The Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology has launched 'Mission COVID Suraksha- the Indian COVID-19 Vaccine Development Mission'.
Two vaccines, namely Covishield manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and Covaxin manufactured by Bharat Biotech, that have been granted permission for restricted use in emergency situation by the national regulator are being procured by the central government for free supply to states/UTs.
In August, Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of a third dose.
"The company has received permission from Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to import Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for restricted emergency use in the country."
A total of 30,16,26,028 vaccine doses have been administered through 40,45,516 sessions, as per the provisional report on Thursday, with 64,89,599 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hours.
Of the 80 low-income countries involved in Covax, "at least half of them do not have sufficient vaccines to be able to sustain their programmes right now", Aylward said, at a WHO briefing in Geneva on Monday.
The White House on Monday introduced plans to share 55 million Covid-19 vaccine doses with the rest of the world.
The two-dose Covid shot will be available at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram and Fortis Hospital, Mohali. It will be extended at more Fortis hospitals across 11 cities. The price per dose for Sputnik V (as fixed by the government) including administrative charges is Rs 1,145.
Novavax Inc had announced that NVX-CoV2373, its recombinant nanoparticle protein-based Covid-19 vaccine, demonstrated 100 per cent protection against moderate and severe disease, 90.4 per cent efficacy overall.
"Sonu Sood had received the drugs from several pharmacies located inside the private Lifeline Care Hospital in Goregaon. Pharma company Cipla had supplied Remdesivir to these pharmacies and inquiry into it was still going on," Kumbhakoni said.
On the decision to increase the gap between two doses of Covishield from four-six weeks to 12-16 weeks, he said the move was based on scientific decision and there was no dissenting voice among the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) members.
Speaking at the end of a G-7 leaders' summit in southwest England, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the fantastic degree of harmony among the reenergised group, which met in person for the first time in two years.
Noting that 60 per cent to 70 per cent of the children who got infected and got admitted in hospitals during the second wave in India, had either comorbidities or low immunity, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director said that healthy children recovered with mild illness without need for hospitalisation.
Vaccine doses provided free of cost by the Centre will be allocated to states and union territories based on criteria such as population, disease burden and progress of vaccination.
India has to stretch its finances even in FY21 as Covid pandemic and nationwide lockdown severely dented economic environment pushing up India's deficit with lower revenue and higher expenditure.
The two "Made in India" vaccines got the Drug Controller General of India's (DCGI) approval for restricted emergency use this year leading to the beginning of the world's largest vaccination drive from January 16.
The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) on Friday granted Serum Institute of India (SII) the permission to manufacture Russian COVID Vaccine- Sputnik V for examination test and analysis at its licensed facility at Hadapsar, ANI quoted sources as saying.
Congress MP from Koraput, Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka, Jatani MLA Suresh Routray and Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) working president Pradeep Majhi demanded the immediate vaccination of 4.5 crore population of the State.
"From then on, we should be able to vaccinate everybody in India properly and that should help us," he said, amid a shortage of vaccine in various states.
Odisha government has received limited response to the global tender floated for procurement of COVID19 vaccines. This is according to Odisha Health Minister Naba Das who has shot a letter to the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan demanding vaccine procurement at country-level.
In a letter to his counterparts in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Odisha, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Delhi, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said all the states should put before the PM the need for giving the vaccines free of cost to all the states,
For vaccines to result in actual vaccination of people, highly coordinated efforts are required from international supply chain, manufacturers, regulators, and state and Central government agencies, it added.
Major consignments were received on May 23 and May 24 from United Arab Emirates (UAE), Singapore, Ontario (Canada), US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and Nestle (Swiss India Chamber of Commerce). The foreign relief aid includes 20 oxygen concentrators, 540 oxygen cylinders and 536 ventilators or Bi-PAP or CPAP.
"More than 75 per cent of all vaccines have been administered in just 10 countries." The fate of the rest of the world is controlled by a small group of countries that are making and buying the majority of the vaccines,"
A group of people in Barabanki's Sisaurha village jumped into the Saryu river after seeing a team of health officials coming to inoculate them against coronavirus.