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The supplies under the Vaccine Maitri initiative, which began on January 21, have earned India considerable goodwill, especially in small countries such as the Commonwealth of Dominica. (TWITTER/@MEAIndia).

India sends 22.9 mn doses of Covid-19 vaccines to 20 countries, more in pipeline

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 08:58 PM IST
  • Countries in India’s immediate neighbourhood were among the biggest beneficiaries, in keeping with the government’s “Neighbourhood First” policy.
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo a medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif. Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California will be the outside administrator tasked with ramping up the state's coronavirus vaccine delivery system, which to date has been slow, stilted and plagued by confusion, the state health agency said in a statement Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2021, file photo a medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif. Health insurance giant Blue Shield of California will be the outside administrator tasked with ramping up the state's coronavirus vaccine delivery system, which to date has been slow, stilted and plagued by confusion, the state health agency said in a statement Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)(AP)

Fresh data show toll South African coronavirus variant takes on vaccine efficacy

Reuters, Chicago
PUBLISHED ON JAN 30, 2021 07:01 PM IST
  • The vaccines from Novavax Inc and Johnson & Johnson were significantly less effective at preventing Covid-19 in trial participants in South Africa, where the potent new variant is widespread, compared with countries in which this mutation is still rare.
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While all personnel will be covered under the second phase, those above the age of 50 years will be the first ones to get vaccinated, followed by others.(PTI)
While all personnel will be covered under the second phase, those above the age of 50 years will be the first ones to get vaccinated, followed by others.(PTI)

One-third of Delhi Police force aged above 50, will be shots first

By Prawesh Lama, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 02:59 AM IST
In the second phase, the drive will be held for the front-line workers such as police, fire safety personnel, teachers and civil defence volunteers. The drive will be expanded to an additional 600 locations across the city in the coming weeks.
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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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Mahipal Singh, a ward boy at the Moradabad district hospital, got the Covishield vaccine on Saturday, the first-day of India’s Covid-19 immunisation drive.(PTI)
Mahipal Singh, a ward boy at the Moradabad district hospital, got the Covishield vaccine on Saturday, the first-day of India’s Covid-19 immunisation drive.(PTI)

A day after jab UP man dies, officials say no link to vaccine

By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:26 AM IST
On Monday, Moradabad chief medical officer Dr MC Garg denied the family’s allegations and said the post-mortem report found “cardio pulmonary disease” as the cause of the death. “Mahipal Singh died of cardiac arrest; it has nothing to do with the Covid-19 vaccine.” said Garg.
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The state has set a target of inoculating around 28,500 health workers in a day (four days a week) at 258 centres across the state, officials said.
The state has set a target of inoculating around 28,500 health workers in a day (four days a week) at 258 centres across the state, officials said.

Maharashtra vaccine drive to resume today at 258 centres

By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:31 AM IST
The announcement was made after the CM reviewed the preparations for the drive at a meeting held with state chief secretary Sanjay Kumar, CM’s principal adviser Ajoy Mehta, principal secretary to public health minister Dr Pradeep Vyas and other officials on Monday.
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A doctor receives the Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital in Srinagar on Saturday.
A doctor receives the Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital in Srinagar on Saturday.

Eligible people likely to get option to sign up for jabs on Aarogya Setu

By Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:42 AM IST
According to documents accessed by HT, the CoWIN platform will allow the public to access its limited features—only those required for enrolment and vaccination and not the complex back-end operations—on the Aarogya Setu app.
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A BMC medical staffer takes a selfie while receiving the a Covid-19 vaccine shot at KEM Hospital. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)
A BMC medical staffer takes a selfie while receiving the a Covid-19 vaccine shot at KEM Hospital. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)(HT_PRINT)

Vaccine tracker: How many are vaccinated in India?

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 12:06 PM IST
According to data compiled from states by HT, 200,297 people were vaccinated.
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“I am absolutely fine. The wait for the vaccine is finally over but we cannot let our guards down against the virus,” Dr Anima Halder said
“I am absolutely fine. The wait for the vaccine is finally over but we cannot let our guards down against the virus,” Dr Anima Halder said

‘Necessary for docs to take first shot to break any myths’

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:44 AM IST
“It was a nice feeling to have received the vaccine on the first day. It was also necessary for doctors to take the first shot as it would break any myths and encourage others to come forward to take the vaccine.” said Dr Anima Halder.
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When asked if she felt afraid, Saroj Bala said, “No, there was no fear.”
When asked if she felt afraid, Saroj Bala said, “No, there was no fear.”

‘Hid jab from family as they’d refuse’

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:36 AM IST
Saroj Bala, who has served in the dispensary for the last 20 years, kept the vaccination a secret from her family, which only came to know about her getting the shot from media reports.
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Each centre had a target of vaccinating 100 people on Saturday.
Each centre had a target of vaccinating 100 people on Saturday.

Will set an example that the vaccine is safe

By Fareeha Iftikhar, Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 05:32 AM IST
Until Saturday evening, 4,319 of the scheduled 8,100 persons had got vaccinated in Delhi. Hospital authorities said some who were to get the jab said they were not in the city, or cited personal reasons. Authorities said the absentees could also be attributed to a glitch in the CoWIN app.
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Manish Kumar said it wasn’t a coincidence that he was a part of the first batch of frontline staffers at the premier AIIMS to be vaccinated, all of whom received a jab of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.(REUTERS)
Manish Kumar said it wasn’t a coincidence that he was a part of the first batch of frontline staffers at the premier AIIMS to be vaccinated, all of whom received a jab of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.(REUTERS)

Manish Kumar first to take shot in Delhi

By shiv sunny, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 01:20 AM IST
Manish Kumar on Saturday emerged as the face of a months-long global effort against time to develop an inoculation against the infection that has killed over two million people. He said he always believed in the efficacy and safety of the vaccine.
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Employees welcome health workers carrying Covid vaccines at a hospital in Mumbai on Saturday.( Bloomberg)
Employees welcome health workers carrying Covid vaccines at a hospital in Mumbai on Saturday.( Bloomberg)

Nation receives a shot in the arm

By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Kolkata, Jaipur, New Delhi, Raipur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 12:31 AM IST
Union Health ministry figures showed that roughly 191,181 people received doses at 3,351 sites. This was short of the 300,000-plus target but still well above numbers recorded by any other country on the first day of inoculation
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The hospital saw 31 health care workers receive the shot after signing an informed consent form as mandated by the country’s apex drug regulator that gave the vaccine an approval in “clinical trial mode.”(ANI)
The hospital saw 31 health care workers receive the shot after signing an informed consent form as mandated by the country’s apex drug regulator that gave the vaccine an approval in “clinical trial mode.”(ANI)

RML resident docs raise concerns over Covaxin shots

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:05 AM IST
“We would like to bring to your notice that the residents are a bit apprehensive about the lack of complete trial in case of Covaxin and might not participate in huge numbers thus defeating the purpose of vaccination.” representative of the resident doctors’ association at the hospital said.
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States have been given a free hand to increase the number of session sites, if needed, as a single site cannot administer the vaccine to more than 100 beneficiaries in a day.
States have been given a free hand to increase the number of session sites, if needed, as a single site cannot administer the vaccine to more than 100 beneficiaries in a day.

Covid-19: Nationwide vaccination drive to start today

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 08:41 AM IST
Each centre will deploy vaccines from a single manufacturer to avoid mixing of doses in recipients, which is not permitted, said officials involved in the delivery programme that will be launched at 10.30am.
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Medical professionals check vaccine vials at Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital
Medical professionals check vaccine vials at Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital

Hospital staff upbeat a day before first jabs

By Anonna Dutt, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:20 AM IST
Staff and technicians at Lok Nayak hospital worked till late evening on Friday to ensure that the vaccination drive on Saturday goes without a hitch. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will flag off the vaccination drive from the hospital at 12 noon.
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Bhubaneswar: Workers unload from a plane the first consignment of Covishield vaccines, dispatched from Serum Institue of India, at Biju Patnaik Air port in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_12_2021_000246B)(PTI)
Bhubaneswar: Workers unload from a plane the first consignment of Covishield vaccines, dispatched from Serum Institue of India, at Biju Patnaik Air port in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_12_2021_000246B)(PTI)

All vaccine doses to be delivered by January 14 | Shipment, price, registration

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 07:56 AM IST
As Bharat Biotech is also providing a considerable amount of doses at free of cost, the per-dose cost comes around 206.
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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)

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

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 11:11 PM IST
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.
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Nassir Hussain, 12, gets vaccinated against measles and rubella on May 12 at a primary health centre in Kwakta, Bishnupur district. The vaccination drive had to be extended in Manipur because of high refusals among Muslims following fake news.(Sanchita Sharma/HT Photo)
Nassir Hussain, 12, gets vaccinated against measles and rubella on May 12 at a primary health centre in Kwakta, Bishnupur district. The vaccination drive had to be extended in Manipur because of high refusals among Muslims following fake news.(Sanchita Sharma/HT Photo)

Shot of life: saving vaccination drive from rumours and fake news

By Sanchita Sharma | Hindustan Times, Imphal
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 08:30 AM IST
Fake news alerts spread rumours that MR vaccine is a Modi govt and RSS conspiracy to stop the population growth of Muslims.
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