The Indian Government recently decided to fast-track approval for foreign vaccine candidates.
In a bizarre turn of events, thief who stole 1710 vials of COVID-19 vaccine from Haryana’s Jind General hospital returned 622 stolen ones with an apology, no less. The thief who robbed the bag of vaccines from Jind General hospital’s storeroom had a change of hearts and returned a bulk at a tea stall outside of the Jind Civil Lines police station.
As Indians battle the COVID-19 outbreak Bollywood stars like Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan are doing their bit to help the frontline workers and the needy. While Akshay Kumar donated a sum of Rs 1 crore to Gautam Gambhir’s Foundation ‘for food, meds and oxygen’, Salman Khan recently stepped out to distribute meal packets to frontline workers.
While some think that IPL 2021 should dedicate the resources to COVID-19 relief, others feel suspending it will only be symbolic. Meanwhile, 5 players have pulled out the remainder of IPL 2021 including that Delhi Capitals’ Ravichandran Ashwin who cited COVID-19 as his reason for withdrawal.
“The Indian prime minister’s overconfidence lies behind the country’s disastrous Covid-19 response,” read an opinion piece in The Guardian. And there’s more. Many publications since have criticized the Modi government for ‘complacency missteps. But that hasn’t stopped the Indian high commission from rebutting Australian daily for its ‘Modi leads India into viral apocalypse’ piece.
COVID-19 vaccination will be available to everyone above the age of 18 starting from May 1.
A PPE Kit-wearing ambulance driver joined a baraat in Uttarakhand and danced to his heart’s content. Forget his stress, it will relieve your COVID-19 anxiety as well. Reportedly, Mahesh is an ambulance driver at Dr Susheela Tiwari government hospital in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani. He was constantly working to ferry Covid-19 patients to the hospital and couldn’t stop himself after seeing the baraat in front of the hospital.
The registration for Covid-19 vaccination for all above 18 years of age began on CoWin portal and Aarogya Setu app from 4 pm but not all could access it. Earlier, the central govt had stated that the vaccination of citizens in the age group of 18 to 45 will only be done in the order of appointments through CoWIN and Aarogya Setu apps.
After Kumbh Mela, Uttarakhand is gearing for Char Dham Yatra amid COVID-19 surge where positive cases in the state went from 2,236 to 45,383 in a month. The state government has agreed to allow the pilgrimage to four shrines – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath even after all criticism that ‘super spreader’ Kumbh Mela received.
According to BMC, planned vaccination of citizens aged 18 years and above might also be delayed due to ‘non-availability of vaccine stock.’ Meanwhile, Maharashtra recorded 66,159 new Covid-19 cases and 771 deaths. In the wake of the same, the govt has announced that existing restrictions will continues with an extended lockdown till 7 am on May 15.