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A consignment containing 5,00,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines gifted by India will reach Sri Lanka on Tuesday. This gift of Covid-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka is a part of India's "Vaccine Maitri" initiative under which India has gifted vaccines to seven other countries in the region. The consignment, which will be containing 500,000 doses of Covishield vaccines manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII), will reach Colombo.
This comes days after Sri Lanka's drugs regulatory body -- National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) gave a go-ahead to Oxford Astrazeneca's vaccine. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited Sri Lanka from January 5-7 upon the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena. During the visit, Sri Lankan side requested India for urgent delivery of Covid vaccines. The supply of 5 lakh doses is a fulfilment of that request.
The delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka is a fulfilment of PM Narendra Modi's commitment made to Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa during the Virtual Bilateral Summit held in September 2020 for all possible support to Sri Lanka for minimizing the health and economic impact of the pandemic.
Over 6,500 people get Covid-19 vaccine shots on Tue in Delhi; turnout 80 pc
Over 6,500 healthcare workers received COVID-19 vaccine shots in Delhi on Wednesday in the second week of the vaccination drive, as the city recorded a turnout of 80 per cent. After a sluggish start, since the exercise was kicked off January 16, the inoculation drive has picked up pace in the last several days. The targeted number for vaccination on January 27 was 8,100, officials said. 7408 "Today, 6,545 people were administered coronavirus vaccine, and AEFI (adverse events following immunisation) was reported in 12 persons," a senior official of the Delhi Health Department said.
On Monday, 7,408 healthcare workers had got the jabs, with a turnout of over 91 per cent, the highest till date. Under the nationwide mega vaccination drive launched on January 16, a total of 4,319 (53 per cent) health workers against a target of 8,117, were administered the shots at 81 centres across the city on day one. On the second scheduled day, the figures had stood at 3,598 (44 per cent of the target).
The sharp fall had come after one severe and 50 minor adverse effect cases were reported, on the opening day of the vaccination drive. The count on third schedule day was much higher, at 4,936 (48 per cent).
353 test Covid-19 positive in Gujarat; active cases below 4,000
Gujarat reported 353 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking its tally to 2,60,220, while 462 patients recovered from the infection, the state health department said. With one more death - reported from Ahmedabad - the state's COVID-19 fatalities rose to 4,382, it said. As many as 462 patients were discharged during the day, pushing the number of recovered cases to 2,51,862, said the department in a release.
With this, the state's COVID-19 recovery rate improved further to 96.79 per cent, it said. There are now 3,976 active cases in Gujarat, with 43 patients being on ventilators, the release said. Ahmedabad and Vadodara reported 75 new cases each followed by Rajkot 64 and Surat 47.
Ahmedabad district's tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 61,770, while the death toll went up to 2,291 with one more fatality, the release said. Surat's COVID-19 tally rose to 52,002 with 47 new cases, said the department. These four districts together accounted for 74 per cent of the total COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday.
47,470 health workers get vaccines today, total 178,371 in Maharashtra
As many as 47,470 health workers or 77 per cent of the targeted workers for the day were administered COVID-19 vaccine doses across 528 centres in Maharashtra on Wednesday, a senior official said. With this, a total of 1,78,371 health workers have been vaccinated so far, Dr Pradeep Vyas, principal secretary of the state public health department said.
While most of the health workers were administered doses of Covishield vaccine, some others from six districts Amravati, Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Solapur and Aurangabad- were given Covaxin, he said. "As many as 47,470 health workers received their first jab of the vaccine at 528 centres," he said.
Punjab reports 10 more Covid-19 deaths, 193 new cases
Punjab reported 10 coronavirus deaths and 193 cases on Wednesday, taking the overall figures to 5,581 fatalities and 1,72,406 infections, officials said. There are 2,080 active COVID-19 cases in the state as on Wednesday, according to a medical bulletin. Among the fresh cases witnessed in the state, Ludhiana reported 38 new cases, Mohali 28 and Jalandhar 26.
A total of 204 coronavirus patients were discharged after recovering from the infection, taking the number of recoveries to 1,64,745, as per the bulletin. Eight critical patients are on ventilator support while 71 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said. A total of 44,04,889 samples have been collected for testing so far in the state, it said.
Bangladesh launches COVID-19 vaccination drive
Bangladesh on Wednesday launched its nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive with AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine Covishield, a week after the first vaccines were delivered by India.Calling it a "historic day" for Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the vaccination campaign virtually from her residence and a nurse of state-run Kurmitola General Hospital (KGH), Runu Veronica Costa, became the first to receive the shot.
"You are not frightened, are you?" Hasina said as a medical official prepared to vaccinate her at the state-run health facility, which was one of the first designated COVID hospitals in the country. Costa in response showed a negative gesture, earning the premier's appreciation who commented "a brave girl". "Many greetings to you, stay healthy and serve many more patients," Hasina said.
We want protection of all from the coronavirus. I want to say to you all to work with sincerity to make the COVID-19 vaccination a success. We want cooperation from all as everything will go well to this end, Hasina said in her inaugural comments. She said the vaccination programme was initiated strictly following World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and protocols while Bangladesh appeared as one of forerunner countries to launch the inoculation campaign.
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First Published: Jan 27 2021 | 7:28 AM IST