Covid update: Pan-India vaccine dry run today; Oxford vaccine use in India
From India approving Oxford-AstraZeneca's vaccine to WHO giving 'emergency validation' to Pfizer vaccine, here are the top updates on the pandemic. India approved Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use authorization. The approval paves the way for Oxford vaccine rollout in India. Three vaccine companies had applied for emergency use authorization in India. States and Union Territories have prepared for vaccine dry run on January 2. This is a trial before the actual vaccination drive begins in the country. Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan reviewed the preparedness for the dry run. India also allowed import and export of Covid-19 vaccines without any value limitation. CBIC ameded regulations to facilitate the vaccine import/export through courier. Meanwhile, flights between India and the UK will resume from January 8, union minister Hardeep Puri said. The minister confirmed that operations of flight till 23 Jan will be restricted to 15 flights per week. This comes amid the new Covid strain detected in the UK. On Friday, four more people tested positive for the new strain. Watch the full video for more updates on the pandemic.