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Centre firm in resolve to help Bengal fight Covid: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India
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Centre firm in resolve to help Bengal fight Covid: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee seeking a uniform vaccination policy for the country, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday assured her that the Centre was firm in its resolve to help the state fight the Covid-19 pandemic, but also flagged more than 40 per cent positivity rate in some districts of the state. Vardhan also asked the West Bengal chief minister to focus on conducting more tests to detect infections in the state. In a four-page letter addressed to her and posted on his Twitter timeline, the health minister congratulated Banerjee for her victory in the recently held assembly elections. Aamaar Sonar Bangla!Diagnostics,therapeutics, medicines, oxygen,or augmenting health infra..Rest assured… https://t.co/CwhkSh6fjv— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshv...
States wanted removal of restrictions on vaccine supply, no reason to complain now: Harsh Vardhan
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States wanted removal of restrictions on vaccine supply, no reason to complain now: Harsh Vardhan

The Centre liberalised the coronavirus vaccination strategy to allow states, private hospitals and industrial establishments following requests from nearly all states and to unleash the “combined effort of Team India” to inoculate every adult in the earliest possible time, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. In a four-page statement posted on his Twitter handle, the minister defended the new strategy under which everyone above 18 years of age will be vaccinated against COVID-19 from May 1 and hit out at those political leaders indulging in “needless politics” on the matter and spreading misinformation. Shared idealism is the need of the hour ! Politics around the world’s #LargestVaccineDrive needs to end, for the sake of our citizens. Here’s clarifying ...
Dr Manmohan Singh’s condition stable, best possible care being provided to him: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India
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Dr Manmohan Singh’s condition stable, best possible care being provided to him: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday followed up on former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's health with the medical team attending to him at AIIMS Delhi and said that his condition is stable. "Followed up on Dr Manmohan Singh Ji's health with the medical team attending to him at AIIMS, Delhi. His condition is stable. Best possible care is being provided to him. We all pray for his quick recovery," tweeted Harsh Vardhan. Followed up on Dr Manmohan Singh Ji’s health with the medical team attending to him at AIIMS, Delhi. His condition… https://t.co/UdKYrbn1wI— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) 1618886016000The former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Dr Manmohan Singh was diagnosed with Covid-19 and was on Monday admitted to All India Institute of Medica...
All possible support being extended to states to fight Covid-19: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India
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All possible support being extended to states to fight Covid-19: Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Amid rising Covid-19 cases across the country, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday assured that "all possible support is being extended to states to fight Covid-19 by taking steps to - double Remdesivir production and supply, ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen, continuously supply Covid-19 vaccines and enhance healthcare infrastructure." Informing about the measures that are being taken to strengthen the vaccination drive across the country, he highlighted the following steps in pointers and tweeted, "Covid-19 vaccine supplies of small states being replenished every 7 days and every 4 days for big states. Steps taken to quickly enhance basket of vaccines available. Production of Covaxin to increase 10 times by September 2021." India's vaccin...
Alarming rise in cases, infection rate faster than recoveries: Centre
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Alarming rise in cases, infection rate faster than recoveries: Centre

Underlining the “alarming rise in daily number of active cases which currently stand at 16,79,000” and “a sharp growth of 10.2% in the number of deaths”, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Saturday said “the widening gap between daily new cases and daily new recoveries reflects that the infection is spreading at a much faster rate than recoveries with consistently growing active cases”. At a meeting to review the availability of oxygen, ventilators, manpower, medicines and hospital beds in 11 states/UT reporting a surge in Covid-19 cases, Harsh Vardhan said: “India is currently reporting the sharpest growth rate of 7.6% in new Covid cases, which is 1.3 times higher than case growth rate of 5.5% reported in June 2020.” He said the Centre is rushing 6,303 additional ventila...
Uddhav says PM Modi busy campaigning in Bengal, BJP leaders respond | India News – Times of India
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Uddhav says PM Modi busy campaigning in Bengal, BJP leaders respond | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said he had tried to contact Prime Minister Narendra Modi on phone regarding the oxygen supply for the state but the PM was not available since he was busy campaigning for the West Bengal elections. Earlier, Thackeray, in a letter to PM Modi, had sought the Centre's permission to airlift medical oxygen from other states. State’s minority affairs minister Nawab Malik who accused PM Modi of being busy in elections while “people are dying” on Saturday said, "Chief minister (Uddhav Thackeray) is trying to contact PM Modi on phone over shortage of oxygen and Remdesivir and he was informed that the Prime Minister is on Bengal tour." Shortly after Uddhav's SOS call to the PM, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan reached out to t...
NEET PG 2021 postponed in view of rising number of COVID-19 cases: Vardhan – Times of India
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NEET PG 2021 postponed in view of rising number of COVID-19 cases: Vardhan – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In view of a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance test (NEET), which was scheduled to be held on April 18, has been postponed, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday. "In light of the surge in #COVID19 cases, GoI has decided to postpone #NEETPG2021 exam which was earlier scheduled to be held on Apr 18. Next date to be decided later. Decision has been taken keeping wellbeing of our young medical students in mind," he said in a tweet. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; ...
Covid-19 Surge: Remdesivir Manufacturers To Reduce Price, Ramp Up Production Amid Shortage Of Doses
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Covid-19 Surge: Remdesivir Manufacturers To Reduce Price, Ramp Up Production Amid Shortage Of Doses

