From the CEO of the world's largest vaccine manufacturer commenting on the possible timeline of the final vaccine reaching every person on the planet, to the World Health Organisation warning that the months of October and November 2020 could be 'tougher' - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.
'Ram Barat' celebrations which depict the marriage procession of Lord Ram, and takes place every five years from Karsevakpuram to Janakpuram has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Dharam Yatra Mahasangh and Vishwa Hindu Parishad that take out the 'Barat' decided to scrap this year's event. "We have decided to cancel the 'Barat' this year. We have urged people to observe the celebration at their homes and temples, light earthen lamps, blow conch shell, chant holy mantras and hoist flag," said Sharad Sharma, spokesperson, VHP.
Providing Covid vaccines to the Indian government and the Indian populace is the priority of the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine manufacturer. This was the message given by Adar Poonawalla, CEO and owner of SII at the 18th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. In a conversation with Sanchita Sharma, health editor, HT, Poonawalla said that SII plans to launch a new vaccine every 4-5 months. Watch the full video for more.
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SII CEO and owner Adar Poonawalla spoke on preparation for future pandemics. Speaking at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Poonawalla said that instead of reinventing the wheel with new technology to deal with a disease, we should rely on proven technology platforms. In a conversation with Sanchita Sharma, health editor, HT, Poonawalla said that SII plans to launch a new vaccine every 4-5 months. Watch the full video for more.
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Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on November 19 informed that the national capital's government has decided that registration of construction workers (for government schemes) will be done through door-step delivery. "It has now been decided that registration of construction workers (for govt schemes) will be done through door-step delivery. The service begins today on '1076' helpline. No construction worker will have to stand in long queues at govt offices now," he said. "They can dial the number, say that they're construction workers in Delhi and want to get registered for govt schemes. A govt executive will go to his home at a time suitable to the worker, documents will be uploaded there. It'll be approved online and he'll receive SMS," he added.
Delhi government on Wednesday said that it has no intention of imposing another lockdown in the national capital. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that lockdown is not a solution in the fight against Covid-19. Sisodia's statement came in wake of speculation of a reimposition of lockdown in Delhi. Earlier, Delhi Health Minister also informed that there will be no lockdown in the city. Satyendar Jain, however, added that 'local restrictions' are likely at some places. On Tuesday, CM Arvind Kejriwal had written to Centre seeking power to shut some markets areas. Experts have blamed the current surge in the number of cases on people crowding in markets. The national capital has witnessed a spurt in coronavirus cases since October end. Last week, daily rise crossed 8,000-mark while the city recorded highest deaths in 5 months.
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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday engaged in a war of words over farmers' Delhi Chalo march against the Centre's farm laws. While Singh slammed Khattar for stopping farmers from moving towards the national capital, terming it as "totally undemocratic and unconstitutional", the latter told the Punjab chief minister to stop "inciting innocent farmers". Farmers from Punjab faced water cannons and broke police barriers at the state’s border with Haryana as they pushed towards the national capital Thursday on their “Delhi Chalo” march against the Centre’s farm laws. By late evening, a large group of them had reached the road toll plaza at Panipat, about 100 km from Delhi. Bhartiya Kisan Union (Haryana) leader Gurnam Singh said the protesters planned to spend the night there and will resume the march the next morning.
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To refresh the mood amid COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of India (GoI) organised cultural event 'Jashan-i-Chilay Kalan' in Srinagar. It was organised by North Zone Cultural Center, Patiala and Ministry of Culture, GoI. The artists from across Kashmir participated in the event. They performed various Kashmiri folk feats and entertained the audience. Event aimed at promoting artists in the valley who are coping up with pandemic. Audience enjoyed and appreciated the efforts of artists in cultural programme.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Chief Ministers via video-conferencing on Nov 24. He said, "Government of India is keeping a track of each step in vaccine development. We are in touch with Indian vaccine developers and manufacturers. We are also in touch with global regulators, governments of other countries, multinational organisations and international companies." He further said, "It is not certain whether there will be one, two or three doses of a vaccine. It is also not decided what will be the price of the vaccine. We still don't have answers to these questions."
Phase-3 trial of Covaxin began at Sola Civil Hospital in Gujarat's Ahmedabad. Volunteers are coming at the hospital for the test. "Volunteers who've been vaccinated have yet not complained of any health issues or symptoms. More volunteers will be vaccinated today," said Sola Civil Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Parul Bhatt. Meanwhile, preparation is underway at Serum Institute of India in Pune where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit on November 28. PM will review the vaccine production.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Serum Institute of India in Pune on November 28 to review COVID vaccine production. Divisional Commissioner of Pune, Saurabh Rao said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Serum Institute of India in Pune on November 28 to review the vaccine production and distribution preparation here. Ambassadors of 100 countries are scheduled to visit Pune on December 4, they will visit Serum Institute of India and Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Limited here."
Group of farmers participating in 'Delhi Chalo' protest march, settled in for the night at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari, where they have been permitted to hold their protest against Farm Laws. Arrangements have been made for the farmers at the Ground, by Delhi Government.