Take advantage of the experience of holding mass elections to plan the rapid delivery of the vaccine, said the Prime Minister
- This should include advance planning of cold storage chains, distribution network, control mechanisms, as well as comprehensive evaluation and preparation of auxiliary equipment such as vials and syringes, said a statement released by the central government on Saturday.
- The prime minister reviewed the pandemic situation and preparations for the delivery, distribution and administration of vaccines on Saturday at a meeting attended by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and officials.
- During the meeting, he stressed that, given the geographical extension and diversity of the country, quick access to the vaccine is essential.
- The Prime Minister also said that India should build on the experience of successful electoral leadership and disaster management.
- “The Prime Minister said that, in the same way, systems for the distribution and administration of vaccines must be implemented. This should involve the participation of state / union / district officials, civil society organizations, volunteers, citizens, and experts from all necessary fields. The entire process must have a strong IT backbone and the system must be designed in such a way that it has lasting value to our healthcare system. “
Jacinda Ardern wins overwhelming re-elected in New Zealand
- Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s center-left Labor Party scored a landslide victory in New Zealand’s general election on Saturday when voters rewarded her for a decisive response to Covid-19.
- The term means that the 40-year-old Ardern could form the first one-party government in decades and face the challenge of achieving the gradual transformation that he promised but failed to achieve during his first term, where the Labor Party shared power with one party. nationalist.
- “New Zealand has shown the Labor Party its strongest support in almost 50 years,” Ardern told supporters after her landslide victory. Labor won 49.0% of the vote, well ahead of the national with 27%, the electoral commission said, with 77% of the votes counted in an election that was largely a referendum on the aggressive handling of Covid Burn – 19.
- “This is a historic change,” said political commentator Bryce Edwards of Victoria University in Wellington, describing the vote as one of the biggest changes in New Zealand’s electoral history in 1980. years.
76% of rural India cannot afford nutritious food, study finds
- Three out of four rural dwellers cannot afford nutritious food, according to a recent article in Food Policy magazine. Even if they spent all their income on food, nearly two out of three of them would not have the money to pay for the cheapest possible diet that meets the requirements set by the government’s leading nutrition agency, says research.
- The paper, titled “The Affordability of Nutritious Diets in Rural India,” is written by economist Kalyani Raghunathan and others at the International Food Policy Research Institute, and uses the latest information available on prices and wages for farmers foods from the 2011 National Sample Survey data set.
- According to the study, despite spending all their income on food, 63.3% of the rural population, or more than 52 crore of Indians, could not afford a nutritious meal.
- If they reserved only a third of their income for non-food expenses, 76% of rural Indians would not be able to afford it. It does not even take into account meals for unpaid household members, such as children or the elderly.
“These figures are somewhat speculative, but they reveal the magnitude of the food accessibility problem in rural India: nutritious diets are too expensive and incomes are too low,”says the document.
- The National Institute of Nutrition guidelines for nutritionally adequate diets require adult women to eat 330g of cereals and 75g of legumes daily, as well as 300g of dairy products, 100g of fruit and 300g. of vegetables, which should include at least 100g of dark green leafy vegetables.
- Selecting the cheapest options among real Indian diets (wheat, rice, bajra, milk, curd, onions, radishes, spinach, bananas), the study calculated that a day’s meals would cost 45 rupees (or 51 rupees for a man).
- The results are significant considering that India is showing appalling results on many nutrition indicators even as the country claims to have achieved food security.
- On Friday, the Global Hunger Index showed that India has the highest prevalence of child wasting in the world, reflecting acute malnutrition. On indicators that simply measure calorie intake, India performs relatively better, but does not take into account the nutritional value of these calories.
Dr Reddy’s and RDIF Obtain DCGI Approval for Sputnik V Clinical Trial
- Pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and Russian sovereign wealth fund Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) have received approval from the Comptroller General of Medicines of India (DCGI) to conduct a phase 2/3 adaptive human clinical trial for the Sputnik V vaccine in the country.
- This will be a multicenter, randomized controlled study, which will include a safety and immunogenicity study. Developed by the National Institute for Epidemiology and Microbiology Research in Gamaleya, Russia, the Sputnik V vaccine is the world’s first registered vaccine against Covid-19 and is based on the human adenoviral vector platform. The vaccine was registered by the Russian Ministry of Health in August.
- The approval of DCGI “is a significant step forward that allows us to begin the clinical trial in India,” said Dr. Reddy’s co-chairman and managing director, G V Prasad, in a statement released by the company and RDIF.
- RDIF Executive Director Kirill Dmitriev said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Indian regulators and, in addition to Indian clinical trial data, we will provide a safety and immunogenicity study from the clinical trial, Russian Phase 3. These data will further strengthen the clinical development of the Sputnik V vaccine in India. “
- Dr Reddy and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced a partnership last month to conduct clinical trials on the Sputnik V vaccine and its distribution in India. As part of the partnership, RDIF will provide 100 million doses of the vaccine to Dr Reddy after regulatory approval in India.
The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 74.85,415 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a toll of 1,14,006.
- The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) on Saturday filed an indictment in a Delhi court against former AAP adviser Tahir Hussain in a money laundering case linked to community violence in the North east of Delhi in February.
- DE was investigating allegation that Hussain and his associates laundered around Rs. Rs 1.10 crore through the use of alleged shell companies or shell companies to fuel protests against the citizenship amendment law and riots.
- All major political parties and social activists outside the BJP took to the streets of Ranchi on Saturday to demand the immediate release of Stan Swamy, the 83-year-old tribal rights activist, who was arrested last week by the National Agency investigation (NIA) in relation to the Bhima Koregaon case. Several civil society organizations and activists have condemned her detention, calling it a violation of human rights and democratic standards.
- Pakistani sprinter Umar Gul announced on Saturday that he would retire from all forms of cricket after the ongoing T20 National Cup final. “With a heavy heart and after much thought, I decided to say goodbye to all cricket formats after this T20 National Cup,” the 36-year-old wrote on his Twitter account. Out of 47 test matches, Gul won 163 wickets with an average of 34.06. It also claims 179 plots of 130 ODI, in addition to 85 plots of 60 T20I.