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India, ‘pharmacy of the world’, starts COVID vaccine shipments to neighbours
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India, ‘pharmacy of the world’, starts COVID vaccine shipments to neighbours

 India started delivering coronavirus vaccines to its neighbours on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said, flagging off a drive to garner goodwill in an often fractious region with the first shipment sent to the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Bangladesh and Nepal said they expected deliveries on Thursday. The only neighbour absent from India’s list apart from China, is regional rival Pakistan, which had not requested assistance, according to an Indian government official. Many low and middle-income countries are relying on India, the world’s biggest vaccine maker, for supplies to start COVID-19 immunisation programmes and bring an end to their outbreaks. “The Pharmacy of the World will deliver to overcome the COVID challenge,” Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said on Twitter, adding the...
Two Australian Open players test positive for coronavirus
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Two Australian Open players test positive for coronavirus

Two Australian Open players tested positive for coronavirus, health officials announced Tuesday, taking the cluster of cases associated with the Grand Slam tennis tournament to seven. The Victoria state health department said a total of nine people have tested positive while in quarantine ahead of the event in Melbourne, but two cases were deemed to be historical infections on Tuesday. Positive cases on three charter flights have left 72 players confined to their hotel rooms, but health officials said none had yet been cleared to return to training as a result of the cases being reclassified.
India’s daily Covid-19 cases drop to 10,064, recoveries surpass 10.22 million
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India’s daily Covid-19 cases drop to 10,064, recoveries surpass 10.22 million

India’s daily cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) came down to 10,064 on Tuesday, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare. Though the total number of confirmed cases has gone up to 10,581,837, the active caseload has come down to 200,528, which is merely 1.97% of the country’s total tally. As many as 10,228,753 people have recovered from the viral disease with 17,411 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours. Recoveries account for 96.59% of the total cases, according to the health ministry. The decline in active cases comes at a time when the Covid-19 vaccination drive is underway across the nation. A total of 3,81,305 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the first three days of the immunisation drive. Following the inoculation, 580 cases of Adverse Event Fol...
Ice Cream in North China Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Ice Cream in North China Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The deadly novel coronavirus has been detected in some samples of ice cream in northern China, forcing authorities to seize products that have been potentially contaminated. According to a report by Sky News, anti-epidemic authorities in Tianjin Municipality are now contact tracing people to identify those who have come into contact with the batches that were manufactured by Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company in order to quarantine them. All of the products by Tianjin Daqiaodao have now been sealed temporarily. Earlier, the company had sent three samples of its product to the municipal centre for disease control in order to have them tested for coronavirus. All three tested positive, according to The Independent. According to the investigation that has been carried out so far, the company u...
India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive hits bump due to app glitch
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India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive hits bump due to app glitch

India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive hit a bump on the first day due to glitches in an app called Co-Win that is being used to coordinate the campaign, according to several officials involved in the immunisation programme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched what his government has described as the “world’s largest vaccination programme” yesterday to rein in the pandemic in India, which has reported the second highest number of cases after the United States. Co-Win, developed by the government, is supposed to help by alerting healthcare workers who are first in line to get shots, and by allowing officials monitor and manage the entire drive. But many health workers, who were to receive the vaccines, did not get the message yesterday, said a senior official with the health departme...
The three mask-wearing errors you might still be making
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The three mask-wearing errors you might still be making

We’ve been wearing face masks for the best part of a year now, whether on public transport, in stores, or at the office. But are you sure you’re using it correctly? A recent survey from the US highlighted some of the most frequent errors among face mask wearers, which could diminish the protection they offer. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to get too used to them in our lives, but we don’t always follow the rules of mask wearing to the letter. According to a study from the US, carried out by the American face mask firm, signs.com, three common errors are still often made when it comes to wearing and handling face masks. Do any of these sound familiar? Forgetting to wash your hands Whether with soap or alcohol-based hand gel, washing your hands when you get home or after using pu...
Top 10  states with the highest Covid-19 vaccine beneficiaries in India
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Top 10 states with the highest Covid-19 vaccine beneficiaries in India

India on Saturday inoculated close to two lakh people in a Covid-19 vaccination drive, touted as the world's biggest by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The outbreak of the disease has torpedoed economies and tested the mettle of the public health system globally. A total of 3,352 sessions were held and 1,91,181 beneficiaries were vaccinated as per the provisional reports. Around 3,429 beneficiaries were vaccinated in defence institutions and as many as 16,755 personnel were actively involved in organising the immunisation session sites, the Union health ministry said. Here are the top ten states and union territories which have the highest beneficiaries: Uttar Pradesh A total of 21,291 healthcare workers at the frontline of India's Covid-19 battle got their first jabs in UP on Sa...
Uttarakhand kick-starts Covid-19 vaccine roll-out across state
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Uttarakhand kick-starts Covid-19 vaccine roll-out across state

