently the system was warming up to check functioning of the software. Now that it has been proven that the software is able to handle the load, it is just a matter of time before the numbers are scaled up,” said Dr NK Arora, member, National Task Force, on Covid-19 vaccine related initiatives. (Representative Image)(AFP)

India plans to speed up vaccine jabs as second Covid-19 wave looms

By Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:47 AM IST
The move is meant to speed up the process when the next and the largest cohort of recipients — members of the general public who are at greater risk due to their age and existing illnesses — begin to be covered.
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TOPSHOT - A medical worker prepares to administer a dose of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine to a municipal worker at a vaccination centre in New Delhi on February 22, 2021, as India's coronavirus cases passed 11 million. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP)(AFP)
TOPSHOT - A medical worker prepares to administer a dose of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine to a municipal worker at a vaccination centre in New Delhi on February 22, 2021, as India's coronavirus cases passed 11 million. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP)(AFP)

More than 300,000 beneficiaries vaccinated against Covid-19 in Delhi

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 10:20 PM IST
Of these, more than 1.35 lakh are healthcare workers and over 1.71 lakh frontline workers, as per the data.
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Vaccination passport: Air New Zealand to trial digital travel pass amid Covid-19(Photo by Sébastien Goldberg on Unsplash)
Vaccination passport: Air New Zealand to trial digital travel pass amid Covid-19(Photo by Sébastien Goldberg on Unsplash)

Vaccination passport: Air New Zealand to trial digital travel pass amid Covid-19

AFP
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 05:16 PM IST
  • For restarting international travel as global vaccine rollouts get underway, Air New Zealand to trial digital Covid 'vaccination passport'
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Almost 874,000 health care workers have received their second shot as well. The government had identified nearly 10 million health care workers for the programme. (Representative Image)(PTI Photo)
Almost 874,000 health care workers have received their second shot as well. The government had identified nearly 10 million health care workers for the programme. (Representative Image)(PTI Photo)

63.5% health staff get shots, govt says drive to run another 5 days

By Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 02:36 AM IST
According to the Union health ministry, 10.8 million doses have been administered across the country, with 6.35 million health care workers receiving at least one shot of the vaccine till Saturday evening.
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With no vaccination drive on Sunday, this effectively left just four days for around 120,000 health care professionals in Delhi who are yet to get the shot. (Representative Image)(REUTERS/File Photo)
With no vaccination drive on Sunday, this effectively left just four days for around 120,000 health care professionals in Delhi who are yet to get the shot. (Representative Image)(REUTERS/File Photo)

Only 50% covered, Delhi may continue jabs for health staff

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 12:58 AM IST
As per the Centre’s guideline all states were to freeze the immunisation for healthcare workers by February 20 and allow for an additional five-day period for a “mop up” round to immunise as many as possible.
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As per the government’s provisional data, 10.44 million doses had been administered by Friday evening. (Representative Image) (ANI Photo)
As per the government’s provisional data, 10.44 million doses had been administered by Friday evening. (Representative Image) (ANI Photo)

India administers 10 million vaccine doses, second quickest drive in world

By Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 06:27 AM IST
India began inoculating people to fight the pandemic on January 16 and was administering doses at the fastest pace for weeks, before lingering hesitancy among some people and technical glitches meant the pace was overtaken by the United States.
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US President Joe Biden wears a protective mask during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (Bloomberg)
US President Joe Biden wears a protective mask during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (Bloomberg)

Biden to visit Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine plant as US shots accelerate

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 01:20 PM IST
Biden’s visit will be just his second trip away from the East Coast since taking office last month, following a Tuesday appearance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at a CNN town hall.
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Medical experts said aged people with comorbidities or some other kind of illnesses should be given preference for vaccination(REUTERS)
Medical experts said aged people with comorbidities or some other kind of illnesses should be given preference for vaccination(REUTERS)

UP prepares for Covid-19 vaccination of elderly population

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 11:51 AM IST
  • The director general of family welfare department Dr Dubey said the authorities will soon get the guideline for vaccination of the elderly.
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On Thursday, at least 2,002 of the 2,881 targeted healthcare workers took the second jab. In picture - Vinay Pratap Singh, Commissioner of Municipal Corporation Gurugram (MCG) getting Covid-19 vaccine.(ANI)
On Thursday, at least 2,002 of the 2,881 targeted healthcare workers took the second jab. In picture - Vinay Pratap Singh, Commissioner of Municipal Corporation Gurugram (MCG) getting Covid-19 vaccine.(ANI)

Footfall remains low for first and second dose vaccinations

By Archana Mishra, Gurugram
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 05:44 PM IST
"Only 13,000 front-line workers of 18,000 have been inoculated till now. In case of healthcare workers, only 2371 of the 24,000 have taken the second jab,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer.
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Two other vaccines – Russia's Sputnik V and one made by India’s Bharat Biotech - are waiting to be cleared by the government.(Reuters)
Two other vaccines – Russia's Sputnik V and one made by India’s Bharat Biotech - are waiting to be cleared by the government.(Reuters)

Nepal approves Chinese Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, to get 500,000 doses

Reuters, Kathmandu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 01:00 PM IST
The move paves the way for China to donate 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to Nepal.
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