India to buy Pfizer, Moderna vaccines only at special price

10 Jun, 2021, 09.46 AM IST

The govt could essentially function as a canalising agency to facilitate supply of these vaccines in the country. Pfizer had not participated in the tenders floated by state governments, saying it will only deal with the Centre for its vaccine, which is based on the novel mRNA technology.

New vaccine policy came after weeks of evaluation and deliberations: Government

08 Jun, 2021, 10.41 PM IST

The opposition parties claimed that the new guidelines for vaccination were issued after the Supreme Court questioned the Centre’s policy of paid vaccination for the 18-44 age group.

Action plan for child care ready, no cause for panic: VK Paul

08 Jun, 2021, 09.11 AM IST

“It is known that older children have been getting infected but often have little symptoms and only rarely any serious disease. They also infect others. It is important to ensure preparedness for pediatric Covid in adequate measure going forward for which government has provided an action plan,” said Paul at a subsequent interaction.

Districts with less than 5% weekly test positivity rate to gradually unlock

02 Jun, 2021, 07.42 AM IST

As per health ministry statistics, there are 350 districts that have less than 5% test positivity, 145 districts with 5-10% positivity and 239 with over 10%. ICMR director-general Balram Bhargava said that by mid-July, India would have the capacity to conduct 1 crore inoculations per day.

States deny asking GoI for policy to buy jabs directly

30 May, 2021, 07.10 AM IST

ET spoke to ministers and health ministry officials from Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Telangana. While some chief ministers had written to the prime minister earlier seeking flexibility in the vaccination policy, those requests had focused on expanding the Covid-19 immunisation drive.

Govt reconstitutes empowered groups on COVID-19; oxygen, vaccination included too

29 May, 2021, 09.45 PM IST

According to an official order, the issues related to oxygen production, import, establishment of PSA plants will be dealt with by an empowered group, whose convenor will be the Secretary in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and it will have 10 members.

Studies under way to ascertain need for booster Covid vaccine dose: Centre

27 May, 2021, 11.19 PM IST

Responding to a question on whether a booster dose is needed, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said if there is a need, it will be communicated to the people.

Govt looking into securing part of J&J vaccines for Indian market: Sources

26 May, 2021, 09.57 PM IST

Hyderabad-based Biological E has, however, proposed to manufacture about 30 crore doses of its indigenous vaccine exclusively for the Indian market by December and has sought “funding support” from the government. Its vaccine candidate is currently in phase 1/2 clinical trial phase.

Eight COVID-19 survivors die of black fungus in Maharashtra: DMER

08 May, 2021, 07.56 PM IST

“Eight out of 200 such patients treated so far in various parts of the state have died due to mucormycosis, also known as a black fungus. They survived COVID-19 infection but the fungal infection attacked their weak immune system which proved fatal,” Dr Lahane told .

How Indian pharma companies should have dealt with Remdesivir crisis

07 May, 2021, 11.50 PM IST

Incidentally, pharma companies have been conspicuous by their silence, busy making hay while the sun shines. Except for disseminating helpline numbers or web-links to check the availability of the medicine stock — measures that haven’t helped much during the peak of the second wave —the companies did little to stem the crisis. Instead, they became part of the problem as they faltered in their role of patients’ outreach and doctor education.

7500 MT oxygen being produced in India daily, 6,600 MT allocated to states for medical use: Government

21 Apr, 2021, 09.45 PM IST

Bhushan further said that a 24×7 control room has been set up where state governments can raise the problems bring faced by them like if their truck is stuck somewhere or the if movement is being hindered.

Encourage patients to get COVID-19 vaccine, educate people against rumours: PM to doctors

19 Apr, 2021, 07.43 PM IST

Urging doctors to educate people against “rumours” on COVID treatment and prevention, Modi said it is very important in these difficult times to not become a victim of panic, an official statement said.

COVID-19 spreading at fast pace, next 4 weeks critical: Health Ministry

06 Apr, 2021, 11.47 PM IST

Addressing the weekly press conference on the condition of pandemic in the country, Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog said that the coronavirus situation in some states is worse than in others.

Covid spike: Union Health Secretary chairs high-level meet with 12 States, UTs

27 Mar, 2021, 05.10 PM IST

The focus was on 46 districts that have contributed 71% of the cases and 69% of deaths this month. Of the total 36 districts in Maharashtra, 25 are most affected that account for 59.8% of cases reported in the country during the past one week.

Maharashtra Covid-19 situation very worrying: Health Ministry

12 Mar, 2021, 11.06 AM IST

​​Earlier today, the Nagpur administration announced a strict lockdown from March 15 to 21, during which only essential services will be allowed. All private offices will remain closed and govt offices will work at 25 per cent capacity.​​​​

PM Modi to chair Niti Aayog’s Governing Council meeting on Feb 20

18 Feb, 2021, 08.27 PM IST

The sixth meeting of the Governing Council will witness the entry of Ladakh for the first time, in addition to the participation of Jammu and Kashmir as a UT, the statement said.


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