- Centre’s 60L jabs in July to slacken state vax drive.
Karnataka is set to receive nearly 60 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines in July, allowing it to administer just about two lakh jabs daily, slowing down the pace of the vaccination drive. The Centre shared the “advance visibility of vaccine availability” with states earlier this month and the same was submitted as part of the affidavit to the Supreme Court late Saturday evening. Read More:
- Govt unveils Covid relief package
The Centre on Monday announced a 50% expansion in the emergency loan scheme for small and medium businesses to Rs 4.5 lakh crore and extended further support to healthcare and tourism sectors to help the country recover from the second wave of Covid-19. Read More:
- Shortage, hesitancy mar efforts to vaccinate APMC labourers
Only 10% of over 5,000 workers in the Yeshwantpur APMC market have received the first vaccine dose, while over 1,000 shifted to the Dasanapura market are yet to receive the first jab. Read More:
- India overtakes US in total jabs given, now world No. 2
India has overtaken the US in total number of Covid-19 vaccines administered so far with over 32.8 crore doses till Monday while the US has logged 32.3 crore doses. India began its vaccination drive on January 16, more than a month after the US did on December 14, 2020. Over 48 lakh doses were given on Monday till 7pm. Read More:
- 10-month dosage gap boosts antibodies, says Oxford study
Two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, administered 44-45 weeks apart, generated nearly four times the level of antibodies than when the doses were given 8-12 weeks apart, says a report by the Oxford Vaccine Group, the developers of the vaccine, on Monday. Antibody levels remained elevated for nearly a year and a third booster dose of the vaccine, given to a subset of volunteers, also significantly boosted antibody levels to twice that after a second dose. Read More:
- Pupils worried over EU’s lack of vax recognition
The exclusion of Covishield, AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India, from the European Union’s Covid ‘Green Pass’ has left hundreds of Europe-bound students and working professionals confused and helpless. While AstraZeneca’s Vaxzervia is one of four vaccines recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the same vaccine manufactured in India and distributed under the name Covishield has not been approved. Read More:
- State recruits nearly 2,000 MBBS graduates for ICU care.
Ahead of an impending third wave, the State government has completed recruiting nearly 2,000 MBBS graduates to work in the ICUs of 18 government medical college hospitals and taluk hospitals. Read More:
- Mucormycosis: State caps cost of CT/MRI scans in private hospitals.
With the number of mucormycosis cases on the rise in the State, the government has capped the price of CT and MRI scans to diagnose the fungal infection in private hospitals and laboratories. The service will be offered for free in government facilities, according to a government order. Read More:
- COVID-19 test report must for travellers from Kerala.
With the State partially lifting lockdown curbs, the Kodagu and the Dakshina Kannada district administrations have stepped up surveillance at check posts bordering Kerala, making RT-PCR negative report mandatory for travellers to enter the State. Read More:
- BBMP takes up exercise to identify pockets not covered by vaccination.
To ensure maximum coverage of vaccination, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has taken up an exercise to identify uncovered pockets. Read More: