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Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield is being manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute.(REUTERS)

Madras HC notice to Centre, SII after Covishield trial candidate alleges side ef

By Divya Chandrababu, Chennai
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 08:39 PM IST
  • the Chennai-based businessman stated that he had volunteered for the clinical trial and suffered from severe side effects after receiving the first dose.
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India had administered 10,188,007 Covid-19 vaccines as of 8am on Friday, according to the Union health ministry.(Reuters)
India had administered 10,188,007 Covid-19 vaccines as of 8am on Friday, according to the Union health ministry.(Reuters)

India second-fastest to complete 10 million Covid-19 vaccinations: Govt

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 03:28 PM IST
“India took 34 days to achieve the landmark feat of 1 crore vaccinations, the second-fastest in the world,” the health ministry tweeted.
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A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN.(REUTERS)
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN.(REUTERS)

No data Indian vaccines' efficacy against SA, Brazilian variants: Scientists

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 06:34 PM IST
Answering the question uppermost in many minds, researcher Deepak Sehgal said it is difficult to say how effective the two will be against the new emerging variants, particularly the South African and Brazilian ones, unless scientists have studied them properly.
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The state-level committee consists of specialist doctors and other members and will investigate every adversarial event after the vaccination.(Representative image/Reuters )
The state-level committee consists of specialist doctors and other members and will investigate every adversarial event after the vaccination.(Representative image/Reuters )

State-level committee to probe death of ASI who died after Covid-19 vaccination

UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 01:05 AM IST
  • The government claimed that the concerned department had administered the same batch of Covishield vaccine to nine others who are in good health.
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India’s vaccine delivery is expected to bring some optimism to the ties between the two countries which witnessed friction after Trudeau, in December 2020, conveyed his support to the ongoing farmers’ protest in Delhi.(Reuters)
India’s vaccine delivery is expected to bring some optimism to the ties between the two countries which witnessed friction after Trudeau, in December 2020, conveyed his support to the ongoing farmers’ protest in Delhi.(Reuters)

‘I’m on it’: SII’s Adar Poonawalla assures Covid-19 vaccine supply to Canada

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2021 02:44 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured Covid-19 vaccine supplies sought by Canada in a call with PM Trudeau.
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According to people aware of the development, the request from Ottawa was approved last week.(PTI File Photo)
According to people aware of the development, the request from Ottawa was approved last week.(PTI File Photo)

Trudeau's call to PM Modi: India to give 5 lakh doses of Covid vaccine to Canada

UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 12:04 PM IST
South Block has also taken the decision to supply vaccine to armed force of neighbouring countries on military to military basis.
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A healthcare worker takes a photograph of a police officer with his vaccination card after administering Covid-19 vaccine.(AP)
A healthcare worker takes a photograph of a police officer with his vaccination card after administering Covid-19 vaccine.(AP)

Covid-19: How India became the fastest country to vaccinate 7 million people

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 11, 2021 08:59 PM IST
The ministry of health and family welfare said that more than 7.4 million people have received the shots as of February 11, 2021, under the nationwide immunisation exercise.
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Talking about the visit, the Member of Parliament from South West Norfolk had earlier told Livemint that SII will produce more than a billion doses of the UK developed Oxford vaccine, helping to save lives in the country and beyond
Talking about the visit, the Member of Parliament from South West Norfolk had earlier told Livemint that SII will produce more than a billion doses of the UK developed Oxford vaccine, helping to save lives in the country and beyond

UK delegation visits Serum institute, talks held on enhancing relationship

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 05:09 PM IST
  • Elizabeth Truss is on a four-day visit to India for talks with Piyush Goyal towards an “enhanced trade partnership”. After concluding her visit to the facility at Pune, Truss tweeted that SII will also be producing 1.3 billion doses for the COVAX alliance to which UK has committed £548 million.
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Nepal began its nationwide inoculation drive after receiving one million Covishield vaccines, manufactured by the SII from the Indian government.(AP)
Nepal began its nationwide inoculation drive after receiving one million Covishield vaccines, manufactured by the SII from the Indian government.(AP)

After receiving Indian Covid-19 vaccines, Nepal concludes phase-1 of vaccination

ANI, Kathmandu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 06:52 PM IST
Frontline workers including health and sanitation workers were given priority in inoculations.
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The government had on January 11 placed an order for 1.1 crore doses of Covishield at a cost of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>231 crore, which has now risen to <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>441 crore with the second order placed on Wednesday.(Reuters)
The government had on January 11 placed an order for 1.1 crore doses of Covishield at a cost of 231 crore, which has now risen to 441 crore with the second order placed on Wednesday.(Reuters)

Government places second PO with SII for 1 crore doses of Covishield vaccine

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 11:54 PM IST
The HLL Lifecare Limited, a public sector undertaking, on behalf of the Union health ministry issued the supply order in the name of Prakash Kumar Singh, Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at Serum Institute of India (SII).
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Of the 8,576 new Covid-19 cases reported on Monday, Kerala accounted for 3,459 and Maharashtra for 1,948.(Bloomberg Photo )
Of the 8,576 new Covid-19 cases reported on Monday, Kerala accounted for 3,459 and Maharashtra for 1,948.(Bloomberg Photo )

Over four million workers administered Covid-19 dose

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 06:04 AM IST
As many as 170,585 workers received the jab on Tuesday alone till 7pm, the government data stated.
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“Two or more vaccines are expected soon, and I allot <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>35,000 crore for Covid-19 vaccines in 2021-22, and [am] committed to providing more funds, if required,” said Nirmala Sitharaman.(Bloomberg)
“Two or more vaccines are expected soon, and I allot 35,000 crore for Covid-19 vaccines in 2021-22, and [am] committed to providing more funds, if required,” said Nirmala Sitharaman.(Bloomberg)

Covid-19 vaccines given a special 35k cr allocation

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2021 02:30 AM IST
This is the first time the government has announced monetary commitment at this scale and, back-of-the-envelope calculations showed, it could be enough to buy 1-1.5 billion doses.
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The tussle between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and its main challenger in the coming assembly polls (ANI Photo)
The tussle between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and its main challenger in the coming assembly polls (ANI Photo)

News updates from HT: Mamata says Union budget 'anti-farmer and anti-India'

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 08:59 PM IST
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SII had told the court that the two companies operate in different product categories and there is no scope for confusion over the trademark.(Reuters)
SII had told the court that the two companies operate in different product categories and there is no scope for confusion over the trademark.(Reuters)

Relief for SII as court rejects trademark-violation plea over `Covishield'

PTI, Pune
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 11:38 PM IST
On January 4, Cutis-Biotech, a pharmacertical firm, filed a suit in the civil court claiming it was a prior user of the brandname Covishield, and sought to restrain SII from using the name.
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Covaxin has shown it can trigger antibodies among vaccinated people, it is still not proven to be effective in preventing Covid-19 since it has not progressed as far along as the other vaccines.(Reuters)
Covaxin has shown it can trigger antibodies among vaccinated people, it is still not proven to be effective in preventing Covid-19 since it has not progressed as far along as the other vaccines.(Reuters)

Vaccine neutralises UK strain: Covaxin makers

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 06:12 AM IST
  • Researchers from Bharat Biotech and ICMR’s National Institute of Virology carried out lab tests that showed antibodies triggered by the vaccine neutralised the new variant almost as well as it did the old virus.
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As of Monday, India distributed about 2 million shots nationwide.(HT Photo/ RajkRaj)
As of Monday, India distributed about 2 million shots nationwide.(HT Photo/ RajkRaj)

