Covid-19 vaccination campaign is ‘different’ and ‘bigger’, says government
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-05-2021; The Covid-19 vaccination campaign is the “biggest” in history and “completely different” from vaccination campaigns of previous decades, the Union government said on Monday, responding to criticism that its vaccination campaign is falling apart.
- The government said that unlike past vaccination campaigns, the Covid-19 vaccination campaign did not have the “luxury” of time.
- In previous vaccination campaigns, there was still time to manufacture and distribute vaccines. But Covid-19 has crashed into humanity. The current need for vaccination is both “emerging and urgent,” he said. However, critics and experts have said the government has many lessons to learn from the polio vaccination campaign decades ago.
“This campaign to vaccinate every adult in the country is completely different from other vaccines made by the country in the past in more ways than one … Vaccines [for Covid-19] have developed very recently around the world and production has also started very recently. Another special feature of this vaccine is that the vaccine requires two doses, separated by four to eight weeks, ”the government explained in a 218-page affidavit filed with the Supreme Court.
- Further government added that vaccine production is expected to increase in the coming months. They said the Serum Institute of India had increased its production from five crore per month to 6.5 crore per month.
- A further increase was expected in July 2021. Likewise, Bharat Biotech increased its production from 90 lakh per month to two crore of doses per month.
- A dose increase of up to Rs.5.5 million per month is expected by July 2021, he said.
- A bench of three judges headed by Judge D.Y. Chandrachud was unable to hear the affidavit arguments due to technical flaws during the virtual hearing. The hearing was postponed until Thursday.
- In the affidavit, the Center ensured an equitable distribution of vaccines among the states. He said he determined, in consultation with vaccine manufacturers, the statewide “pro-rated” population of people between the ages of 18 and 44.
- Center called on states to maintain discipline and view India as “one unit”. Efforts to combat the virus must be “pan-Indian”. A state should not try to acquire vaccines at the expense of other states, they said.
- Mamata Banerjee’s government recently criticized the Center in the High Court over the differential price of vaccines and how the Center, at ₹ 150 per vaccine, got a cheaper offer than the United States.
- West Bengal government has also highlighted how large states can negotiate better prices with vaccine makers, leaving small states with tiny, high and dry resources.
Videos show bodies of suspected Covid-19 victims floating in the Ganges
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-05-2021;; Videos of various bodies of suspected Covid-19 victims seen floating in the Ganges in the village of Chausa in the Buxar district of Bihar have gone viral on social media, causing outrage and shock. Chausa is about 10 km from the headquarters of the border district of Buxar, adjacent to eastern Uttar Pradesh.
- Villagers first saw several bodies floating along the riverbank on Monday morning and reported to local authorities. Local officials unofficially admit that most of the bodies could have come from infected people.
- The residents of Chausa demanded the deployment of an official to the crematoria to control the price of firewood “so that people do not have to throw the dead into the river”.
Second wave of Covid-19, direct consequence of government incompetence: CWC resolution
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-05-2021; The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is nothing less than “a grave calamity and a direct consequence of the indifference, callousness and incompetence of the Narendra Modi government,” the Congress Working Committee (CWC) said in a resolution on Monday.
- The CWC, which has met virtually to discuss the party’s performance in recent Assembly polls, has spent considerable time discussing the coronavirus situation.
- In her opening speech, Party President Sonia Gandhi said the country had paid a “terrible price” for the Modi government’s neglect and the health system had collapsed.
- CWC has raised concerns about the government’s vaccination strategy, insufficient supplies, “opaque and discriminatory” pricing policy, and mandatory online registration that would exclude people from rural areas and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
- It noted that the infection had traveled “en masse” to rural areas that did not have access to RT-PCR tests, drugs, oxygen or hospitalization and had caused a large number of deaths. Painful death
- The party also ordered the prime minister to instruct his health minister to respond to former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s suggestion in the “most scandalous manner.”
New Assam CM wants 10-20% re-verification of NRC
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-05-2021; Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday that the BJP-led government wanted a 10-20% re-verification of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
- Shortly after being sworn in as the state’s 15th chief minister, he said his coalition government was in favor of a revision of 20% of the updated list of citizens in the districts that share a border with Bangladesh and of 10% in the districts remaining.
- Supreme Court had followed the 1951 NRC update exercise in Assam. Approximately 19.06 lakh out of 3.3 crore applicants were excluded from the updated project.
- Earlier today, Governor Jagdish Mukhi was sworn in and was secretary to Dr. Sarma and 13 others who were also sworn in as cabinet ministers.
Government says all steps are necessary to deliver remdesivir and tocilizumab
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-05-2021; The Union government has informed the Supreme Court that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) have jointly carried out the allocation of available stocks of Covid-19 Remdesivir and Tocilizumab in the states and territories of the Union due to the great demand for them. .
- Center said that the Department of Health, with the support of the DoP and the Department of External Affairs, “is doing everything possible to improve the availability of Remdesivir by increasing production and supply through imports.”
- However, there were limitations in the availability of raw materials and other essential supplies for Remdesivir. A simple addition of production capacity may not lead to the expected results of better supplies.
- It is difficult to predict the trend of the pandemic and therefore difficult to forecast the demand for Remdesivir with a reasonable degree of certainty.
- Therefore, it is reported that the issue of sending the invocation proposal of the provisions of Article 100 (for government use) of the 1970 Patent Law is being addressed, the government declared.
- Remdesivir prices have fallen between 25% and 50%. A total of 34.50 lakh vials was allocated for the period April 21-May 9, against which 33.96 lakh vials were provided through May 7, it said.
- In the case of tocilizumab, the country being totally dependent on imports, from the limited stock of vials imported on April 26, 3,245 were assigned to the states the following day and an additional 6,655 vials were assigned on April 30 to the state. Another 1,200 vials were held for central allocation by the Health Ministry.
- The DCGI (Drugs General Comptroller of India) commissioned State Drug Controllers (SDC) to conduct a special investigation to prevent blackmailing / hoarding of Remdesivir.
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-05-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,27,97,584 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with an official figure of 2,47,490.
- When it comes to immunization, the health ministry continues to push absolute numbers regardless of the percentage or proportion of the population vaccinated, a key metric for measuring the success of a vaccination campaign.
- India is the fastest country in the world to administer 17 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to a statement released today.
- China took 119 days, while the United States took 115 days to hit the same benchmark.