Updated: December 15, 2020, 9:13:49 pm
As India prepares to launch one of its largest vaccination programs, the Union Health Department announced that 29,000 cold chain points, 240 walk-in fridges, 70 walk-in freezers, 45,000 ice-cold fridges, 41,000 freezers and 300 solar fridges would be used to store Covid-19 Vaccines are used. At a press conference, Union Health Minister Rajesh Bhushan urged states to prepare for the possibility of a post-vaccination adverse event.
India recorded 22,065 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, its lowest daily high since July. India’s number of cases exceeded the 99 lakh mark. With 354 new deaths, the death toll now stands at 1,43,709.
On a global scale, the coronavirus vaccine is from Moderna was found to be extremely protective of adults and prevented serious cases of Covid-19, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Based on the encouraging results, the agency plans to approve emergency use of the vaccine by Friday to give millions of Americans access to a second Covid-19 vaccine, which starts as early as next week.
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The possibility of an adverse event after a COVID vaccination cannot be ruled out: Govt
Speaking at a press conference, Ministry of Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said Post-Immunization Adverse Events (AEFI) were critical issues and states had been asked to identify at least one AEFI management center in each block. “Even during universal vaccination programs that have been in place for decades, children and pregnant women experience some adverse effects after being shot,” he said.
“So we cannot deny the possibility of an adverse event at the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccination. In countries where vaccination has already started, particularly the UK, adverse events occurred on the first day. It is therefore important that states and union territories also prepare for this, ”said Bhushan.
Under the shadow of Covid-19, Hyderabad’s Numaish is likely to be delayed and shortened
While the uncertainty about Hyderabad’s most anticipated annual extravaganza Numaish caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is great, organizers of the Nizam-era exhibition are hoping for an uninterrupted show, albeit a little delayed or shortened.
Every year traders and craftsmen from near and far take part in the All India Industrial Exhibition, which has been going on since 1938. From clothing, jewelry, tableware, pottery, shoes, bags, carpets, furniture, leather goods and handicrafts from different regions to electronic devices and housewares, the exhibition also includes rides, restaurants and cultural events displays at nearly 2000 booths. The exhibition company estimates the annual average of 22 lakh visitors on the 46 days starting January 1st each year.
While Numaish has been the go-to place for annual shopping as well as rest and relaxation in a Hyderabadi household for the past few decades, traders and artisans are never disappointed with sales. For the exhibition company, the income from the allocation of stands and admission tickets will be used to provide affordable training for female students. Up to 18 educational institutions, including polytechnics across Telangana, all exclusively for girls, are operated by the company.
Tablighi Jamaat: The Delhi court acquitted all 36 foreigners
A Delhi court on Tuesday acquitted all 36 foreigners on trial for allegedly violating Covid-19 guidelines by attending the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi’s Nizamuddin. The Jamaat hit the news in March after Nizamuddin Markaz surfaced as a hotspot. Up to 955 foreigners have been charged by Delhi police with alleged visa violation, missionary activities and failure to comply with the government’s Covid guidelines.
As previously reported by The Indian Express, 44 members had decided to stand trial in Delhi, despite the fact that the majority of Tablighi Jamaat foreign members had reached plea agreements and traveled to their countries. The court had previously dismissed eight of them and found that there was “no prima facie evidence” against them.
The Moderna vaccine is very protective and prevents severe COVID-19, data shows
The coronavirus vaccine manufactured by Moderna is highly protective of adults and prevents serious cases of COVID-19. That emerges from data released Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Based on the encouraging results, the agency plans to issue an emergency clearance for use of the vaccine on Friday, according to people familiar with the FDA’s plans. The decision would give millions of Americans access to a second coronavirus vaccine as early as next week.
The FDA review confirms Moderna’s earlier assessment that the vaccine had a 94.1% effectiveness rate in a study of 30,000 people. Side effects, including fever, headache, and fatigue, were uncomfortable but not dangerous, the agency found.
Chennai: 183 infected with Covid at IIT-Madras; CM orders nationwide tests at colleges
At least 79 residents of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chennai tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. The number of people infected on campus rose to 183. The surge of cases in IIT-Madras has led the government to instruct officials to monitor other colleges and universities across the state.
A team from the Tamil Nadu Department of Health and the Chennai Corporation is already conducting Covid-19 testing at colleges across Chennai.
“Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami has ordered district collectors to closely monitor other colleges and universities. We run aggressive tests … We have already issued two Government Orders (GOs). If a person or management does not comply, we will take action against them under the Epidemic Diseases Act, ”said Dr. Radhakrishnan told reporters in Chennai.
Mukesh Ambani says he will provide technical aids for the Covid-19 vaccination campaign
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani said Tuesday his group was working with authorities to provide technology tools and backbone for mass vaccination against COVID-19. Speaking at a Facebook event, Ambani said the government’s digital push had kept the country going during the pandemic and is now helping roll out one of its largest vaccination programs.
“We are working very closely with all agencies to ensure that we have the technology tools and the backbone to deliver consistent vaccination over the coming quarters using technology,” he said. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also talked about using mobile technology for mass vaccination against COVID-19.
The SC asks the center to give doctors working in the Covid-19 service a break
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the center to consider giving doctors who had been on the COVID-19 service in the past seven to eight months. The Supreme Court said continuous work could harm doctors’ mental health.
A bank of Justices Ashok Bhushan, RS Reddy and MR Shah, hearing a Suo-Motu case about the proper treatment of COVID-19 patients and the dignified handling of corpses in hospitals, asked Attorney General Tushar Mehta to consider the proposals, to give the doctors some break. Mehta assured the bank that the government will consider the bank’s proposal to give health workers working on the COVID-19 service a break.
“Doctors haven’t had a break in the past seven to eight months and are working continuously. They take directions and wonder if you should give them a break. It must be very painful and could affect their sanity, ”the bank told Mehta.
(With entries from PTI)
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