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FILE PHOTO: A health worker receives an injection with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Fuentelarreina primary healthcare centre in Madrid, Spain January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A health worker receives an injection with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Fuentelarreina primary healthcare centre in Madrid, Spain January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo (REUTERS)

Can Covid-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

  • Health officials say both doses should be of the same vaccine
  • But in England, health officials say it’s OK to give whichever vaccine is available for the second shot. Since the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines work in a similar way, a mismatched dose is better than partial protection

**EDS: HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY PIB ON WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2021** New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an interaction with the Beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana - Gramin, through video conferencing, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_20_2021_000207B) (PTI)
**EDS: HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY PIB ON WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2021** New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an interaction with the Beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana - Gramin, through video conferencing, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_20_2021_000207B) (PTI)

PM to virtually interact during Covid vaccination drive in Varanasi tomorrow

Beneficiaries and vaccinators of the Covid-19 inoculation drive will share their first hand experience of vaccination, says PMO

A medical worker fills a syringe with Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine  (REUTERS)
Inside views of the production and processing unit of Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune
Inside views of the production and processing unit of Serum Institute of India (SII) in Pune

South Africa to pay $5.25 a dose for AstraZeneca vaccine from India's SII

The price is higher than the $3 a dose that South Africa and other countries on the continent are due to pay for the same vaccines under an African Union arrangement, and the price European Union countries have agreed to pay

 In this file photo the Pfizer/BioNTEch coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine is pictured. (AFP)
In this file photo the Pfizer/BioNTEch coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine is pictured. (AFP)

Can Covid-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

The Covid-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  (PTI)
FILE PHOTO: A health worker receives an injection with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Fuentelarreina primary healthcare centre in Madrid, Spain January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo (REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A health worker receives an injection with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Fuentelarreina primary healthcare centre in Madrid, Spain January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo (REUTERS)

How alarming are these covid-19 vaccine scares?

  • Any new vaccine could have long-term risks, but most vaccine-related side effects tend to occur within the first two months of an inoculation

Vaccine diplomacy
Vaccine diplomacy

Watch: India sends Covishield vaccines to Bhutan & Maldives

  • India on Wednesday sent coronavirus vaccines to Bhutan and Maldives. India is sending doses of the Covishield vaccine. Trucks with Covishield left from Pune’s Serum Institute of India for Bhutan. The move is in keeping with India’s “neighborhood first” policy. Consignments were airlifted and handed over to officials in Maldives and Bhutan. India will also be dispatching vaccines to Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and Seychelles. This comes days after India launched the Covid-19 vaccination drive on January 16. Watch the full video for more details.

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India has given emergency use authorisation to two COVID-19 vaccines being manufactured in the country - Covishield and Covaxin. (REUTERS)
India has given emergency use authorisation to two COVID-19 vaccines being manufactured in the country - Covishield and Covaxin. (REUTERS)

Covaxin recipients to be followed-up for 3 months after 2nd dose: ICMR

  • The ICMR has issued the key SoP for the restricted use authorisation of Covaxin under clinical trial mode
  • The recipients will be followed-up for a period of three months after the second dose of vaccination, it said

India has already rolled out a massive coronavirus vaccination drive. (REUTERS)
India has already rolled out a massive coronavirus vaccination drive. (REUTERS)

These six countries will get Covid-19 vaccines from India from today

  • India had earlier supplied hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir and paracetamol tablets to a large number of countries to help them deal with the pandemic
  • In a tweet, PM Modi said India is deeply honoured to be a 'long-trusted' partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the global community

A total of 6,31,417 healthcare workers have been vaccinated against covid-19 has so far through 11,660 sessions, as per the provisional report (AFP)
A total of 6,31,417 healthcare workers have been vaccinated against covid-19 has so far through 11,660 sessions, as per the provisional report (AFP)

Covid-19 vaccination: Turn out remains low, no takers in several states

  • The better performing states according to the union health ministry are Lakshadweep (89.3%) followed by Sikkim (85.7%) and Odisha (82.6%)
  • The government said that in case of any AEFI, the authorities will compensate the expenditure incurred on the treatment

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West Bengal missed vaccination targets on Tuesday, while Co-WIN software was tweaked to ensure smooth vaccination in Punjab (AFP)
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The COVID-19 positivity rate has also seen a deep dip with the increase in number of testing infrastructure. (REUTERS)
Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Dr. V.K. Paul being administered the Covid-19 vaccine, during the 1st phase of the pan India rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, at AIIMS, New Delhi  (ANI)
Loana Poza, 37, gets vaccinated with the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine at the San Martin hospital, in La Plata, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian (REUTERS)
Loana Poza, 37, gets vaccinated with the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine at the San Martin hospital, in La Plata, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian (REUTERS)

Russia says second Covid vaccine is 100% effective post clinical trials: Report

  • Russia began mass trials of EpiVacCorona in November, 2020
  • Mass production of the country's second Covid vaccine, will be launched in February 2021

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan holds a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, during a vaccination campaign. (REUTERS)
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan holds a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, during a vaccination campaign. (REUTERS)

'Do not take Covaxin if...': Bharat Biotech issues fact sheet

  • Bharat Biotech has come out with a fact sheet about the process involved and who should avoid taking Covaxin
  • The company has urged the participants to disclose health-related issues to their vaccination officer

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