Coronavirus dwell updates | PM Modi flags-off ‘huge’ vaccination drive, congratulates scientists, warns in opposition to rumours

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The world’s largest vaccination programme will begin at a complete of three,006 session websites throughout all of the States and the Union Territories, which will probably be linked nearly all through the train. Nearly 100 beneficiaries will obtain the vaccine at every of the session websites on Saturday.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday mentioned ample doses of each the vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin — had been delivered throughout the nation. He reviewed the functioning of the CoWIN system, the net digital platform that will probably be used to drive the vaccination programme.

You can observe coronavirus circumstances, deaths and testing charges on the nationwide and State ranges here. A listing of State Helpline numbers is obtainable as properly.

Here are dwell updates:

Telangana

Sanitation employee will get first vaccine shot

N. Krishnamma, a sanitation employee at Gandhi Hospital, Hyderabad, was one among the many first beneficiaries of COVID-19 vaccination programme launched throughout 140 hospitals in Telangana on Saturday morning.

It was round this time of the yr in 2020 that worldwide passengers arriving at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, had been screened for top fever as one of many signs for COVID-19.  

After round one-and-half-months of anticipation, the primary COVID-19 case was detected in Telangana on March 2-2020.  Around one yr after the screening has begun on the airport, a ‘resolution’ is being applied.

On the primary day of the drive, round 4,100 well being employees throughout the State had been listed as beneficiaries. It was launched in 140 websites and there have been 30 beneficiaries in every web site. The variety of session websites would improve in a part clever method over the times.

In the primary part,  precedence is given to healthcare staff who’ve been within the forefront of the COVID-19 administration. They will probably be adopted by entrance line staff in different departments resembling municipality, police. Thereafter, folks above 50-years, and people under 50-years with co-morbidities will probably be given precedence.

The vaccine will probably be given in two doses with a spot of 28-days. The State Health division has acquired 3.64 lakh doses of Covishield, and 20000 doses of Covaxin. Both the vaccines will probably be used within the State. – Okay. Shiv Shanker

Mumbai

Inoculation drive at 285 centres in Maharashtra

Dr. Madhura Patil will get first dose of COVIDSHIELD vaccine in presence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at BKC vaccination centre on Saturday.  
| Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

The inoculation drive is going down at 285 centres in Maharashtra the place 100 healthcare staff will probably be administered the pictures in a day, and canopy 28,500 staff, an official mentioned.

The state has acquired 9.63 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 20,000 doses of Covaxin vaccine, which have been distributed to all of the districts.

Rajasthan

Vaccination in Rajasthan will probably be carried out at 167 centres

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot addressing a function marking the launch of COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Jaipur.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot addressing a operate marking the launch of COVID-19 vaccination marketing campaign in Jaipur.
 
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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot addressed a operate marking the launch of COVID-19 vaccination marketing campaign in Jaipur. “COVID-19 management has been excellent in Rajasthan,” mentioned Mr. Gehlot. “Even the Centre appreciated it. Mortality rate has come down significantly, just before the vaccination begins,” he mentioned.

“Our country is expert in vaccination manufacturing. People should be convinced. Vaccination in Rajasthan will be carried out at 167 centres established across the State.”

“No scope for negligence after the vaccines are administered. Health protocols must be followed. The State government will ensure this,” the CM mentioned.

Mr. Gehlot interacted with officers at some vaccination centres by way of video-conferencing. Dr. Sudhir Bhandari, Principal, Sawai Man Singh Government Medical College, Jaipur, is the primary to get vaccinated. He mentioned to the CM that the well being and frontline warriors are alert and dedicated for combating the pandemic.

New Delhi

Sanitation employee in AIIMS first particular person in Delhi to get COVID-19 vaccination

Niti Aayog member VK Paul bought his COVID-19 vaccination within the Capital metropolis on Saturday. People waited in queue to get the vaccine on the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality hospital in New Delhi.

Manish Kumar, sanitation worker at AIIMS was the first to get the vaccine in New Delhi.

