Anyone 18+ can register for COVID-19 vaccines starting April 28
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-04-2021; The Covid-19 vaccination registration for all people over 18 years of age will begin on the CoWIN platform and the Aarogya Setu app from April 28, according to a statement from the Press Information Bureau.
- However, they will only get appointments after hospitals post their schedules on CoWin, the center for coordinating vaccine collection.
- On Monday, the Center announced that anyone over the age of 18 will be eligible for a vaccine starting in May.
- Estimates for India’s adult population range from 800 to 900 billion and excluding those over 45 and the 130 million who have received at least one dose, at least 500-600 million are expected to sign up for the doses. starting on Saturday.
- Unlike the current immunization campaign, where the Center is the sole buyer and supplier of vaccines to the states, the May release will also include doses that the states purchased independently from vaccine manufacturers.
- It could also include injections of Sputnik V, the Russian vaccine approved by the Central Medicines Regulator.
- However, Bharat Biotech and the Serum Institute of India (SII) are honoring existing commitments to the Center and have said they cannot substantially increase the offer until July.
- It is also not known when the first doses of Sputnik V will be available.
- Under the existing system, beneficiaries can register for a vaccination window and choose a center closer to them. There is also the option to register on the site.
The Supreme Court takes cognizance of the situation regarding Covid-19 suo motu; Law Society Files Argument Against Transfer of Pandemic Cases to Superior Court
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-04-2021; As the country grapples with the current wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on Thursday heard suo motu about the grim situation that prevailed and said it wanted a “national plan” on the issues, including oxygen supply and supplies essential medicines for the treatment of patients infected with the virus.
- Taking note suo motu of the grim situation prevailing throughout the country, a bench led by the Chief Justice, SA Bobde, said it would also consider the question of the method and mode of vaccination against Covid-19, and the power of the superior courts to declare the confinement in the middle of the pandemic.
- Further they added that at least six higher courts were hearing cases related to Covid-19, resulting in “confusion and diversion of resources” according to different priorities.
- The Supreme Court appointed lead attorney Harish Salve as amicus curiae to assist him in the suo motu proceedings. The bench sent a notice to the Center and said it would hear the case on Friday.
- Supreme Court said that at least six higher courts (Delhi, Bombay, Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Calcutta and Allahabad) were dealing with issues related to the current situation.
- They asserted that these superior courts exercise their jurisdiction in good faith and in the best interest.
- Incidentally, the various higher courts, including the Delhi High Court, have been scathing in their criticism of the Center’s handling of the Covid-19 situation.
- As the Supreme Court said it would issue a notice to the Center and hear the case on Friday, Attorney General Tushar Mehta asked the judiciary if the government would respond to the higher courts on outstanding Covid-19 issues.
- Meanwhile, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has filed a petition with the Supreme Court requesting the Supreme Court to allow higher courts to deal with Covid-19 issues locally.
Center invokes disaster management Act to allow unhindered transportation of oxygen
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-04-2021; The Center invoked the Disaster Management Act on Thursday, making district magistrates and senior police superintendents personally responsible for ensuring the free movement between states of vehicles carrying medical oxygen and ensuring that supply is not limited to the state where the oxygen plant is located.
- The order comes hours after Delhi’s Chief Deputy Minister Manish Sisodia alleged that the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments were blocking Delhi’s oxygen supply. Delhi obtains oxygen from the neighboring districts of these states.
- The Union Minister of Home is the Chairman of the National Executive Committee under the Disaster Management Act 2005.
- Although the 2005 legislation was passed in the wake of the tsunami disaster, it was first invoked in March 2020 to combat the pandemic.
- Not only WhatsApp, but also the social media giant Facebook, which owns the instant messaging app, also filed a similar petition challenging the competition watchdog’s decision on March 24.
- WhatsApp said the ICC “jumped the gun” and opened the investigation when it was not a competition issue. He said that the issue of users’ personal data and the exchange of personalized data was already before the Supreme Court, so ICC should not have intervened.
- However, the High Court noted that the ICC investigation order could not be annulled simply because it did not expect the outcome of the cases pending before the Supreme Court and the High Court.
- ICC, for its part, had argued that the investigation order had been issued to assess whether access to the data would give rise to an abuse of a dominant position.
- The commission said it was not concerned about the privacy aspect of the issue, as the Supreme Court had already dealt with it.
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-04-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1,61,69,770 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a balance of 1,86,072.
- Ashish Yechury, the eldest son of ICC Secretary General (M) Sitaram Yechury, died of a Covid-19 infection early Thursday morning.
- Ashish, a journalist by profession who would have turned 35 on June 9, had been in intensive care since April 12 after the infection spread to his lungs.
- He was recovering well at Gurgaon Medanta Hospital, family members added. They described his sudden death at 5:30 a.m. after a two week battle with the disease as a shock.
At least 79.09% of the electoral participation was registered until 5 p.m. in 43 constituencies of the West Bengal Assembly where voting for the sixth phase took place today, Election Director (CEO) Aariz Aftab said.
- Voting took place between 7am and 6:30 p.m. in 14,480 polling stations in 17 Assembly constituencies in North 24 Parganas district, nine in each of Nadia and Uttar Dinajpur districts, and eight in Purba Bardhaman district.