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Coronavirus News Updates: Bharat Biotech says Bhopal volunteer who died 10 days after trial jab was 'healthy' in follow-ups

Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: A 42-year-old volunteer from Bhopal died nearly ten days after he participated in the clinical trial for Covaxin; poisoning is suspected but officials said that the exact cause of the death will be known after viscera test

FP Staff January 09, 2021 20:53:02 IST
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Coronavirus News Updates: Bharat Biotech says Bhopal volunteer who died 10 days after trial jab was 'healthy' in follow-ups

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Jan 09, 2021 - 18:33 (IST)

Bharat Biotech says deceased volunteer was 'healthy' 7 days after vaccination

A 42-year-old volunteer from Bhopal died nearly ten days after he participated in the clinical trial for Covaxin held at a private hospital, its vice chancellor said on Saturday while a government official suspected poisoning but added that the exact cause of the death will be known after viscera test.

Addressing reports of the death, Bharat Biotech issued a statement saying that the volunteer had been reported "healthy" during follow-up calls for seven days after the jab.

"The volunteer, at the time of enrolment, had fulfilled all the inclusion and exclusion criteria to be accepted as a participant in the Phase III trial and was reported to be healthy in all the site follow up calls post 7 days of his dosing and no AE’s were observed or reported," the statement said,

Jan 09, 2021 - 18:14 (IST)

UK rolls out 'Act like you've got it' drive amid 'alarming' COVID-19 spike

The UK government on Saturday began rolling out a series of stark advertisements as part of a new awareness drive that warns people to Act like you've got it because anyone can spread coronavirus, especially the new highly transmissible variant that has seen hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

The campaign  made up of television, radio and newspaper adverts as well as a social media blitz  comes as the latest daily death toll from the deadly virus hit a new peak of 1,325 deaths and infections rose to 68,053 cases. Around one in three people infected with the virus do not have any symptoms and could therefore be passing it on without realising, according to the government's messaging.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to social media to urge people to strictly follow the stay-at-home lockdown as the disease continues to spread at an alarming rate

Jan 09, 2021 - 17:46 (IST)

519 new COVID-19 cases in Delhi today

Delhi on Saturday recorded 519 new COVID-19 cases, which is the third time the daily count stood above the 500-mark in January, even as the positivity rate remained much below one percent. The tally in the city stood at 6.29 lakh and the death toll mounted to 10,666.

Jan 09, 2021 - 17:32 (IST)

Covishield, Covaxin vaccines have 'established safety, immunogenicity', says Centre

"Emergency Use Authorisation or Accelerated Approval has been granted by the National Regulator for two vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) which have established safety and immunogenicity," the government said.

There are 2,24,190 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which constitutes 2.16 per cent of the total caseload so far of over 1.04 crore, according to the latest Health Ministry data. More than 1.5 lakh people have died so far. 

Jan 09, 2021 - 17:15 (IST)

Rajasthan official briefs Centre about state's preparations for vaccination

Rajasthan Chief secretary Niranjan Arya on Saturday briefed Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba about the preparations for the rollout of the coronavirus vaccination programme in the state.

In a video conference with Gauba, Arya said the dry run was successfully conducted at 18 places in seven districts in the first phase on 2 January and at 102 places in all districts on 8 January across the state. He said healthcare and frontline workers will be vaccinated first in the state.

Arya suggested that Panchayati Raj staffers have also done good work at the grassroots level during the coronavirus pandemic and they should also be considered as frontline workers and should be vaccinated, according to a press release issued.

Jan 09, 2021 - 17:05 (IST)

Harsh Vardhan says will work towards 'low-cost, safe' vaccine

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said coronavirus vaccination roll-out will start soon in India, and the country will also work towards making low-cost, safe and effective vaccines available to the entire world.

Addressing the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2021, he said after months of collaborative brainstorming and building upon vaccine distribution expertise, India has streamlined the COVID-19 vaccination process.

"India has finally built a state-of-the-art digital platform for COVID-19 vaccine delivery called CoWIN. A critical part of our strategy involves maintaining confidence in the safety of vaccines in the possibility of adverse events following immunisation," he said.

Jan 09, 2021 - 16:53 (IST)

Narendra Modi holds review meeting on vaccination preparedness

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting to review the status of COVID-19 in the country along with the preparedness of the State/UTs for COVID vaccination.The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Health Secretary, and other senior officials concerned.

"The Prime Minister took a detailed and comprehensive review of status of COVID management covering various issues. Emergency Use Authorisation or Accelerated Approval has been granted by the National Regulator for two vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) which have established safety and immunogenicity. The PM was also briefed about the preparedness status of the Centre in close collaboration with the State and UT governments for roll out of the vaccine in the near future," the press release said.

Jan 09, 2021 - 16:30 (IST)

COVID-19 vaccination drive to begin from 16 Jan, says Centre

The COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country will kick off on 16 January, 2021 after the forthcoming festivals including Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu, among others, the Centre said in a press release on Saturday.

