161 sites identified in Odisha for vaccine drive: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar, Jan 12: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the state has made extensive arrangement for mega vaccination drive for COVID-19, starting from January 16, in all the 162 identified sites. 

Patnaik said, “162 vaccination sites have been identified across districts and necessary infrastructure has been established for this purpose.” 

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COVID-19 vaccine, boundary dispute on Nepal foreign minister’s agenda during India visit

New Delhi, Jan 08: The sixth Nepal-India Joint Commission meeting between Foreign Minister, S Jaishankar and his Nepal counterpart, Pradeep Gyawal will take place on January 14.

The meeting is an important one and would demonstrate India’s support to Nepal and its people and the K P Sharma Oli government as well. Oli had dissolved Parliament stating that his rivals were hindering the decision making process. China’s attempts to patch up the warring factions also fell flat. 

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Study by Chinese claiming COVID-19 originated in India withdrawn

New Delhi, Dec 15: A study that had claimed that India may be the place where the earliest human to human novel coronavirus transmission had occurred has been withdrawn from the preprint platform of the medical journal, The Lancet.

A report in the Global Times said that the study was first posted on SSRN.com, the preprint portal of the medical journal on November 17. However the article has been withdrawn. 

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Gearing for first phase of COVID-19 vaccine shots, cold chains being put in place

New Delhi, Dec 09: India is gearing up with 28,947 cold chain points and 85,643 pieces of equipment across the country that are capable of storing vaccines needed for the first set of 3 crore health and frontline workers.

Additional vaccinators, a digital platform for vaccine delivery and a detailed implementation plan to inoculate a 30 crore priority population are being mobilised for the first phase.

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COVID-19 briefing: 60 foreign envoys arrive in India

New Delhi, Dec 08: 60 heads of foreign mission flown in by the Centre have arrived in India and they would visit Bharat Biotech and Biological E, the two biotech companies that are working on a vaccine against COVID-19.

At Hyderabad, the envoys will be briefed about the progress made by the scientists who are woking on the vaccine, officials tell OneIndia Bharat Biotech has filed for emergency use authorisation of Covaxin. After Pfizer and Serum Institute of India (SII), Bharat Biotech became the third company to seek such regulatory approval.

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Talks on cold chain for COVID-19 vaccine begin between India and Luxembourg firm

New Delhi, Dec 05: India has begun talks with the Luxembourg firm on cold chain for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Two top officials of the Luxembourg headquartered B Medical Systems will over the weekend hold talks with senior government officials, scientists and diplomats on setting up of a cold chain for COVID-19 vaccine.

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Millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to be supplied by Moderna, Pfizer

New Delhi, Nov 17: Two pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Moderna have given some good news on the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Moderna said on Monday that its candidate for the vaccine is nearly 95 per cent effective in preventing the viral disease. As per the projections, it would produce 20 million vaccine doses by the end of this year. 

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Mizoram govt issues new guidelines for social gatherings

socialAizawl, Aug 14: The Mizoram government has issued additional standard operating procedure (SOP) to be followed in any gathering to ensure that social distancing is strictly maintained in view of the rise of COVID-19 cases in the state, an official said.

The order was issued on Thursday after a meeting of top officials, NGOs, churches and doctors chaired by Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Wednesday, the official said.

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Overcharged COVID-19 patients get lakhs in refund after team led by IPS officer Roopa steps in

d-roopaBengaluru, July 28: Several hospitals in Bengaluru have refunded lakhs of Rupees taken as advance from COVID-19 patients. Many private hospitals in the city have been charging huge fees to patients, despite the government order against the same. The hospitals have been told to pay a cumulative sum of Rs 24 lakh to 22 patients on account of overcharging them.

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Irrelevance owing to COVID-19 could prompt terror groups to launch strikes

ter-mnNew Delhi, July 27: The fear of irrelevance owing to the COVID-19 pandemic may prompt terrorist groups to launch terror strikes, a report by the United Nations said.

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) remains resilient; and Al-Qaida has ingrained itself in local communities and conflicts. Both organizations and their global affiliates and supporters continue to generate violence around the world, whether through insurgency tactics, the direction and facilitation of terrorism or providing the inspiration for attacks.