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79.39% vaccination in Thane, 64.25% in Palghar on Day 1

Thane: A total of 1,829 people out of 2,300 registered beneficiaries have got the COVID-19 vaccine doses on the first day of the inoculation drive in Thane, as per revised figures issued by the district administration. District Medical Officer Manish … Continue reading

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40-50 million Covid vaccine stockpiled by SII, India to get most of it

(This story originally appeared in on Dec 29, 2020) NEW DELHI: India will initially get most of the 40-50 million ‘Covishield’ vaccine shots stockpiled by the Serum Institute of India (SII), since exports would require the World Health Organisation’s pre-qualification, … Continue reading

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Covid-19 resurgence: Case for faster vaccination

There has been a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases over the past fortnight with many states seeing an increase, pointing to the risk of resurgence and the need for much faster inoculation. The government has allowed private hospitals to participate … Continue reading

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1st batch of 2.64 lakh Covishield doses reaches Delhi’s central storage facility

NEW DELHI: The first batch of Covishield vaccine containing 2.64 lakh doses reached Delhi’s central storage facility at Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital (RGSSH) on Tuesday amid high security, officials said. An official at the hospital said 22 boxes, each … Continue reading

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Clinical trials indicate India’s vaccines will be effective against Covid-19 variants: ICMR

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Dr Balram Bhargava has said interim results of the ongoing clinical trials indicated that the indigenous Covid-19 vaccines would be effective against the mutated virus strains reported from the United Kingdom, South … Continue reading

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Can our coronavirus vaccine fight new strains? India to test

(This story originally appeared in on Feb 18, 2021) PUNE: The efficacy of the two Indian vaccines currently in use — Covishield and Covaxin — is likely to be tested against the Brazil and South Africa variants soon, scientists have … Continue reading

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Two new variants of SARS-CoV-2 not reason for surge in cases in Maharashtra, Kerala: Govt

Two variants of SARS-CoV-2 — N440K and E484K — have been detected in Maharashtra and Kerala but there is no reason to believe presently on the that they are responsible for the surge in cases in some districts in these … Continue reading

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India can vaccinate 500 million people in 60 days against Covid by allowing private sector: Premji

Wipro founder chairman Azim Premji has asked the government to immediately allow private participation in the country’s vaccination drive against Covid-19 saying that over 500 million people can be vaccinated in 60 days with the involvement of private firms and … Continue reading

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AstraZeneca: Vaccine may work against UK variant

LONDON: The developers of AstraZeneca ‘s coronavirus vaccine say the shot appears to work against the variant detected in Britain late last year. It’s similar to previously reported results by other vaccine manufacturers, including Pfizer and Moderna. Andrew Pollard of … Continue reading

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COVID-19 vaccination drive gets underway in Delhi on day two

NEW DELHI: After administering shots to over 4,300 healthcare workers on the opening day, COVID-19 vaccination teams across the national capital started to give vaccines to more medical staff at various hospitals on Monday. Officials said that the vaccination drive … Continue reading

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