"The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine will provide priority to the healthcare workers and the frontline workers who are estimated to be around 3 cr, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities numbering around 27 crore," the release said.

Jan 09, 2021 - 16:10 (IST)

Delhi govt includes public school teachers in priority groups for inoculation

The Delhi government on Saturday expanded the ambit of 'frontline' workers who will be given the COVID-19 vaccine on priority to include teachers of government schools in the National Capital. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that teachers engaged in COVID-19 duty will be placed in the category of frontline workers and will be vaccinated on priority.

Jan 09, 2021 - 15:56 (IST)

Need to build back US economy better so that it uplifts everyone, says Kamala Harris

US vice president-elect Kamala Harris has said that there is a need to build back the economy better so that it lifts up everyone as the world's largest economy has been severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday, Harris said that building back the economy means providing access to capital for small business owners, the economic engines of the neighbourhoods, so that they can create the jobs that are in the communities and help communities thrive.

US President-elect Joe Biden and Harris will take the oath of office on 20 January. "We must build our economy back better so that it lifts up everyone no matter what you do for a living or where you live, whether it's in a small town, a big city, or anywhere in between," she said.

Coronavirus News LATEST Updates: A 42-year-old volunteer from Bhopal died nearly ten days after he participated in the clinical trial for Covaxin held at a private hospital, its vice chancellor said on Saturday while a government official suspected poisoning but added that the exact cause of the death will be known after viscera test.

Addressing reports of the death, Bharat Biotech issued a statement saying that the volunteer had been reported "healthy" during follow-up calls for seven days after the jab.

"The volunteer, at the time of enrolment, had fulfilled all the inclusion and exclusion criteria to be accepted as a participant in the Phase III trial and was reported to be healthy in all the site follow up calls post 7 days of his dosing and no AE’s were observed or reported," the statement said,

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said coronavirus vaccination roll-out will start soon in India, and the country will also work towards making low-cost, safe and effective vaccines available to the entire world.

Addressing the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2021, he said after months of collaborative brainstorming and building upon vaccine distribution expertise, India has streamlined the COVID-19 vaccination process.

"India has finally built a state-of-the-art digital platform for COVID-19 vaccine delivery called CoWIN. A critical part of our strategy involves maintaining confidence in the safety of vaccines in the possibility of adverse events following immunisation," he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting to review the status of COVID-19 in the country along with the preparedness of the State/UTs for COVID vaccination. The meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Health Secretary, and other senior officials concerned.

"The Prime Minister took a detailed and comprehensive review of status of COVID management covering various issues. Emergency Use Authorisation or Accelerated Approval has been granted by the National Regulator for two vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) which have established safety and immunogenicity. The PM was also briefed about the preparedness status of the Centre in close collaboration with the State and UT governments for roll out of the vaccine in the near future," the press release said.

The COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country will kick off on 16 January, 2021 after the forthcoming festivals including Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu, among others, the Centre said in a press release on Saturday.

"The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine will provide priority to the healthcare workers and the frontline workers who are estimated to be around 3 cr, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities numbering around 27 crore," the release said.

A total of 78.89 percent of the new COVID-19 recoveries were reported in ten states and Union Territories, according to the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) on Saturday.

The gap between recovered cases and active cases is steadily increasing and presently stands at 9,832,461, the health ministry said.

The prime minister lauded India's fight against COVID-19 and said it was among the countries with the lowest fatality rate and the highest recovery rate.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 18,02,53,315 COVID-19 samples have been tested so far — while 9,16,951 of them being tested on Friday alone.

After a small rise on Friday, the active number of cases in India declined to 2,24,190 in the past 24 hours. According to the Union health ministry, the active cases comprise 2.16 percent of the total caseload as on Saturday.

Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the 16th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention, a flagship event of the Ministry of External Affairs to engage and connect with the overseas Indians.

India registered 18,222 fresh infections of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours taking the overall count to 1,04,31,639, said the Union health ministry on Saturday.

With 228 new fatalities due to the novel coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours, the COVID-19 toll in the country climbed to 1,50,798 on Saturday, said the health ministry.

According to the Directorate of Press and Information, among the people who have been identified by the EDMC for vaccination in the first phase are safai karamcharis, health workers, public health workers, engineers, property tax department employees, horticulture and community service departments employees.

About 23,000 employees of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has been identified in the category of "frontline workers" for vaccination against COVID-19 , officials said on Friday.

Several employees of civic bodies in Delhi had contracted the coronavirus infection in 2020.

The EDMC has submitted its list of frontline workers in view of the preparations for the vaccination, it said in a statement.

About 23,000 employees of the EDMC who have been serving the people since the outbreak of the pandemic have been listed on the government's portal CoWin for vaccination, the statement said.

As part of the first phase, about three lakh healthcare workers and nearly six lakh frontline workers, totalling about nine lakh, will be get vaccine against COVID-19 in Delhi.

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