Prepare database of frontline workers: Yogi

Lucknow, Jan 21 (IANS) UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to promptly prepare a database of the frontline workers for the upcoming phase of the vaccination campaign. According to the government spokesman, the Chief Minister directed that every action of the vaccination campaign should be in accordance with the guidelines and standards set […]

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Russia adds 21,152 new Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Jan 20 (IANS) Russia confirmed 21,152 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total to 36,33,952, the country’s Covid-19 response centre said in a statement on Wednesday. The number of deaths increased by 597 to 67,220, the centre said, adding 3,027,316 people have so far recovered, including 25,290 recoveries over […]

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Possible allergic reactions to Moderna Covid vaccine under probe

New York, Jan 20 (IANS) US-based drugmaker Moderna has confirmed that it has received a report from California’s health department that several individuals at one vaccination centre in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions after vaccination from one lot of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine. The company is “fully cooperating” with the California Department […]

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Turkey starts vaccination at nursing homes

Istanbul, Jan 20 (IANS) Turkey started vaccinating citizens residing or working in nursing homes against Covid-19 on Tuesday, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Wednesday. Speaking at a meeting with the provincial health directors on Monday, Koca said the vaccinations would also cover people in disabled care centres and care homes, as well as […]

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Russia logs 21,734 new Covid cases

Moscow, Jan 20 (IANS) Russia recorded 21,734 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 22,857 a day earlier, the country’s coronavirus response centre said on Tuesday. The national tally has thus increased to 3,612,800 with 66,623 deaths and 3,002,026 recoveries, the centre said, Xinhua news agency reported. Moscow reported 3,115 new cases, […]

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1,000 Covid-19 vax doses found ‘frozen’ in Assam medical college

Guwahati/Silchar, Jan 19 (IANS) Authorities in Assam are probing how the 1,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine Covishield were found “frozen” in the vaccine store of the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH), officials said on Tuesday. Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli and state National Health Mission Director Lakshmanan S. have separately ordered probes to […]

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Which parenting behaviour led to well-being of kids during Covid?

London, Jan 19 (IANS) Researchers have found that autonomy-supportive parenting, or offering meaningful choices when possible, contributed to the positive well-being of both children and parents. “We explored whether or not autonomy-supportive parental behaviour would facilitate adaptation and better child well-being,” said Andreas B. Neubauer, postdoctoral research scientist at DIPF, Leibniz Institute for Research and […]

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WHO panel highlights effective multilateralism in Covid response

Geneva, Jan 19 (IANS) A latest interim report by a WHO pandemic review panel has highlighted effective multilateralism in the preparation and response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, saying that the consequences of this pandemic remind the world of how important effective multilateralism is. “Geopolitical tensions have impacted on the response, and the resulting pandemic […]

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US Covid cases top 24mn ahead of Biden’s inauguration (Ld)

Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) Reaching yet another grim milestone, the overall number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US, currently the hardest-hit country, has surpassed the 24 million mark, about 24 hours ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering […]

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France registers 403 new Covid-19 deaths

Paris, Jan 19 (IANS) France on Monday reported 403 new Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, the heaviest daily toll since November 24, raising the country’s coronavirus-related fatalities to 70,686, according to figures from the health authorities. A further 3,736 people tested positive for the coronavirus in one day, significantly lower than Sunday’s figure […]

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NIMHANS doctor on Sputnik vaccine advisory board

Moscow/New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russias sovereign wealth fund) and the National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after N.F. Gamaleya (Gamaleya Centre) has announced the creation of an international scientific advisory board for the Sputnik V vaccine — the worlds first registered vaccine against coronavirus. Leading scientists […]

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Parkinson’s disease may up schizophrenia risk: Study

Helsinki, Jan 16 (IANS) Patients with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder have an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease later in life. The study indicates that the increased risk may be due to alterations in the brain’s dopamine system caused by dopamine receptor antagonists or neurobiological effects of schizophrenia. “According to our results, a previously diagnosed psychotic […]

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Andhra CM kicks off statewide Covid vaccination programme (Ld)

Amaravati, Jan 16 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy kickstarted the statewide Coronavirus vaccination programme on Saturday from Vijayawada. He started it at the government general hospital (GGH) in Vijayawada, where he personally observed a frontline worker receiving the vaccine. “Across the state, 3.87 lakh people have been scheduled to receive the […]

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First vax shot given to Bihar hospital sweeper

Patna, Jan 16 (IANS) As the much awaited vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus started across India on Saturday, Bihar’s inoculation campaign began from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna. The first shot was administered to IGIMS sweeper Ram Babu, while the second was given to ambulance driver Amit Kumar of […]

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Italy hits 1 mn dose vaccination mark

Rome, Jan 16 (IANS) Italy passed a positive milestone, with 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine having been administered just 19 days after the country launched its nationwide vaccination program. The development was praised by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and President Sergio Mattarella, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. The key indicator represents a dramatic […]

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Indonesia starts massive Covid-19 vaccination drive