New Delhi: The Centre, after a recent meeting with all-existing manufacturers of the drug and other stakeholders, taken the decision to increase production and supply and reduce prices of Remdesivir amid the shortage of the anti-viral drug following the surge in Covid-19 cases.Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways (I/C) and Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya in a statement said the current total installed capacity of the seven manufacturers of Remdesivir is 38.80 lakh vials per month.ALSO READ | Coronavirus LIVE Update: Covid-19 Explodes In UP As Over 20,000 Cases Reported In Last 24 HrsThe government has given fast-track approval for seven additional sites having the production capacity of 10 lakh vials per month to six manufacturers. The move would ramp up the p...
Centre okays more doses, ‘hand to mouth’ Maharashtra not in top 5
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Centre okays more doses, ‘hand to mouth’ Maharashtra not in top 5

A day after a heated exchange of words between Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and Maharashtra over the latter’s demand for more vaccine stock, the Centre Thursday increased the state’s allocation to 17.43 lakh doses — from 7.43 lakh it had been assured on April 1. Kerala’s supply was also scaled up, from 4.74 to 7.74 lakh doses. The fresh stock is expected in the next few days. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, however, reiterated that they would need at least 40 lakh doses per week to run its vaccination drive without hitches. On Thursday afternoon, Maharashtra had around 12 lakh doses left, which it is expected to exhaust in the next two days. “Even 17.43 lakh is inadequate. We don’t want to have a hand-to-mouth situation,” said Tope. An order by the Union Health...
Supply of vaccines to other countries will continue: Govt | India News – Times of India
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Supply of vaccines to other countries will continue: Govt | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday reiterated that its supply of Made in India vaccines to other countries would continue despite the rising number of cases in the country. "Supply of Made in India vaccines would continue, taking into account our domestic requirements," said Arindam Bagchi, MEA spokesperson. Bagchi also said there is "no ban on the export of vaccines." India has exported many million doses to many difference countries across the globe as part of its "Vaccine Maitri" initiative. The export of vaccine has come under criticims recently owing to the second wave of Covid cases in country with states such as Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand claiming shortage of vaccine supply from Centre. Health minister Harsh Vardhan responded to these claims on Wednesday and tod...
Harsh Vardhan’s Remarks On State “Unfortunate”: Chhattisgarh Health Minister
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Harsh Vardhan’s Remarks On State “Unfortunate”: Chhattisgarh Health Minister

Harsh Vardhan's Remarks On State Unfortunate: Chhattisgarh Health MinisterRaipur: Dubbing as "unfortunate" Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's remarks that the Chhattisgarh government was spreading misinformation and panic on COVID-19 vaccination, his state counterpart TS Singh Deo on Wednesday said such remarks affect the joint efforts in the fight against pandemic.The union health minister, while slamming Maharashtra and some other states, on Wednesday said about Chhattisgarh that regular comments by leaders from the state are intended to spread "misinformation and panic" on vaccination.Mr Vardhan also said that Chhattisgarh has seen a disproportionately high number of deaths in the last two-three weeks and the state's testing remains heavily dependent on rapid antigen tests, which ...
Jharkhand tightens Covid restrictions; no physical classes in schools | India News – Times of India
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Jharkhand tightens Covid restrictions; no physical classes in schools | India News – Times of India

RANCHI: In view of the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Jharkhand government has tightened its restrictions. An official order by the state government said all shops, restaurants, clubs shall not remain open after 8pm. However, take-home/ home delivery shall be permitted. Not more than 5 people shall congregate at public places, it said. All schools shall be closed and education shall be provided online or by digital content. However, offline classes for class 10 and class 12 who shall be taking the board exam in the year 2021 are permitted. These offline classes shall not be mandatory and students shall attend only with a prior consent of their parents. All gymnasium/swimming pools shall be closed. Similarly, all parks shall be closed. All sports events shall be prohibited. However, sports...
‘Bringing Country’s Effort To Fight Coronavirus Down’: Health Minister Tears Into Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh Govts
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‘Bringing Country’s Effort To Fight Coronavirus Down’: Health Minister Tears Into Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh Govts