As the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive has kicked off across India, the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday started the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in the state from Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) in Dehradun. Appreciating the health care workers in the state, the Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said, "I bow in front of the health care workers who worked for six to eight hours a day wearing PPE-kits during the ongoing pandemic." "Everyone in the state will be healthy. We just need to be patient," he said adding that they should keep following the standard operating procedure (SoPs) of COVID-19. Speaking to ANI Rawat said people should trust the scientist for developing the vaccine. A nodal officer of GDMC, Dr Anurag Agarwal who got vaccinat...
Fast-spreading UK coronavirus variant could be dominant in U.S. by March, CDC says
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Fast-spreading UK coronavirus variant could be dominant in U.S. by March, CDC says

A new, highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus first discovered in Britain could become the dominant variant in the United States by March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Friday. The variant, known as B.1.1.7, is believed to be twice as contagious as the current version of the virus circulating in the United States. So far, 76 people from 10 U.S. states have been infected with the U.K. variant Its rapid spread will increase the burden on health resources at a time when infections are surging, further sapping strained healthcare resources and increasing the need for better adherence to mitigation strategies, such as social-distancing and mask-wearing, the CDC said in its weekly report on death and disease. The highly contagious variant also increase...
Key points of PM Modi launches Covid-19 vaccine drive in India
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Key points of PM Modi launches Covid-19 vaccine drive in India

Key points of PM Modi launches Covid-19 vaccine drive in India: The vaccines are living proof of India’s talent and scientific capabilities. India’s vaccination programme is based on humanitarian principles. Our doctors, nurses, medical and paramedical staff are eligible to get the vaccine before others. For the preparation of this vaccination, we have conducted trials, dry runs in states with the help of the state government. Two doses of corona vaccine are absolutely essential. Don’t make the mistake of not taking the second dose. Two weeks after the second dose, you will develop the power to combat corona. The way you remained patient during the war with covid, you must show the same patience in the vaccination. More than 100 countries in India have less than 3 crore...
Scientists have identified new antibodies against novel Covid-19 found
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Scientists have identified new antibodies against novel Covid-19 found

Scientists have identified and further developed novel antibody fragments from llamas and alpacas that can be used against the SARS CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19. These "nanobodies" identified by an international team led by the University of Bonn in Germany are smaller than classic antibodies. They can penetrate the tissue better and can be produced in larger quantities. The team also combined the nanobodies into potentially effective molecules attacking different parts of the virus simultaneously. The approach, described in the journal Science, could prevent the pathogen from evading the active agent through mutations. Antibodies are an important weapon in the immune system's defence against infections. They bind to the surface structures of bacteria o...
Thailand Open badminton ‘safe to continue’ after coronavirus cases
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Thailand Open badminton ‘safe to continue’ after coronavirus cases

Thailand Open has been declared safe to proceed after three coronavirus cases on the first two days, the Badminton World Federation said on Thursday. One Egyptian player was withdrawn and a German coach and French staff member are under hospital observation after testing positive at badminton’s restart tournament. Three other players also tested positive, before doctors ruled they were historic infections. But Thai health authorities have ruled the event can continue, the BWF said. “The tournament has been deemed safe to continue by the Thai health authorities,” the governing body said in a statement to AFP, adding that all players tested on Tuesday were negative. The Thailand Open is the first of three consecutive tournaments played in a bio-secure ‘bubble’ in Bangkok as badmi...
WHO warns coronavirus herd immunity unlikely this year
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WHO warns coronavirus herd immunity unlikely this year

Scientists at the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that mass vaccinations would not bring about herd immunity to the coronavirus this year, even as one leading producer boosted its production forecast. Infections numbers are surging around the world, especially in Europe where nations have been forced to ramp up virus restrictions even as vaccines are rolled out The WHO's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan warned Monday that it would take time to produce and give enough shots to halt the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 90 million people worldwide with deaths approaching two million. “We are not going to achieve any levels of population immunity or herd immunity in 2021,” she said, stressing the need to maintain physical distancing, hand-washing and mask-wea...
Know About Covid-19 Vaccines, Registration Process and Prices in India
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Know About Covid-19 Vaccines, Registration Process and Prices in India

The process of shipping vaccines will continue today and tomorrow as a total of 1.1 crore shots of Covishield and 55 lakh shots of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin will be received by January 14. From these centres, vaccine shots will then be transported to storage locations. Here is all you need to know Cities which have already received vaccine shots Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Mumbai. Vaccine centres in states/UTs There are four general medical stores department at Karnal, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai. All states have at least one state-level regional vaccine store. Among states, which have more than one state-level regional vaccine stores include Uttar Pradesh (9), Madhya Pra...