Supreme Court petition calls for vaccine clinical trial data to be made public
Daily NEWS Summary | 14-05-2021; A petition has been filed with the Supreme Court to make public separate data from clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccines administered under the emergency use authorization granted by the Controller General of Medicines of India (DGCI).
- Former member of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group, Dr. Jacob Puliyel, represented by attorney Prashant Bhushan, asked the court to request the government, its agencies, and vaccine manufacturers (the Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech) to transparently disclose a clinical trial and vaccination data, including recording and reporting of adverse events.
- In addition, the petition urged the court to order the government not to issue “coercive orders” for the use of “these vaccines that have not been properly tested.”
- Bhushan argued that the courts should “reaffirm that vaccination guarantees violate human beings’ right to autonomy and the right to determine for themselves what can be injected into their bodies.”
- Dr. Puliyel, also represented by attorney Cheryl d’Souza, said the lack of transparency raised concerns about the effectiveness and safety of both vaccines.
- The petition said that transparency in the publication of clinical trial data by the Central Drug Standard Control Organization (CDSCO).
- It granted final approval of vaccines by various manufacturers to enter the immunization chain, it derives from Section 4 of the Right to Information Act of 2005, which required the government to make “proactive disclosures of its records via the Internet and other means of communication to the general public.”
Vice President Says No to Virtual Parliamentary Panel Meetings
Daily NEWS Summary | 14-05-2021; Parliamentary panels cannot meet virtually until both houses of parliament change the necessary rules, Rajya Sabha’s secretariat said in response to a letter written by opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday.
- Parliament’s standing committees, which are non-partisan platforms for analyzing how government works, have not met once since the start of the second wave of the pandemic.
- More than a year after the panel chairs first raised the lawsuits, the necessary changes to the rules have not been altered as their physical meetings took place for a few months, when the ‘Covid-19 it was in decline.
- Last week, in a letter to Rajya Sabha President Venkaiah Naidu, Kharge said that Parliament cannot be a silent spectator to the suffering of the people. He urged Naidu to allow panel meetings online.
- Last year, Naidu and Lok Sabha Chairman Om Birla held a series of meetings in which it was argued that the “confidentiality clause” required that only physical meetings of the panels could be held, in particular, keeping secret debates and deliberations.
- It was decided that the matter would be referred to the Rules Committee of both Houses. Rajya Sabha’s secretariat assured Kharge that the committee meetings would be reviewed “shortly, once the situation improves.”
- He was informed that the issue of “confidentiality can be resolved during the session, as any amendment to the rules can only be approved by the respective chambers after the Rules Committee has considered the matter.”
- The Chief Congressman and Chairman of the Internal Affairs Committee, Anand Sharma, who wrote to Naidu on Tuesday making the same request, said: “In a democracy, accountability cannot be delayed or circumvented.”
- His colleague and chairman of the science and technology panel, Jairam Ramesh, wrote on Twitter that nowhere in the world has parliament escaped office like in India.
- Despite repeated requests for almost a year, virtual meetings of the standing committees have been inexplicably banned. The Prime Minister has practically all of his meetings, but some thirty deputies cannot, he declared.
Congress Criticizes Center As Delhi Police Question Youth Congress Leader On Covid-19 Relief Work
Daily NEWS Summary | 14-05-2021; Congress asked on Friday whether providing oxygen cylinders and life-saving drugs to Covid-19 patients was a “crime” under the Narendra Modi government. This follows the interrogation of the leader of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Srinivas BV by the criminal branch of the Delhi Police.
- The government should be “ashamed” of itself, he said. He said the Youth Congress will continue to provide oxygen and other life-saving drugs to patients in need.
- They [the Delhi police] wanted to know the details of how we are helping people. We answered all of their questions, Srinivas said.
- Using the hashtag #IStandWithIYC to express his solidarity, former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “He who saves is always greater than he who destroys.
- While former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh tweeted calling the Delhi police action “blatant”, party secretary general Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also reacted on Twitter when the Former Rajya Sabha member Shahid Siddiqui said a police officer also came to his home to find out how Vadra managed to help him with Remdesivir injections for his wife.
- In an online press conference, India’s Congress Committee chaired by Delhi Shaktisinh Gohil said Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee leader Anil Chaudhary and former MP Mukesh Sharma also received a notification for such questioning.
- A Delhi police official claimed the questioning followed a Delhi High Court address on a court petition filed by Dr Deepak Singh about politicians involved in the illegal distribution of Covid-19 drugs, etc.
Sputnik V will be priced at ₹ 995.40 per dose
Daily NEWS Summary | 14-05-2021; Sputnik V has joined India’s vaccination program against Covid-19, with the first dose of the Russian vaccine being administered today in Hyderabad. The maximum retail price of the imported vaccine is ₹ 995.40 per dose.
“As part of a limited pilot project, the phased launch of the vaccine has started and the first dose was administered in Hyderabad on May 14,”said Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, India’s Direct Investment Fund vaccine marketing partner. Russian (RDIF).
- It follows imported doses of Sputnik V that arrived in the country on May 1, receiving regulatory clearance from the Central Medicines Laboratory, Kasauli, on May 13.
- Further Sputnik V expeditions are expected in the coming months.
- Subsequently, the supply of the vaccine by Indian industrial partners will begin.
Many districts in Kerala on alert for rain
Daily NEWS Summary | 14-05-2021; Kerala district administrations have been quick to deal with a possible rain-related emergency, and turbulent weather conditions over the Arabian Sea are expected to result in torrential rains in the coming days.
- Five districts of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha and Ernakulam, were on red alert today (Friday), given the likelihood of extremely heavy rains, according to a corrected weather update released by the Indian Meteorological Department ( IMD) at 1 p.m.
- In a 10-hour update, the weather agency downgraded red alerts that sounded in three districts on Friday to amber alerts.
- According to the latest update, Kottayam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad are on orange alert today (Friday) and Kannur and Kasaragod on yellow alert.
Daily NEWS Summary | 14-05-2021; The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 2,41,00326 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 2,62,951.
- Containment restrictions in Tamil Nadu will be stricter from tomorrow.
- Grocery stores and grocery stores and stores that sell meat will only be able to operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. M. A 10 a. M. Au Tamil Nadu from Saturday.
- The tea rooms will be closed. Previously, these stores were allowed to stay open from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Electronic registration will be compulsory from May 17 for inter-district and intra-district movements, including essential purposes, weddings or funerals of close relatives and also for travel for medical care and for the care of people. the elderly.
- Sidewalk shops, which were previously allowed to sell vegetables, flowers and fruit until noon, would no longer be allowed.
- In neighboring Kerala, Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan extended the state lockdown on Friday until May 23.
- Vijayan said the government was taking measures to mitigate the adverse effects of the blockade, mainly the loss of livelihoods.
- He announced free food kits for the population and an immediate distribution of social assistance pensions. The government would support Anganwadi teachers and Kudumbashree units, he added.