As India sees vaccine shortages, Minister of Health accuses states of covering up ‘failures’ by sowing panic
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-04-2021; Is India facing a Covid-19 vaccine shortage? It might appear to be the case when you consider that in recent days several states, including the worst-hit Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, have complained about the irregular supply of vaccines. However, the Center has always maintained that there is no shortage.
- Today Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in an unrestricted attack on opposition-run state Maharashtra accused them of demanding universal vaccination for all adults to cover their “poor efforts.” vaccination ”.
- Maharashtra, which has seen and continues to experience the highest number of cases and deaths, was endangering its citizens by allowing them to escape institutional quarantine in the name of “personal vasuli (personal extortion),” alleged Harsh Vardhan.
- However, Maharashtra health minister today warned that the state only has a three-day supply of vaccines and urged the Center to expedite delivery of vaccine doses to the state.
- Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Tope said the state’s daily immunization rate was the fastest in the country and said Maharashtra needed a stable supply of at least 40 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine every week.
Vaccine bottleneck: SII receives request from AstraZeneca for supply delay due to production capacity stretched to the limit
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-04-2021; Adding another dimension to the controversy over vaccine shortages, the Serum Institute of India (SII) said its production lines were under pressure and India needed to provide it with ₹ 3,000 crore ($ 408 million) to increase his capacity.
- Adar Poonawala, CEO of SII, told NDTV that he was unable to export vaccines (which he sells at a higher price) due to restrictions imposed by India and that this reduced the profits needed for greater investment in manufacturing capacity.
- The company produced around 65 million vaccines per month, “the most” for India.
- However, with India now administering more than 2-4 million doses per day, these could dry up quickly.
- Poonawala also said AstraZeneca sent legal notifications to his company regarding the delays, and the US ban on exporting the raw material needed to make the Novavax vaccine meant its production capacity had been reduced. A half.
- Although the Center has also ordered 20 million doses of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech, there are further concerns about how quickly it can increase production from the planned 120 million.
- Bharat Biotech has also reportedly asked the government for funds to increase production. India has provided around 64.5 million doses of Covaxin and Covishield to at least 84 foreign governments as of March 29 and administered 84 million to its own population.
- So far, only 5% of Indians have received at least one dose and only 0.8% have been completely inoculated.
All Indians Deserve a Safe Life, Says Rahul of Covid-19 Vaccine Access
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-04-2021; Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today fought for universal access to the Covid-19 vaccine, saying all Indians “deserve the opportunity of a safe life.” He was reacting to the Health Ministry’s statement on Tuesday that the vaccine should be given to those who need it, not those who want it. Currently, the vaccine is available to all Indians over the age of 45.
“It is ridiculous to debate needs and wants. All Indians deserve the chance to have a safe life, ”Gandhi said on Twitter, using the hashtag“ #CovidVaccine ”.
- He then shared a video of a person beaten by police in Indore for alleged violation of Covid-19 regulations.
- “This kind of shameful and inhumane behavior in the name of enforcing Corona’s guidelines is unacceptable to the country.
- Where should the public go when police officers who are supposed to protect people commit such atrocities? He said in a Hindi tweet.
Wearing a mask is mandatory even when driving alone in a private vehicle, says Delhi HC
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-04-2021; Wearing a mask or face shield in a vehicle occupied by one or more people is mandatory given the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Delhi High Court ruled on Wednesday.
- “A mask is a ‘suraksha kavach’ to prevent the spread of the corona virus,” said Judge Prathiba M. Singh, rejecting four different pleas challenging the ₹ 500 challan issued to people for not wearing a face mask while traveling alone in private car.
- In one of the four cases, a lawyer, who was visiting Tis Hazari’s court office on August 9, 2020 and driving his private car, was arrested near Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital, Rajpur Road, Civil Lines by the police.
- The lawyer was traveling alone in his car, with the mask hanging over his face, over one of his ears.
- His case is that since he was alone in his car, he did not put on the mask and intended to use it as soon as he got out of the car.
- Secondly he said that all four windows in his car were closed. When the police officer stopped his car, he was informed that failure to wear a mask violated the Delhi Epidemic Disease Regulation (Covid-19 Management), 2020, and a sum of ₹ 500 was imposed as a fine.
- The lawyer had tried to declare the private cars as private places for the purposes of the 2020 settlement. In addition to reimbursing the amount of Rs 500, he also requested compensation of Rs 5 lakh.
- Judge Singh noted that a person traveling in a vehicle or car, even if they are alone, could be exposed to the virus in a number of ways. The person may have visited a market, workplace, hospital, or busy street before getting into the car or vehicle. Such person may be required to keep windows open to ventilate.