Manish Kumar, sanitation employee at AIIMS was the primary to get the vaccine in New Delhi.  
| Photo Credit: Shinjini Ghosh

 

Mr. Kumar mentioned, “It feels great to take the vaccine as it will only help me work for the country even more. Even my mother is a sanitation worker here. I am feeling perfectly fine after taking the shot.”

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh launches vaccination drive

A health worker being administered vaccine for Covid-19 at the session site in Korukollu village in Krishna district on Saturday as vaccination drive and was taken up across the state.

A well being employee being administered vaccine for Covid-19 on the session web site in Korukollu village in Krishna district on Saturday as vaccination drive and was taken up throughout the state.  
| Photo Credit: Raju V.

As vaccination drive was taken up throughout Andhra Pradesh, well being staff bought their vaccine shot. 332 vaccine session websites had been recognized within the State for the launch of the inoculation drive.

Kerala

Kerala begins the vaccination programme

Vipin Varkey, pulmonologist, Government General Hospital, Kozhikode, was the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine shot in Kozhikode district on January 16, 2021.

Vipin Varkey, pulmonologist, Government General Hospital, Kozhikode, was the primary to get the COVID-19 vaccine shot in Kozhikode district on January 16, 2021.
 
| Photo Credit: K. Ragesh

In Kozhikode, Kerala, Vipin Varkey, pulmonologist, Government General Hospital, was the primary to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine shot within the district.

First set of docs obtain pictures in Ernakulam

The first set of docs who acquired the Covishield vaccine on the Ernakulam General Hospital included General Hospital Superintendent Dr. A. Anitha, senior cardio thoracic surgeon Dr. Jose Chacko Periappuram and Dr. M.G. Sivadas, District Reproductive and Child Health Officer, who’s the nodal officer for vaccination in Ernakulam.

After a 30 minute remark interval, they skilled no antagonistic results, they informed the media. It was a prick that was barely felt, Dr. Periappuram mentioned.

The vaccination drive within the district kicked off from the General Hospital with District Collector S. Suhas and Mayor M. Anilkumar being current to flag it off after the Prime Minister’s tackle.

The vaccination sales space has been arrange on the Palliative Care unit of the hospital and most employees members of the hospital and a few well being officers within the district will probably be vaccinated on the centre on Saturday. The vaccine is being administered by the employees nurses on the hospital.

A complete of 1200 well being staff are being vaccinated at 12 centres throughout the district on Saturday. District Collector S. Suhas informed the media right here that further centres would start performing from Monday onwards. Around 225 websites have been readied within the district to this point to manage the vaccine.

– Abhinaya H.

Health staff in Kozhikode take the Covishield vaccine

Vipin Varkey, guide, respiratory drugs, Government General Hospital, was the primary among the many well being staff in Kozhikode district to take the Covishield vaccine on Saturday. He informed the media after the obligatory 30-minute remark interval that he had no uneasiness or irritation. “There is no need to panic. Vaccination is required to ward off the threat of infection,” he mentioned. The vaccination drive is being held in 11 centres in Kozhikode district and 100 folks every are being given the dose, DMO V. Jayasree mentioned.

Karnataka

Vaccination drive begins in Karnataka

55-year-old Thyagaraj, cook at a hospital canteen, was the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine shot at Sir C.V. Raman Hospital in Indiranagar, Bengaluru, on January 16, 2021.

55-year-old Thyagaraj, prepare dinner at a hospital canteen, was the primary to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine shot at Sir C.V. Raman Hospital in Indiranagar, Bengaluru, on January 16, 2021.
 
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Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s digital launch of COVID-19 vaccination was ongoing, Chandrashekar, a 32-year-old ‘D’ group employee in Okay.C. General hospital, Bengaluru, was given the jab. He is the primary particular person to have acquired the vaccination.

After taking the shot,  Mr. Chandrashekar mentioned he was feeling proud to be the primary recipient. “I was infected with COVID-19 and have recovered. I had resolved to take the vaccine as soon as it is available so that I do not infect others,” he mentioned.

A complete of 23,400 healthcare staff together with prime docs are taking the vaccine on the inaugural day.

Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, Heath and Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar along with Union Mijister Prahalad Joshi participated in the virtual launch at PMSSY hospital on Victoria hospital campus.

Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, Heath and Medical Education Minister Okay. Sudhakar together with Union Mijister Prahalad Joshi participated within the digital launch at PMSSY hospital on Victoria hospital campus.
 
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Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, Heath and Medical Education Minister Okay. Sudhakar together with Union Mijister Prahalad Joshi participated within the digital launch at PMSSY hospital on Victoria hospital campus. The hospital was decked up with balloons and flowers for the launch.

At PMSSY hospital, the primary recipient – Nagaratna, a ‘D’ group employee at Victoria Hospital, Bengaluru – was given the jab within the presence of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. The CM greeted the recipient with roses.

Doctors Sudarshan Ballal and M.Okay. Sudarshan, who’re members of the State’s COVID-19 skilled committee, bought themselves vaccinated at Victoria hospital. They had been among the many first 5 to be vaccinated right here.

Speaking after collaborating within the digital launch, the Chief Minister mentioned the vaccines had been utterly secure and there ought to be no hesitancy in taking it. “Top doctors along with other healthcare workers are taking the vaccine. Today is a historic day and we have reached the final stage of our battle against COVID-19,” he mentioned.

Dr. Lakshmipathy, nodal officer for COVID-19 at Okay.C. General hospital, who was the among the many first 5 to get the shot on the hospital, mentioned, “all vaccination shots induced mild pain at the injection site; fever and myalgia are common side effects with any vaccine. There is no need to worry about this. The vaccine is completely safe.”

Tumkur District Surgeon T.A. Veerabhadraiah, among the many first 5 who took the jab, mentioned there was completely no ache close to the injection web site. “We have made all arrangements to deal with adverse events following immunisation, if any,” he mentioned.

– Afshan Yasmeen

Tamil Nadu

First pictures of vaccine administered in Tamil Nadu

E. Theranirajan, dean of Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai, taking the vaccine shot on January 16, 2021.

E. Theranirajan, dean of Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai, taking the vaccine shot on January 16, 2021.
 
| Photo Credit: Jothi Ramalingam B.

First shot of COVID-19 vaccination was administered to healthcare staff at GRH in Madurai within the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi Okay. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.

– S. Sundar

The first dose of vaccine was administered to Tamil Nadu Government Doctors’ Association president Okay. Senthil.

Indian Medical Association nationwide president J. A. Jayalal, its Tamil Nadu president, P. Ramakrishnan and Government Rajaji Hospital Dean J. Sangumani had been amongst these from the medical fraternity who volunteered to get vaccinated on day one.

 

In Chennai, R. Jayanthi, dean of Government Medical College Hospital, Omandurar Estate took the vaccine on the primary day of launch.

– Serena Josephine M.

 

Prime Minister Modi flags-off COVID-19 vaccination drive

Health workers listening to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address ahead of the launch of COVID-19 vaccination drive at Government General Hospital, Kozhikode, on January 16, 2021.

Health staff listening to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tackle forward of the launch of COVID-19 vaccination drive at Government General Hospital, Kozhikode, on January 16, 2021.
 
| Photo Credit: K. Ragesh

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags-off the primary part of the pan-India roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination drive by way of video conferencing.

“For so many months everyone has been asking when the vaccine (for COVID-19) will come and now it is here. Minutes from now, the world’s largest vaccination drive will begin,” Mr. Modi mentioned.

Congratulating everybody, “especially the scientists who are involved in the process’, the Prime Minister said, “They have labored relentlessly; the method of creating a vaccine takes years, however in such a short while we now have been given two made-in-India vaccines.”

This was proof of India’s talent, he said.

‘India’s vaccine drive based on humane protocol’

India’s vaccination programme is based on humane protocol, Mr. Modi said, since the “most weak are getting the vaccination first.”

“Our docs, nurses, paramedic and cleansing employees have the primary declare to this vaccine.”

In the next phase, the 3 crore people involved in essential services — police, fire personnel etc., will be vaccinated.

