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

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.

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.
Published on Jan 23, 2021 08:41 PM IST

News updates from HT: IRCTC to resume e-catering services from Feb

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Friday announced it will resume its e-catering services from next month(PTI)
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Friday announced it will resume its e-catering services from next month(PTI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2021 08:52 PM IST

'No angle ruled out yet': What we know so far on Serum Institute fire

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed grief over the fire incident.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, tourism and environment Minister Aditya Thackeray along with Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla at the site of fire on Friday, (ANI)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, tourism and environment Minister Aditya Thackeray along with Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla at the site of fire on Friday, (ANI)
Updated on Jan 22, 2021 07:45 PM IST

News updates from Hindustan Times: Kerala assembly to not remove speaker

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Kerala assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan.(@cpimspeak/Twitter)
Kerala assembly Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan.(@cpimspeak/Twitter)
Published on Jan 21, 2021 04:46 PM IST

Shielded and vaccinated: India begins mammoth immunisation drive

According to data compiled from states by HT, 200,297 people were vaccinated. The number was shy of the 300,000 that was being estimated but still far higher than what was recorded by any country on its first day.

The drive began simultaneously across dedicated vaccination centres set up across the country, where doses of Covishield and indigenously developed Covaxin were administered to people.
The drive began simultaneously across dedicated vaccination centres set up across the country, where doses of Covishield and indigenously developed Covaxin were administered to people.
Published on Jan 17, 2021 01:04 AM IST

Covishield: A timeline of the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by SII

Pune-based Serum Institute of India partnered with the Oxford University to manufacture their Covishield vaccine in India.

On January 16, 2021, the first dose of the Covishield vaccine was administered to recipients based on a priority list prepared by the government.(Bloomberg)
On January 16, 2021, the first dose of the Covishield vaccine was administered to recipients based on a priority list prepared by the government.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Jan 16, 2021 11:21 PM IST

Serum Institute’s Adar Poonawalla takes Covishield vaccine, congratulates PM

The SII also plans to export Covishield doses to Brazil in the coming days.

FILE PHOTO: Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Serum Institute of India poses for a picture at the Serum Institute of India, Pune, India, 30 November 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Serum Institute of India poses for a picture at the Serum Institute of India, Pune, India, 30 November 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 16, 2021 02:27 PM IST

First consignment of Covishield vaccine reaches West Bengal's Siliguri

The Home Department of West Bengal government on January 12 had tweeted, "The first consignment of 6.89 lakh Covishield vaccines arrived today in our state at 2:30 PM by a special cargo flight of Spicejet at Kolkata airport."

The Covid-19 vaccination drive will begin on January 16.(File photo)
The Covid-19 vaccination drive will begin on January 16.(File photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2021 02:18 PM IST

People won’t be given vaccine choice: Govt

Both vaccine candidates have won approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) although Covaxin is still in Phase 3 trials.

The government has trained 2,360 master trainers, who in turn have trained 61,000 programme managers, 200,000 vaccinators and 370,000 other vaccination team members so far. (Representative Image)
The government has trained 2,360 master trainers, who in turn have trained 61,000 programme managers, 200,000 vaccinators and 370,000 other vaccination team members so far. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 13, 2021 01:38 AM IST

As vaccine trucks leave Serum campus, India starts fight to end Covid in country

At the stroke of 4:53 am, the gates opened, a police escort van remerged; it was followed by three trucks, with boxes carrying 5.65 million doses of the vaccine meant for Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Patna, Bengaluru, and Lucknow.

The gravity of the moment dawned upon the drivers of the trucks as the crowd present at the gates erupted in spontaneous applause that pierced the silence of the morning
The gravity of the moment dawned upon the drivers of the trucks as the crowd present at the gates erupted in spontaneous applause that pierced the silence of the morning
Updated on Jan 12, 2021 10:44 PM IST

Explained: Who gets Covid-19 vaccine jabs in first two phases, what's the price

Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Tuesday said the Covid-19 vaccine may cost in the range of ₹200 to 295 in India.

Inside views of the production and processing unit of Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune on Tuesday. (ANI Photo )
Inside views of the production and processing unit of Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune on Tuesday. (ANI Photo )
Published on Jan 12, 2021 08:10 PM IST

Gap of 28 days between two Covid-19 vaccine doses: Govt

India had recently granted emergency use authorisation to two vaccines, Oxford's Covishield being manufactured by Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. Both vaccines, the statement from the Health Ministry said, have established safety and immunogenicity.

Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said vaccine effectiveness will be seen only after 14 days.(HT Photo)
Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said vaccine effectiveness will be seen only after 14 days.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2021 11:11 PM IST

‘Historic moment’: Adar Poonawalla as SII dispatches Covid vaccine across India

Speaking to news agency ANI, Poonawalla said, “This is a historical moment that vaccine is being dispatched from our factory. Our main challenge is to bring it to everyone in the country. It is our challenge for 2021, let’s see how it happens.”

Serum Institute of India (SII) chief executive officer Adar Poonawalla is seen in Pune in this file photo.(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)
Serum Institute of India (SII) chief executive officer Adar Poonawalla is seen in Pune in this file photo.(Shankar Narayan/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2021 05:07 PM IST

3 trucks loaded with SII's Covishield vaccine leave Pune ahead of Jan 16 rollout

The trucks left the SII building at 4:55am behind a police escort vehicle with more police officials following it soon after. The unloading began at the cargo terminal of Pune International Airport at around 5:30am.

Trucks carrying first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines reach Pune Airport from Serum Institute on January 12, 2021.(Kalpesh Nukte/ HT Photo)
Trucks carrying first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines reach Pune Airport from Serum Institute on January 12, 2021.(Kalpesh Nukte/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2021 07:57 AM IST
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