EC sends notice to Mamata about violation of the model code
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-04-2021; The Election Commission today sent a notice to West Bengal’s Chief Minister and Trinamool Congressman for all of India, Mamata Banerjee, saying that their call on minority voters not to split their votes was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
- EC asked the Chief Minister to respond within 48 hours, otherwise it would make a decision without further reference to it.
- The notice said that a BJP delegation led by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had met with the EC and complained about Banerjee’s speech at a campaign event in Tarakeshwar on April 3, calling on Muslim voters not to. allow their votes to be divided between political parties.
“I ask my brothers and sisters of the minority united hands not to divide the voices of the minority after listening to the devil (shaitaan) who had taken money from the BJP (sic),”Banerjee was quoted as saying by the EC.
- Further EC said she believed Banerjee’s speech violated the MCC, which was imposed after the West Bengal Assembly vote was announced on February 26. voter intimidation.
India has the third-highest number of billionaires in the world, according to the Forbes report
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-04-2021; India has the third-highest number of billionaires in the world after the United States and China, according to a new list by Forbes magazine.
- List shows Reliance Industries president Mukesh Ambani has retaken his place as the richest person in Asia, dethrone Chinese business magnate Jack Ma, who was the richest person in the region a year ago.
- Forbes’ 35th Annual Worldwide Billionaires List is spearheaded by Amazon CEO and Founder Jeff Bezos for the fourth year in a row. His net worth is $ 177 billion, $ 64 billion more than a year ago due to the surge in Amazon shares.
- Second is SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who was the biggest winner in dollar terms. Musk’s fortune soared to $ 151 billion, a whopping $ 126.4 billion more than a year ago when he was 31 and worth $ 24.6 billion, the main reason: a 705% increase in Tesla shares.
- Ambani, the richest person in India and also the richest in Asia, ranks 10th on the list of world billionaires.
- He claimed his place as the richest person in Asia with a net worth of $ 84.5 billion.
- Ambani “has become the richest person in Asia, ranked 10th and worth an estimated $ 84.5 billion. He pushes Jack Ma from China, Asia’s richest person a year ago, whose rank has dropped to 26 (from 17 last year) despite a nearly $ 10 billion jump in his fortune to $ 48, 4 billion.
- The chairman of the Adani Group, Gautam Adani, India’s second richest person, is ranked 24th on the global billionaire list with a net worth of $ 50.5 billion.
- Chairman of the Poonawalla Group and founder of the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, Cyrus Poonawalla is ranked 169th on the Forbes list of global billionaires with a net worth of $ 12.7 billion.
- Poonawalla ranks seventh on the Indian billionaire list.
- HCL Technologies founder Shiv Nadar, India’s third richest person, is ranked 71st in the world and has a net worth of $ 23.5 billion. Only the three richest Indians added just over $ 100 billion between them.
- At 724, the United States has more billionaires than any other country in the world (up from 614 last year). China “closes the gap” with 698 billionaires, up from 456 last year.
Hackers Target LinkedIn Users With Fake Job Postings
Daily NEWS Summary | 07-04-2021; According to eSentire researchers, a group of hackers are professional spear phishing on LinkedIn with bogus job offers to gain remote control of the victim’s computer.
- Spear phishing is an email or electronic communication scam in which a victim receives an email that directs them to a bogus website infected with malware. The aim of the attack is to steal data or install malware on the victim’s device.
- According to investigators, hackers launch a malicious zip file spoofing using the job title on the target’s LinkedIn profile.
- For example, if the LinkedIn member’s position is listed as Senior Account Executive – International Upload, the malicious zip file will be named Senior Account Executive – International Upload.
- Once a user opens the bogus job posting, they start installing a no-file backdoor titled “more_eggs”. Once loaded, the backdoor Trojan may download additional malicious add-ons and provide convenient access to the victim’s computer.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 12,913,854 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,68,207.
- The central government has decided to authorize vaccination sessions against Covid-19 in the workplace with around a hundred eligible / voluntary beneficiaries. “States / UT have been urged to prepare for launch by April 11,” a health ministry official said, adding that the move was aimed at making the vaccine accessible, quality-oriented and citizen-centered.
- Only employees 45 years of age or older in the workplace will be eligible for workplace vaccination. No foreigner, including eligible family members, will be able to get vaccinated at the Covid-19 vaccination center in the workplace.
- Although there are no changes to the eligibility criteria (the vaccine is offered to willing recipients 45 years of age or older), this is the first time that a vaccine has been offered outside of a hospital.
- The RBI has decided to keep key rates unchanged and to maintain its accommodative stance to support growth.
- The decision was made during the meeting of the first policy review for 2021-2022 by the Monetary Policy Committee, which is chaired by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das.
- The repurchase rate remains at 4% and the repo rate at 3.35%. The repurchase rate is the rate at which the RBI lends to banks, while the reverse repo rate is the rate at which it borrows from banks.