Dry runs of the immunisation programme were undertaken before the actual roll-out of the vaccination programme, he said, adding, everything was being tracked and recorded.

A woman walks past a painting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day before the inauguration of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, on a street in Mumbai, January 15, 2021.

A lady walks previous a portray of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day earlier than the inauguration of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, on a avenue in Mumbai, January 15, 2021.
 
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Two doses

He reminded those who the COVID-19 vaccination includes 2 doses. “Don’t forget, they are both important. Also remember the gap between the doses,” he mentioned. Only 14 days after taking the entire vaccination will you be protected, he warned.

He requested that COVID-19 protocols be adopted even after getting the vaccines.

‘Massive train’

Calling the vaccination programme a “massive exercise”, Mr. Modi mentioned, “history hasn’t seen such a scale and reach of a vaccination programme.”

Second part of the drive, which is able to cowl 30 crore folks, will see older, weak inhabitants getting the vaccine.

The PM mentioned rumours have to be stored at bay: “The EUA for the vaccines has come in after proper testing. India has been providing the world with vaccines. There is tremendous faith in India’s vaccines- they are cheaper and easier to use.”

Indian vaccines, he mentioned, used know-how greatest tailor-made for the nation.

Let us imagine in ourselves, he exhorted, including, “When COVID reached India we didn’t have a single testing lab but now we have a robust network of laboratories. And we have enough COVID-19 medical equipment to export.”

‘Learnt from the previous’

Mr. Modi mentioned whereas the previous interval of the pandemic taught some powerful classes, the interval additionally gave start to hope: “there was a lot learnt in the period of the pandemic. This virus isolated many in the family- children have been isolated from their mothers, healthcare workers stayed away from families and served those affected by the virus. So, giving them priority in the vaccination drive is our way of honouring them.”

“We turned this around as our strength. We were alert, took early decisive decision. We brought in a high level committee even before the first case. We brought in our first advisory on 17 January. We were among the first to start passenger surveillance. We have shown great resilience so far,” Mr Modi mentioned.

“Lockdown wasn’t an easy decision, but we took care of those who were economically hit. We presented an example to the world.”

“India evacuated its citizens stuck in other countries. The country gave testing labs to countries which were struggling India showed the world how to follow COVID-19 protocols. And because of this, case fatality has come down and recovery rate has gone up. Several districts have recorded no COVID-19 cases in in the past few days.”

“Our vaccination drive and our manufacturing capacity is an example to the world. We are duty-bound to help the world fight this virus.”

‘Vaccination and COVID-19-appropriate behaviour’

“This will be a long-running vaccination programme. Mask/ social distancing and other social protocol are vital even during the vaccination programme. We have to take a new resolution — vaccination and also COVID-19-appropriate behavior.”

“You, your family and the world should stay healthy and safe.”

The Prime Minister launches the world’s largest vaccination programme.

 

Global COVID-19 loss of life toll tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million on January 15, crossing the brink amid a vaccine rollout so immense however so uneven that in some international locations there may be actual hope of vanquishing the outbreak, whereas in different, less-developed components of the world, it appears a far-off dream.

The numbing determine was reached simply over a yr after the coronavirus was first detected within the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan. The variety of lifeless, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the inhabitants of Brussels, Mecca, Minsk or Vienna.

While vaccination drives in wealthy international locations have been hamstrung by lengthy strains, insufficient budgets and a patchwork of state and native approaches, the obstacles are far larger in poorer nations, which may have weak well being methods, crumbling transportation networks, entrenched corruption and an absence of dependable electrical energy to maintain vaccines chilly sufficient.

New Delhi

Policy cloud delays Brazil vaccine flight

A flight, due to leave Brazil on January 14, 2021 and return on January 16 with 2 million doses of Covishield vaccine, was put off, the Brazilian Ministry of Health announced, citing logistical and licensing issues. Photo: gov.br/saude

A flight, as a result of go away Brazil on January 14, 2021 and return on January 16 with 2 million doses of Covishield vaccine, was postpone, the Brazilian Ministry of Health introduced, citing logistical and licensing points. Photo: gov.br/saude
 

 

A particular aircraft from Brazil to hold the primary exports of Covishield, the India-made coronavirus vaccine, was delayed on Friday, amid confusion over clearance for the shipment, officers in New Delhi mentioned.

