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Additionally, 3,429 people were vaccinated in defence institutions.(@adgpi/Twitter)

Vaccine drive held smoothly, no serious side effects: Govt

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:59 AM IST
As opposed to the target of vaccinating about 300,000 people on the first day, according to the health ministry’s data, 191,181 health care workers were vaccinated at 3,351 centres. There were 16,755 personnel involved in the vaccination programme.
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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan displays a vial of Bharat Biotech Ltd. Covaxin at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on Saturday. (Bloomberg Photo )
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan displays a vial of Bharat Biotech Ltd. Covaxin at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on Saturday. (Bloomberg Photo )

I’ll wait for my turn: Harsh Vardhan’s comeback on why he is not taking vaccine

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:15 PM IST
As many as 165,714 people received the shot on the first day, the health ministry said.
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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan held up a dose of COVAXIN developed by Bharat Biotech to the media.(HT Photo/ Amal KS)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan held up a dose of COVAXIN developed by Bharat Biotech to the media.(HT Photo/ Amal KS)

Covid-19 vaccine will work as 'sanjeevani': Union health minister Harsh Vardhan

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 01:59 PM IST
The minister was speaking after witnessing the administration of the first coronavirus shot to a sanitation worker at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.
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It will be a historical day, Union minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted ahead of the roll out of the vaccination programme.(PTI)
It will be a historical day, Union minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted ahead of the roll out of the vaccination programme.(PTI)

80% Indians ready to take vaccines, says Harsh Vardhan, praises PM, scientists

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 11:07 AM IST
Several European countries have reported a high rate of vaccine hesitancy. But Indians have their trust on PM Modi and scientists, the health minister wrote.
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Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said these three states should serve as a warning to the rest of the country that there should be no complacency and relaxation of restrictions.(PTI)
Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said these three states should serve as a warning to the rest of the country that there should be no complacency and relaxation of restrictions.(PTI)

On Twitter, health minister Harsh Vardhan dispels myths about Covid-19 vaccines

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:56 PM IST
In a series of tweets, he also answered questions about side effects and catching Covid-19 even after getting vaccinated.
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"We are developing the capability in which scientists can go deep in the ocean beyond three kilometers and they can be there for almost 16 hours” Dr Harsh Vardhan said. In picture - new coastal research vehicle Sagar Anveshika.(ANI)
"We are developing the capability in which scientists can go deep in the ocean beyond three kilometers and they can be there for almost 16 hours” Dr Harsh Vardhan said. In picture - new coastal research vehicle Sagar Anveshika.(ANI)

India developing capabilities for undertaking deep ocean missions: Harsh Vardhan

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 06:47 PM IST
Dr Harsh Vardhan said ‘Sagar Avneshika’ launched today can accommodate about 15-20 scientists for research purposes and has laboratories similar to research vessel ‘Sagar Thara’ for taking up scientific explorations.
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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan along with Tamil Nadu health secretary J. Radhakrishnan at a Covid-19 vaccine storage and distribution centre in Chennai, on Friday.(PTI)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan along with Tamil Nadu health secretary J. Radhakrishnan at a Covid-19 vaccine storage and distribution centre in Chennai, on Friday.(PTI)

3rd dry run conducted at 4,895 sites, says ministry ahead of vaccine roll-out

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 04:01 PM IST
“3rd countrywide massive dry run covers 4,895 session sites, 615 districts, 33 States/UTs,” the ministry said in a tweet.
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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: Harsh Vardhan inspects dry run in Chennai, promises vaccine in a few days

By Divya Chandrababu | Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 04:41 PM IST
Chennai would store the vaccine for distribution to southern states, Vardhan said
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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan visited the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai(ANI Twitter)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan visited the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai(ANI Twitter)

