Opposition parties urge Modi to launch free universal vaccination
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-05-2021; In a joint letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 12 opposition parties urged the government to immediately launch a free and universal vaccination campaign across the country, as the Covid-19 pandemic has “taken on unprecedented dimensions of human catastrophe “.
- This is the second joint letter from the opposition parties in less than ten days to the government.
- In an earlier letter dated May 3, the parties called on the government to guarantee an uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen and free vaccines.
- The signatories of the letter are Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee, Mr. K Stalin, Uddhav Thackeray and Hemant Soren.
- In addition to this Congress President Sonia Gandhi, JD (S) HD Leader Deve Gowda, PCN Patriarch Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Akhilesh Yadav Party Leader, National Conference Leader Dr Farooq Abdullah, RJD Leader Tejashwi Yadav, IPC General Secretary D Raja and IPC General Secretary (M) Sitaram Yechury are the other signatories.
- The parties complained about the failure of all their previous attempts to get the government’s attention, both independently and jointly.
- Further they added that government should procure vaccines centrally from all available sources, both globally and nationally.
- Immediately start a free and universal mass vaccination campaign across the country. Invoke compulsory licenses to develop national vaccine production, they stressed.
- The budget allocation of Rs 35 billion for vaccines should be spent immediately, the parties said.
- To date, only around 5,000 million rupees had been spent.
- The parties also demanded that construction on the Central Vista project be halted immediately and that the money be used instead to purchase oxygen and vaccines.
Covid-19 disaster was preventable, independent expert panel says
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-05-2021; The catastrophic scale of the Covid-19 pandemic could have been avoided, but a “toxic cocktail” of hesitation and poor coordination meant that the red flags went unheeded, a global panel concluded Wednesday independent.
- The Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) said a series of bad decisions have allowed Covid-19 to kill at least 3.3 million people so far and devastate the global economy .
- Institutions “have failed to protect people” and science-denying leaders have eroded public confidence in health interventions, the IPPR said in its long-awaited final report.
- The first responses to the outbreak detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019 “lacked urgency” with February 2020 being a costly “wasted month” as countries ignored the alarm, said the panel.
- To face the current pandemic, he asked the richest countries to donate a billion doses of vaccines to the poorest.
- And the panel also called on the richest nations in the world to fund new organizations dedicated to preparing for the next pandemic.
- Its report was requested by member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) last May.
- Panel was co-chaired by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
- Report, “Covid-19: Make it the last pandemic,” argued that the global alarm system needed an overhaul to avoid a similar catastrophe.
- The threat of a pandemic has been overlooked and countries are unfortunately not prepared to deal with it, according to the report.
- The panel did not forgive the WHO, saying it could have declared the situation a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (ESPII), its highest level of alarm, on January 22, 2020.
- Instead of that he waited eight more days before doing so. The group also proposed a review of the WHO to give it more control over its funding and more authority for its leadership.
Health Ministry says WHO does not mention any “Indian variant”, although it does, using the scientific name
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-05-2021; World Health Organization (WHO) did not associate the term “Indian variant” with the B.1.617 variant of the coronavirus in its 32-page document, according to the Department of Health.
- In fact, the word “Indian” was not used in his report on the matter, a statement released by the ministry said on Wednesday.
- Further they added that some reports had covered the news of classifying B.1.617 as a variant of global concern and calling the B.1.617 strain of the coronavirus an “Indian variant.”
- This version, however, seems to be deliberately mixing two different issues: it is certainly inappropriate to link the nomenclature of a variant to a particular nation, and many have pointed out that it is not fair to speak of the ‘Wuhan virus’ or the Wuhan virus. “Kingdom.
- But that does not mean that B.1.617 is not native to India, or that it is not the most common in India, or that it is not a “variant of concern”.
Ivermectin is still used in India despite WHO recommendation against it
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-05-2021; Although still listed in India as a potential treatment option for mild Covid-19 patients in home isolation, ivermectin, according to recent World Health Organization guidelines, is not recommended for general use.
- This orally administered drug is included in India’s revised national treatment protocol for Covid-19 for people with a mild infection, although its manufacturer has now clarified that there is no evidence of its efficacy against the viral disease.
- Indian doctors who continue to use this drug claim that it is an approved antiparasitic agent. “It has been shown, in the laboratory, to inhibit the replication of SARS-COV2.
- It may be effective for treating mild, early-onset Covid-19 in adult patients. In a clinical setting, early viral clearance is observed in patients taking ivermectin.
- No serious adverse effects have been observed in patients with non-severe Covid-19, ”said Vighnesh Naidu Y, Medical Consultant, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad.
India opened too early, says the US President’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-05-2021; India made the “wrong assumption” that it was made with the Covid-19 pandemic and it was opened prematurely, and this is what left the country in a “desperate situation”, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the main specialist told senators in infectious diseases of the United States. .
- India has been hit hard by the unprecedented second wave of the coronavirus, with hospitals in several states suffering from shortages of healthcare personnel, vaccines, oxygen, medicines and beds.
- Dr. Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is also President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser.
- Chairing the hearing, Sen. Patty Murray said that the Covid-19 outbreak plaguing India is a painful reminder that the United States cannot end the pandemic here until it ends the pandemic here.
Judge Chandrachud tests positive for Covid-19
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-05-2021; Supreme Court Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who was leading court hearings on the handling of Covid-19, tested positive for the virus.
- A crucial hearing on the COVID issue is scheduled before a three-judge bench comprised of Justices Chandrachud, L. Nageswara Rao and S. Ravindra Bhat for a hearing on Thursday.
- The court of Judge Chandrachud had formed, at the previous hearing, a national task force to scientifically study and recommend a foolproof mechanism for the allocation of oxygen to the states.
- Justice Chandrachud had made it clear to the Center that the Supreme Court would no longer be a “silent spectator” of a national calamity.
- The Covid-19 cases, which were originally heard by a court led by former judge CJI S.A. Bobde, were transferred to a court run by Judge Chandrachud after Judge Bobde’s retirement.