Prime Minister Narendra Modi and MPs and MLAs above 50 years are likely to be vaccinated in the second phase of India’s vaccination drive against COVID-19. The vaccination campaign was launched on January 16 and healthcare workers and all frontline workers are going to be vaccinated under phase 1 of the drive.
According to the Union health ministry, 8.06 lakh people have been administered their first dose of the vaccine till Wednesday. Over 1.31 lakh people were vaccinated in the past 24 hours.
Two vaccines approved by India
The Indian drug regulator has approved two low-cost vaccines against COVID-19. One of the approved vaccines is manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India and it has been jointly developed by AstraZeneca and University of Oxford. Another vaccine approved for “restricted emergency use” has been manufactured by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech.
Notably, some people had faced health issues after the vaccine was administered and deaths have been also reported after inoculation. However, the authorities have maintained that the deaths were not related to the vaccine.
Over 1.06 crore COVID-19 cases
The health ministry on Thursday informed that 15,223 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 1.06 crore.
Also, 151 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,52,869.
Of the over 1.06 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 1.92 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is less than 2 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.02 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 18.93 crore samples for COVID-19 has been tested in the country.
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