New Delhi: Asserting the allegations regarding shortage of Covid-19 vaccines are utterly baseless, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday alleged there are “deplorable attempts by some state governments to distract attention from their failures and spread panic among the people”.Coming down heavily on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government, Vardhan said the statements made by public representatives in Maharashtra about shortage of vaccines is nothing but an attempt to divert attention from repeated failures to control the spread of pandemic.“The inability of Maharashtra Government to act responsibly is beyond comprehension. To spread panic among the people is to compound the folly further. Vaccine supplies are being monitored on a real-time ba...
PM Modi to meet CMs over steps to contain Covid spread | India News – Times of India
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PM Modi to meet CMs over steps to contain Covid spread | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Concerned over the surge in daily cases of Covid-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a meeting with chief ministers and UT administrators on April 8 to discuss the issues and take concrete steps to contain the spread of the infection as well as measures to immediately lower deaths due to it, official sources said. On Tuesday, health minister Harsh Vardhan will also meet his counterparts from 11 “states of grave concern” reporting maximum surge in cases and fatalities from Covid-19. Vardhan will take stock of the situation and set the agenda for Thursday's meeting. Officials are concerned over the rapid rise on cases that resulted in over 1 lakh cases even on Sunday with positivity rate over 11%, breaching the previous peak of 99,181 seen in a single day during the...
Athletes opt for self-vaccination; efforts to get Covid jabs for Olympic-bound contingent making no headway | More sports News – Times of India
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Athletes opt for self-vaccination; efforts to get Covid jabs for Olympic-bound contingent making no headway | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: On March 18, an unexpected news trickled in from Haryana’s Sonepat. It was revealed that wrestler Bajrang Punia has got himself vaccinated with the first dose of Covid-19. He wasn’t eligible for the vaccine shot at that time as it was intended for people in the age group of 60+ and 45-59 with comorbidities. However, Bajrang jumped the queue and the state health officials obliged. The grappler had become frustrated with constant RT-PCR testing he was being subjected to in the USA and Italy in the absence of vaccine shots. “I thought it to be the best to get myself vaccinated. This way I can feel safe and travel for training and competitions with a free mind, without bothering about contracting the virus,” he said. Bajrang’s fear was genuine. With the country’s vaccination driv...
IOA secy writes to Harsh Vardhan, AIIMS chief for vaccination of Tokyo-bound athletes | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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IOA secy writes to Harsh Vardhan, AIIMS chief for vaccination of Tokyo-bound athletes | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta on Monday requested the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to expedite the process for the vaccination of the country's Tokyo Olympic-bound athletes and officials against the novel coronavirus. With the Summer Games just little more than three months away, Mehta reminded Harsh Vardhan of IOA's request, made on February 3. "...since there are very few months left for the Games and the safety of the participants are utmost important to ensure all of them are vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to travel to Tokyo. "Therefore, we once again request your good office to consider the request and issue necessary direction," Mehta wrote in his letter. The IOA official also shot off a letter to AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria...
IOA working with AIIMS authorities to vaccinate Olympic-bound athletes | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India
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IOA working with AIIMS authorities to vaccinate Olympic-bound athletes | Tokyo Olympics News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Concerned at the increasing number of athletes contracting COVID-19 at top training centres, the Indian Olympic Association has asked the authorities to expedite the process to get the Olympic-bound athletes get vaccinated soon at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here. Thirty sports persons and support staff across disciplines returned positive after 741 precautionary tests were conducted at the National Centres of Excellence in Patiala and Bengaluru on Wednesday. Even though the positive results in both the centres do not include any Tokyo Olympic-bound athlete, the IOA does not want to take chances as they are training at the same facilities. "We are concerned at the athletes testing positive for COVID-19 though all the Olympic-bound athletes are safe. Bu...
Covid: India better prepared to tackle any challenge, says Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India
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Covid: India better prepared to tackle any challenge, says Harsh Vardhan | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Partial lockdowns such as night curfew and weekend lockdowns would not have much impact on the transmission cycle of coronavirus, health minister Harsh Vardhan said, underlining the need for evidence based public health measures such as ramping up of the ongoing vaccination drive against Covid-19 to keep a check on the second wave. “Physical distancing is an established non-pharmaceutical intervention to suppress/contain the transmission of the Covid virus. The modality for ensuring such physical distancing measures have to be evidence based. In this context, partial lockdowns such as night curfews or weekend lockdowns would not have much impact on the transmission cycle,” Vardhan said during an interaction in the Times Network India Economic Conclave. Coronavirus live update...
Coronavirus vaccine update: From April 1, anyone over 45 can get Covid shot | India News – Times of India
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Coronavirus vaccine update: From April 1, anyone over 45 can get Covid shot | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a move to expand coverage of the vaccination programme and step up the fight against a resurgence of Covid-19 infections, the government on Tuesday announced that anyone above 45 years of age, without any requirement to show comorbidities, can get the shots from April 1. Following the announcement, over 34 crore people in all are estimated to be eligible for vaccinations. At present, people above 60 and those in the 45-60 age group with specified co-morbidities, can take the jab. The decision to expand the age eligibility comes at a time when calls for faster rollout of the shots are rising. Even though the pace of vaccinations has been accelerating, the rollout has been uneven with states reporting unfulfilled capacities and below-expectation participation of private sect...