The flight, as a result of go away Brazil on Thursday and return on Saturday with 2 million doses of the vaccine, was postpone, the Brazilian Ministry of Health introduced, citing logistical and licensing points.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Embassy in New Delhi, is in constant contact with the Indian authorities, following the letter from President Jair Bolsonaro to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, of January 8, to ensure that the aircraft’s arrival authorised and that the cargo export license is granted without any hitches. The Brazilian Air Force is also involved in issues of authorisation to fly over and land the aircraft,” the Health Ministry in a press release issued in Brasilia mentioned.

According to the officers, Brazilian authorities have now intimated them that the aircraft would depart Recife in Brazil for the 15,000 km, 18-hour journey to Mumbai on Saturday morning (IST), however provided that it receives clearances from India.

China

China places 20,000 villagers in quarantine over virus threat

China has despatched over 20,000 rural residents dwelling within the epicentre of the nation’s newest virus outbreak to state-run quarantine services, as Beijing on Friday reported the worst nationwide figures since March. The nation had largely introduced the virus below management after strict measures, together with mass testing and journey restrictions.

However, latest weeks have seen numbers climbing, particularly within the north, prompting a contemporary wave of lockdowns and restrictions.

AFP

USA

Joe Biden’s virus plan: 100 million pictures simply the beginning

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks about his plan to administer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to the U.S. population during a news conference at Biden's transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. on January 15, 2021.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks about his plan to manage coronavirus illness (COVID-19) vaccines to the U.S. inhabitants throughout a information convention at Biden’s transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. on January 15, 2021.
 
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Reuters

 

Getting 100 million pictures into Americans’ arms in his first 100 days is barely the start of his coronavirus plan, President-elect Joe Biden has declared.

Lasting impression, he mentioned, will come from uniting the nation in a brand new effort grounded in science and fueled by billions in federal cash for vaccination, testing and outbreak sleuths.

“You have my word: We will manage the hell out of this operation,” Mr. Biden mentioned on January 15. But he additionally underscored a necessity for Congress to approve extra money and for folks to maintain following primary precautions, resembling sporting masks, avoiding gatherings and incessantly washing their palms.

Telangana

DCGI nod for part Three trials for Sputnik V vaccine

Sputnik V, the vaccine for COVID-19 developed by Russia

Sputnik V, the vaccine for COVID-19 developed by Russia
 

 

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has acquired Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approval to conduct phase 3 clinical trial for Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Sputnik V, within the nation.

The part Three trial will probably be performed on 1,500 topics as a part of the randomised, double blind, parallel group, placebo managed examine in India, the Hyderabad-headquartered drugmaker mentioned. Dr. Reddy’s and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) had introduced a partnership in September on scientific trials for Sputnik V and its distribution rights in India.

“We expect to commence the phase 3 study within this month and will continue to fast-track our efforts to bringing in a safe and efficacious vaccine for the Indian population,” Dr. Reddy’s co-chairman and MD G.V. Prasad mentioned in a press release on Friday.

Maharashtra

The decorated vaccination centre at Bandra Kurla Complex on January 16, 2021.

The embellished vaccination centre at Bandra Kurla Complex on January 16, 2021.
 
| Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

 

New Delhi

Dedicated 24×7 name centre — 1075 — arrange for the vaccination programme

A devoted 24×7 name centre — 1075 — has additionally been established for addressing the queries associated to the pandemic, vaccine rollout and the CoWIN software program, info launched by the Prime Minister’s Office mentioned.

The vaccination drive, the place the beneficiaries at present is not going to have a selection between the 2 vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin — out there in India, has been deliberate in a phased method, figuring out precedence teams, the Health Ministry mentioned.

Healthcare workers, both in the government and private sectors including Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) staff, will obtain the vaccine throughout this primary part.



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