‘Vaccine for Indians in next few days’: Union health minister Harsh Vardhan

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:49 PM IST
A dry run was carried out in eight districts on December 28-29 and the first countrywide drill was held on January 2. On Friday, the mock drill will be conducted in as many as 33 states in the second round of nationwide dry run.
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A dry run was carried out in eight districts on December 28-29 and the first countrywide drill covering 74 districts was held on January 2.(Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times)
A dry run was carried out in eight districts on December 28-29 and the first countrywide drill covering 74 districts was held on January 2.(Dheeraj Dhawan / Hindustan Times)

2nd vaccination dry run across the country today: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:20 AM IST
Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh will not be participating in this dry run as they have already conducted them in all their districts.
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Friday’s drill will be the largest undertaken in the country so far(HT Photo)
Friday’s drill will be the largest undertaken in the country so far(HT Photo)

2nd nationwide vaccine dry run in 33 states, UTs today

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:30 AM IST
India’s drug regulator on January 3 approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and the indigenously developed Bharat Biotech vaccine for restricted emergency use in the country.
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Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said these three states should serve as a warning to the rest of the country that there should be no complacency and relaxation of restrictions.(PTI)
Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said these three states should serve as a warning to the rest of the country that there should be no complacency and relaxation of restrictions.(PTI)

Covid-19: Why Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh are cause for fresh concerns

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 08:20 PM IST
Centre wrote to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal urging them to maintain strict vigil.
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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan holding a meeting with state health ministers on Covid-19.(ANI Photo)
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan holding a meeting with state health ministers on Covid-19.(ANI Photo)

Harsh Vardhan holds meeting with states day before second Covid vaccine dry run, asks them to stop misinformation campaigns

By hindustantimes.cpm | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 06:49 PM IST
The second round of dry run will take place on January 8 across all districts of the country. It is conducted to familiarise the state, district, block, and hospital-level officers on all aspects of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out.
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A medic conducts the dry run as part of preparedness for the administration of Covid-19 vaccine, at Kasturba Hospital in New Delhi, on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
A medic conducts the dry run as part of preparedness for the administration of Covid-19 vaccine, at Kasturba Hospital in New Delhi, on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Haryana to hold Covid-19 vaccine dry run today, day before nationwide exercise

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | HIndustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 08:39 AM IST
The drive will start from 11 am at all locations simultaneously, and is likely to continue till 1 pm. Haryana has been exempted by the Union health ministry from the massive nationwide mock drill to be held on January 8.
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The first nation wide dry run was conducted on January 2.(PTI)
The first nation wide dry run was conducted on January 2.(PTI)

Centre gears up for another dry run on Friday

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 02:40 AM IST
As a simulation of actual execution, another round of dry run will be conducted in all 700 plus districts of all states and Union territories, except UP and Haryana which have planned to conduct theirs on Thursday.
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Health workers conduct a dry run of Covid-19 vaccination programme, at Hindu Rao Hospital in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Health workers conduct a dry run of Covid-19 vaccination programme, at Hindu Rao Hospital in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Second Covid-19 vaccine dry run on Jan 8, Vardhan to brief state health ministers on Thursday

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:51 PM IST
The health ministry in its press release said that all states and union territories except for Uttar Pradesh and Haryana will be part of this mock vaccination drill.
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Union minister for health and family welfare, science and technology and earth sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurating the poster gallery, at the National Metrology Conclave and the 75th CSIR-National Physical Laboratory Foundation Day celebrations, in New Delhi on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Union minister for health and family welfare, science and technology and earth sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurating the poster gallery, at the National Metrology Conclave and the 75th CSIR-National Physical Laboratory Foundation Day celebrations, in New Delhi on Monday.(ANI Photo)

Centre taking up Covid-19 vaccination in a big way: Harsh Vardhan

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Chennai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 08:52 PM IST
Acknowledging that Covid-19 has turned the clock back by many years, if not decades, Union health and family welfare minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said the deadly virus has derailed painstaking efforts of many decades and diverted scientific attention
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Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

FSSAI reduces trans fat levels in food from 5% to 3%

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 12:34 PM IST
In October last year, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan had launched the “Trans Fat Free” logo during the 8th International Chefs Conference in the national Capital
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India’s drugs regulator on Sunday approved Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country.(ANI)
India’s drugs regulator on Sunday approved Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country.(ANI)

