Updated: December 15, 2020 9:13:49 PM
As India prepares to launch one of the largest immunization programs, the Union Ministry of Health said 29,000 points for the cold chain, 240 coolers, 70 freezers, 45,000 ice refrigerators, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar refrigerators to be used for storing the Covid-19 vaccine. Addressing a press briefing, Health Union Secretary Rajesh Bhushan also called on states to be prepared for the possibility of an adverse event after vaccination.
India registered 22,065 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the smallest single-day increase since July. With this, the number of cases in India violated the mark of 99 lakh. With 354 new deaths, the death toll is now 1.43709.
Globally, the coronavirus vaccine Modern has proven to be extremely protective for adults and prevented severe cases of Covid-19, according to data released Tuesday by the US Food and Drug Administration. Based on the encouraging findings, the agency intends to grant emergency use authorization for the use of the vaccine by Friday, paving the way for millions of Americans to have access to a second Covid-19 vaccine starting next week.
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The possibility of an adverse event after COVID vaccination cannot be ruled out: Govt
At a press briefing, Rajesh Bhushan, secretary in the Ministry of Health, said that adverse events after immunization (AEFI) are critical issues and states were asked to identify at least one AEFI management center in each block. “Even during universal immunization programs, which have been going on for decades, some side effects are seen in children and pregnant women after receiving vaccines,” he said.
Therefore, we cannot deny the possibility of an adverse event when COVID-19 vaccination begins. In countries where inoculation has already begun, especially in the UK, adverse events occurred on the very first day. So it is essential that the states and territories of the union prepare for this as well, “Bhushan said.
Under the shadow of Covid-19, Numaish in Hyderabad is likely to be delayed, restricted
Even though the uncertainty induced by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic appears on the long-awaited annual Numaish extravaganza in Hyderabad, the organizers of the Nizam-era exhibition hope to have an uninterrupted show, albeit a little delayed or short-lived.
Continuing since 1938, the All India Industrial Exhibition is witnessing the annual participation of traders and craftsmen from all over. From clothing, jewelry, crockery, ceramics, footwear, bags, carpets, furniture, leather goods and indigenous handicrafts from different regions, to electronic gadgets and household items, in almost 2000 stalls, the exhibition presents and walks of joy, restaurants and cultural shows. The exhibition company estimates an annual average of 22 lakh visitors during the 46 days starting January 1, each year.
While Numaish has been the ideal place for annual shopping as well as recreation and relaxation for a Hyderabadi household in recent decades, traders and craftsmen are never disappointed with sales revenue. For the exhibition society, the proceeds from the allocation of stalls, as well as entrance tickets are aimed at ensuring education at affordable prices for female students. Up to 18 educational institutions, including Polytechnic colleges in Telangana, all exclusively for girls, are run by the Society.
Tablighi Jamaat: The Delhi court acquits all 36 foreigners
A Delhi court acquitted all 36 foreign nationals on trial for violating Covid-19 guidelines by attending the Tablighi Jamaat event in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi. Jamaat was in the news in March after Nizamuddin Markaz emerged as an access point. As many as 955 foreigners were reported by Delhi police for alleged violations of visa requirements, indulged in missionary activities and did not follow Covid government guidelines.
As reported earlier by The Indian Express, while most of the foreign members of Tablighi Jamaat made plea agreements and left for their countries, 44 decided to be tried in Delhi. Of these, the court previously released eight members, saying there was “no prima facie evidence” against them.
The Moderna vaccine is extremely protective and prevents severe COVID-19, the data show
The coronavirus vaccine produced by Moderna is extremely protective for adults and prevents severe cases of COVID-19, according to data released Tuesday by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Based on the encouraging results, the agency intends to grant emergency authorization for the use of the vaccine on Friday, people familiar with the FDA’s plans said. The decision would give millions of Americans access to a second coronavirus vaccine starting next week.
The FDA’s review confirms Moderna’s previous assessment that its vaccine had an efficacy rate of 94.1% in a study of 30,000 people. Side effects, including fever, headache and fatigue, were unpleasant but not dangerous, the agency found.
Chennai: 183 infected with Covid at IIT-Madras; CM orders state-level testing from colleagues
At least 79 residents of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the number of infected on campus to 183. The IIT-Madras case group has led the government to train officials to monitor other colleges and universities across the state.
A team from the Tamil Nadu Department of Health and Chennai Corporation are already conducting Covid-19 tests at colleagues in Chennai.
“Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami has instructed district collectors to closely monitor other colleges and universities. We are conducting aggressive tests … We have already issued two government ordinances (GOs) and if a person or management fails to comply with them, we will take action against them under the Law on Epidemic Diseases, ”Dr. Radhakrishnan told reporters in Chennai.
Mukesh Ambani says he will provide technological tools for vaccinating Covid-19
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani said on Tuesday that his group is working with authorities to provide technological tools and the backbone for mass inoculation against COVID-19. At a Facebook event, Ambani said the government’s digital impulse kept the country afloat even during the pandemic and is now helping to launch one of the largest vaccination programs.
“We are working very closely with all authorities to ensure that we provide the technological tools and the backbone for even vaccination in the coming quarters using the technology,” he said. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke about the use of mobile technology for mass inoculation against COVID-19.
SC asks the Center to consider giving a break to doctors employed in the Covid-19 service
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Center to consider giving a break to doctors employed in the COVID-19 service for the past seven to eight months. The top court said that continuous work could affect the mental health of doctors.
A panel of judges Ashok Bhushan, RS Reddy and MR Shah, who are hearing a case of his motu on the proper treatment of patients with COVID-19 and the dignified handling of corpses in hospitals, asked Prosecutor General Tushar Mehta to consider suggestions to provide doctors some breaks. Mehta assured the bank that the government will consider the bank’s suggestion to take a break from health workers employed in the COVID-19 service.
“In the last seven or eight months, the doctors have not been given a break and are working continuously. You take instructions and you think about giving them a break. It must be very painful and could affect their mental health, “Mehta’s bank said.
(With entries from PTI)
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