Jakarta, Jan 15 (IANS) Indonesia launched its massive Covid-19 vaccination program with health workers as the main priority group, a day after President Joko Widodo received the first shot developed by China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. On Thursday morning, a mass vaccination was held at state-run Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in central Jakarta, Xinhua news agency […]

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Kuwaitis receive 2nd doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Kuwait City, Jan 15 (IANS) Kuwaiti people started to receive the second doses of Covid-19 vaccine, as part of the national vaccination campaign at Kuwait Vaccination Center in Hawalli Governorate, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said. Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah received the second dose of coronavirus vaccine at the center on […]

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Indonesian Prez Widodo receives Chinese Covid-19 vaccine

Jakarta, Jan 14 (IANS) Indonesian President Joko Widodo received the Covid-19 vaccine shot developed by China’s biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. The president, widely known as Jokowi, is the first Indonesian vaccinated to show that the vaccine is safe, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. After the president, the Indonesian military chief, the national police chief […]

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Ethiopia boosts health screening measures in airports

Addis Ababa, Jan 14 (IANS) Ethiopia is boosting health screening measures in airports to prevent transmission of new Covid-19 strains, an Ethiopian official has said. Sahrela Abdullahi, State Minister of Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), said on Tuesday the new health screening measures which will mainly apply to travelers coming from foreign destinations aims […]

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Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim receive Covid-19 vaccines too

Agartala/Imphal/Guwahati, Jan 14 (IANS) After Assam and Meghalaya, three more northeastern states – Tripura, Manipur and Sikkim – on Wednesday saw Covid-19 vaccines reach them for the first round of immunisation, officials said. While Assam received the second consignment of Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday after the first delivery on Tuesday, Tripura, Manipur and Sikkim received […]

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S. African ICASA warns against 5G Covid-19 conspiracy theory

Johannesburg, Jan 13 (IANS) The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has warned people not to fall prey to the myths that link Covid-19 spreading to 5G. “We all need to rely on scientifically-based evidence and refrain from these baseless theories,” said ICASA chairperson Keabetswe Modimoeng in a statement released on Monday, urging people […]

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Covid-19 vaccines reach Assam, Meghalaya

By Sujit ChakrabortyGuwahati/Agartala, Jan 12 (IANS) The much-awaited Covid-19 vaccine reached two northeastern states — Assam and Meghalaya — as the special flights from Pune delivered the doses to 11 other locations across the country on Tuesday. The first phase of Covid-19 vaccination will start across the country on January 16. Union Civil Aviation Minister […]

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Air strike: Airlines swing into action as vaccine transport commences all India

New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) The country’s civil aviation sector swung into action on Tuesday for providing the expeditious logistical support to the roll-out of India’s mega anti-Covid vaccination drive. Accordingly, nine flights operated by various domestic airlines ferried 56.5 lakh doses from Pune to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, […]

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Germany imposes stricter Covid-19 measures nationwide

Berlin, Jan 12 (IANS) As Covid-19 incidences and death rates remain on a high level in Germany, stricter contact restrictions would take effect nationwide until at least the end of January, the government announced. Some of Germany’s federal states already introduced over the weekend stricter rules that Chancellor Angela Merkel and the minister-presidents agreed on […]

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Biden aims to release nearly every available Covid vaccine dose

Washington, Jan 11 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden has recently announced a controversial shift in Covid-19 vaccination strategy, aiming to release all available doses as soon as possible. According to a CNN report, it could also be a risky strategy as both Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccines require two doses, administered at specific intervals and vaccine […]

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AIIMS doctors agree for virtual convocation

New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) The Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have agreed to attend the 47th convocation being held by the institute on Monday after the director, Dr Randeep Guleria, assured them of conducting a physical convocation in the future as well. “Dr Guleria promised that the […]

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Embrace green spaces, shut screens to keep lockdown blues at bay

London, Jan 10 (IANS) If you want to beat lockdown and social distancing blues, head to green spaces and switch off TV, computer and smartphone as this will dramatically improve your mental health, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin, as several countries including the UK impose fresh restrictions amid surge in Covid numbers. Being outdoors, […]

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Aus Covid vaccine ad campaign to target ‘community concerns’

Canberra, Jan 10 (IANS) Australia’s Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Sunday that the government would target young women, migrants and indigenous Australians with its coronavirus vaccine advertising campaign. Hunt said that the A$24 million campaign, which will be rolled out weeks before vaccinations begin in mid-February, would be “a very detailed information program”, reports […]

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Nasal Covid vaccine can be potential gamechanger: Experts

By Aakanksha KhajuriaNew Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Public health experts believe that intranasal vaccines for coronavirus, administered through nose rather than muscles, can be a potential gamechanger in Indias fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The nasal vaccine is different from two intramuscular vaccines which recently got approval, as it is non-invasive, needle-free, doesn’t require trained […]

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Russia logs 23,309 new Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Jan 10 (IANS) Russia recorded 23,309 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, slightly down from 23,652 a day earlier, the country’s Covid-19 response center said. The national tally of Covid-19 cases has increased to 3,379,103, including 61,381 deaths and 2,754,809 recoveries, the center said on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported. Moscow, Russia’s […]

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