‘Watershed moment in India’s battle against Covid-19’: Harsh Vardhan

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 02:00 PM IST
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) granted the approval on the basis of recommendations of a Covid-19 Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO).
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Harsh Vardhan was speaking to reporters after visiting the government-run Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, one of the three sites selected in Delhi for the vaccination dry run.(PTI)
Harsh Vardhan was speaking to reporters after visiting the government-run Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, one of the three sites selected in Delhi for the vaccination dry run.(PTI)

Free Covid-19 vaccine for all frontline workers in 1st phase: Harsh Vardhan

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 05:50 PM IST
Earlier in the day, Vardhan urged people “not to pay heed to rumours” as the dry run for Covid-19 vaccination got underway across the country.
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FILE: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain speaks to media during a press conference, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)
FILE: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain speaks to media during a press conference, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)

Will Delhi residents get Covid-19 vaccine for free? Health minister Satyendar Jain answers

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:58 PM IST
On Saturday, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, too, reiterated vaccines will be provided “for free” not just in Delhi, but across the country.
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(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 1 pm: ‘Don’t pay heed to rumours’, says Harsh Vardhan on Covid-19 vaccination and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:59 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 1 PM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan (ANI)
Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan (ANI)

Covid-19 vaccination dry run underway; health minister urges people not to pay heed to rumours

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 11:57 AM IST
Dr Harsh Vardhan said rumours were spread during polio immunisation too, but people took the vaccine and India is now polio-free.
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File photo: Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan nominated to board of vaccine alliance GAVI

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:38 PM IST
GAVI is an international organisation that was created in the year 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for numerous vaccine-preventable diseases for children who live in the world’s poorest countries.
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With membership drawn from a range of partner organisations as well as experts from the private sector, the board provides a forum for balanced strategic decision-making, innovation and partner collaboration, the statement said.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
With membership drawn from a range of partner organisations as well as experts from the private sector, the board provides a forum for balanced strategic decision-making, innovation and partner collaboration, the statement said.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Vardhan nominated to board of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:20 PM IST
The Union health minister will be representing India at the board from January 1, 2021, until December 31, 2023, it said.
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Daily recoveries have exceeded daily infections in India since the past 25 days and the recovery rate stands at 95.65 per cent.(HT Photo)
Daily recoveries have exceeded daily infections in India since the past 25 days and the recovery rate stands at 95.65 per cent.(HT Photo)

India’s active Covid-19 caseload falls below 3-lakh mark, slumps to lowest in 163 days

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 06:45 PM IST
The health ministry also said that India recorded less than 20,000 new Covid-19 infections in the past 24 hours, the lowest in 173 days.
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Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan addresses a press conference at National Media Centre, in New Delhi.(Photo by Sanjeev Verma)
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan addresses a press conference at National Media Centre, in New Delhi.(Photo by Sanjeev Verma)

Govt is alert, no need to panic: Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on new strain of coronavirus in UK

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 01:26 PM IST
The United Kingdom announced a surprise lockdown on Saturday in London and parts of the country amid a surge in the cases of the coronavirus disease after the discovery of a new strain of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19.
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Union health mnister Dr. Harsh Vardhan addresses a press conference at National Media Centre, in New Delhi.(Photo by Sanjeev Verma)
Union health mnister Dr. Harsh Vardhan addresses a press conference at National Media Centre, in New Delhi.(Photo by Sanjeev Verma)

Fight against coronavirus an example Atmanirbhar India: Harsh Vardhan

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 01:02 PM IST
Vardhan made the comments during the curtain-raiser press conference of the sixth India International Science Festival-2020 (IISF 2020).
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File photo of Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(PTI)
File photo of Union health minister Harsh Vardhan.(PTI)

‘Maybe in January’: Harsh Vardhan on first Covid-19 shot

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 11:47 PM IST
The Drugs Controller General of India is examining the applications of Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute of India and Pfizer to grant emergency use authorisation for their Covid-19 vaccines.
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