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Ex-MCI chief Ketan Desai receives second shot of COVID-19 vaccine in Ahmedabad

Former president of Medical Council of India (MCI) Dr. Ketan Desai and his wife received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Notably, Desai was the first person to get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Ahmedabad. He had taken the first dose of the vaccine in the presence of...

Woman healthcare worker dies in Surendranagar, received COVID-19 vaccine 10 days ago

A woman healthcare worker posted at the Sayla primary health centre in Surendranagar district has died. She was administered with the vaccine against COVID-19 10 days back. The exact reason of death could not be ascertained so far and will be clear only after the post mortem report. Notably, the woman, Kajal Solanki, was having...

Ward boy dies in UP after receiving COVID-19 jab, 447 cases of adverse effects reported across India

A hospital worker in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad died on Sunday within 24 hours of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The government, however, has claimed that the death of the ward boy Mahipal Singh is unrelated to vaccination and he died of a heart attack. Notably, the deceased had complained of chest congestion and breathlessness and his...

Pfizer, others will have to conduct clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine in India for approval

Pfizer and BioNTech will have to conduct local clinical trials for securing emergency use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine, the government has said. The head of the government task force on COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. VK Paul, said that local clinical trials are a pre-condition for seeking emergency use authorisation. Notably, Pfizer and BioNTech have applied...

PM Modi to launch COVID-19 vaccination drive on Jan 16

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the countrywide COVID-19 vaccination programme that is all set to begin on Saturday. Around 3 lakh healthcare workers are likely to receive the shot on day 1 of the vaccination drive. The vaccination campaign will start from 3,000 sites across the country on Saturday and 100 people will be...

Matter of pride for Indians as vaccines ‘Made in India’: PM Modi

Moments after the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved two COVID-19 vaccines for restricted emergency use, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it will accelerate the journey to a healthier and COVID-free nation. He also said that the vaccines are a matter of pride for Indians as they are ‘Made in India’. PM Modi tweets...

India approves two COVID-19 vaccines for “restricted emergency use”

In a major development, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on Sunday granted “restricted emergency use” authorisation to the vaccines being manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech. The move comes at a time when COVID-19 cases in the country have already crossed 1.03 crore and the death toll is nearing...

SII chief wants govt to indemnify vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits during pandemic

Serum Institute of India (SII) chief Adar Poonawalla has requested the Union government to indemnify it against litigations related to their vaccines, especially during a pandemic. He said vaccine manufacturers need to have protections against lawsuits and that they are going to propose the same to the government. Poonawalla said this while speaking at a...

Healthcare worker in Alaska suffers allergic reaction after taking Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

In a major cause of concern over the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine that has been granted emergency use authorisation by the authorities, an Alaskan healthcare worker who was administered Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine suffered a serious allergic reaction. The affected person is stable now after availing treatment for the allergic reaction....

Oxford vaccine will be available in market by April, to cost Rs 1,000: Poonawala

Serum Institute of India (SII), one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers, has said that the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine for COVID-19 shall be available for healthcare workers and senior citizens by February of next year. Its CEO Adar Poonawala has said that the vaccine will be priced at Rs 1,000 for two necessary doses. He added...

Independence Day 2020: PM Modi promises India-made COVID-19 vaccine soon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PM Modi) on Saturday said that an India-made vaccine for COVID-19 will be out soon and it will be produced on a mass scale. He announced as part of his seventh Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort. “We all are waiting for a COVID- 19 vaccine. I want...

Serum Institute gets $150 mn funding for COVID-19 vaccine

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and GAVI vaccines alliance have decided to provide funding of $150 million to the Serum Institute of India. The funding will be provided to Serum Institute to make 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for India and other developing economies by 2021. The vaccine to be priced at $3 per...