India’s unusual Covid vaccine problem: Shots in abundance, but few takers

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:39 AM IST
As of Monday, only about 56% of people eligible to get the shot have stepped forward in a nation with the world’s second-worst Covid-19 outbreak.
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A motorist passes by a mural of frontline workers against coronavirus at RK Puram in New Delhi on July 25. Delhi’s Covid-19 recoveries have outstripped new cases on almost all days this month barring a few exceptions, after ramped-up containment and testing efforts over the past month or so. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)
A motorist passes by a mural of frontline workers against coronavirus at RK Puram in New Delhi on July 25. Delhi’s Covid-19 recoveries have outstripped new cases on almost all days this month barring a few exceptions, after ramped-up containment and testing efforts over the past month or so. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Covid-19: Delhi's daily Covid-19 tally drops to 157

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 07:23 PM IST
157 fresh cases were detected from the 64,973 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, according to Delhi government's health department. Out of these, 36,236 were RT-PCR tests and 28,737 antigen. The death toll reached 10,820 after seven more fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours.
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Sri Lanka on Friday approved emergency use of Oxford AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.(Reuters)
Sri Lanka on Friday approved emergency use of Oxford AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.(Reuters)

Sri Lanka thanks India for sending coronavirus vaccine

PTI, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 05:15 PM IST
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told the Cabinet that the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo informed that India would be sending 500,000 vaccines to Sri Lanka and they will arrive here on January 28.
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Indonesia’s Indofarma company is in talks with the SII to procure Covishield. “Hopefully, this will be realised soon,” said a person aware of the discussions.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Indonesia’s Indofarma company is in talks with the SII to procure Covishield. “Hopefully, this will be realised soon,” said a person aware of the discussions.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Countries seek doses of SII’s Covishield after concerns over Chinese vaccine

UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 02:14 PM IST
India is receiving numerous requests for vaccines, both as grant assistance and commercial supplies, and these have increased since New Delhi rolled out nearly five million doses of Covishield, the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India, for seven countries in the neighbourhood.
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Additional secretary in the Union ministry of health and family welfare Manohar Agnani said in the last 24 hours another death following vaccination has been recorded in Gurugram(PTI)
Additional secretary in the Union ministry of health and family welfare Manohar Agnani said in the last 24 hours another death following vaccination has been recorded in Gurugram(PTI)

None of the deaths preceded by inoculation linked to Covid-19 vaccination

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 11:00 PM IST
Additional secretary of the union health ministry Manohar Agnani, said on Saturday that a total of 11 hospitalisations have been recorded following immunizations, taking the percentage of hospitalization against vaccination to 0.0007%.
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Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had earlier told the country's parliament that SII would supply a million doses of the vaccine to South Africa by the end of January and a further 500,000 in February.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had earlier told the country's parliament that SII would supply a million doses of the vaccine to South Africa by the end of January and a further 500,000 in February.

South Africa's regulatory body approves Serum Institute of India's vaccine

PTI, Johannesburg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 08:41 PM IST
  • Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Friday that approval has been granted to SII, to supply vaccines to the country. The approval comes amid growing concerns that the 1.5 million vaccine doses to be shipped to South Africa in the next few weeks had not been approved by the local regulator.
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“I am urgently soliciting the assistance of your Government to have access to 200,000 doses (for 100,000 citizens) of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine being manufactured in your country," she wrote.(Facebook/@SupportMiaMottley)
“I am urgently soliciting the assistance of your Government to have access to 200,000 doses (for 100,000 citizens) of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine being manufactured in your country," she wrote.(Facebook/@SupportMiaMottley)

Barbados PM writes to PM Modi seeking 2 lakh doses of Covishield

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 06:51 PM IST
Under the Vaccine Maitri commitment, India has already been shipping consignments of Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in India - Covishield, and Covaxin by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech - to its neighbours.
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Tezpur: A worker arranges boxes containing Covishield vaccine doses for their dispatch across the Sonitpur district, in Tezpur, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. A countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive is set to rollout from January 16, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_15_2021_000220B)(PTI)
Tezpur: A worker arranges boxes containing Covishield vaccine doses for their dispatch across the Sonitpur district, in Tezpur, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. A countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive is set to rollout from January 16, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_15_2021_000220B)(PTI)

Uttarakhand to get 92k Covid doses this week to cover entire healthcare force

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Dehradun
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:53 PM IST
  • So far 6,119 health workers have been vaccinated in the state. A total of 1,882 health workers were vaccinated on Tuesday in 34 sessions across the state.
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India’s grants are part of plans to provide up to 10 million doses of both Covidshield and Covaxin, the vaccine made by Bharat Biotech, to friendly countries.(PTI)
India’s grants are part of plans to provide up to 10 million doses of both Covidshield and Covaxin, the vaccine made by Bharat Biotech, to friendly countries.(PTI)

India begins vaccine export from today

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:46 AM IST
The external affairs ministry said supplies under grant assistance to Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles will begin from Wednesday in line with India’s commitment to use its vaccine production and delivery capacity to help the world fight Covid-19.
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Adverse reactions can be caused by allergies or underlying medical conditions and are not necessarily causally linked to vaccines.(Bloomberg Photo )
Adverse reactions can be caused by allergies or underlying medical conditions and are not necessarily causally linked to vaccines.(Bloomberg Photo )

Covaxin recipients under stricter watch, says Centre

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 03:54 AM IST
Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine recipients are being actively followed for any adverse reactions. Officials also drew a distinction between Covishield, which finished late-stage trials abroad, and Covaxin, which is currently in phase 3 trials.
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Of the sixteen, 15 had received Covishield which is being administered at 75 of the 81 vaccination sites.(Bloomberg Photo )
Of the sixteen, 15 had received Covishield which is being administered at 75 of the 81 vaccination sites.(Bloomberg Photo )

Covid vaccination: 16 minor adverse events on Tuesday

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 03:10 AM IST
The highest number of adverse events following immunisation (AEFi) – four -- was reported in Central district, followed by two each in North, Shahdara, South, and Southwest Delhi. One AEFI was reported each from East, Northwest and West Delhi districts.
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On Tuesday, the number of beneficiaries turning up to get inoculated continued to remain low in the national capital for the third day in a row(Reuters)
On Tuesday, the number of beneficiaries turning up to get inoculated continued to remain low in the national capital for the third day in a row(Reuters)

Nodal officers step in to counter vaccine myths

By Fareeha Iftikhar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 06:21 AM IST
Ajeet Jain, the nodal officer at RGSS hospital, where only nine health care workers turned up for the jab on Tuesday, said, “We are planning to hold sessions where health care workers, who have already been vaccinated, will share their first-hand experiences with others."
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With 4,936 beneficiaries receiving the shot, Delhi saw the highest turnout in terms of absolute numbers on Tuesday.(HT FILE)
With 4,936 beneficiaries receiving the shot, Delhi saw the highest turnout in terms of absolute numbers on Tuesday.(HT FILE)

Senior docs told to get vaccinated to instil confidence

By Abhishek Dey, Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:35 AM IST
Hospitals that have consistently seen low turnout, like Guru Teg Bahadur hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital , asked its senior faculty members to come forward and take the shot.
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“In addition to the list of beneficiaries sent to us by the Co-WIN platform, we were allowed to vaccinate people who are already registered but were not on the list." said Dr DS Rana(HT_PRINT)
“In addition to the list of beneficiaries sent to us by the Co-WIN platform, we were allowed to vaccinate people who are already registered but were not on the list." said Dr DS Rana(HT_PRINT)

Govt tweaks app to allow walk-ins, experts want wider access to shots

By Rhythma Kaul, Abhishek Dey, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:37 PM IST
A Union health ministry official confirmed the tweak in the app on Tuesday to allow health care workers not scheduled for jabs on a particular day to get the shots.
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Tuesday’s 54% vaccination rate was only marginally better than the 50% seen till Monday.(Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)
Tuesday’s 54% vaccination rate was only marginally better than the 50% seen till Monday.(Satish Bate/Hindustan Times)

Vaccination lagging, govt appeals against hesitancy

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 01:50 AM IST
The remarks were made at the government’s weekly briefing on Covid-19, which was opened by Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, who said three regions – Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Punjab – vaccinated fewer than 40% of their targets.
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