Weeks before the identification of India’s first COVID-19 infection, the country is set to vaccinate millions of frontline workers from January 16. at least one regional state-level vaccine store.

Covishield and Covaxin, the two vaccines currently available, will be given in two doses, with an interval of 28 days between each dose. Effectiveness will start 14 days after the second dose. Citizens should adhere to appropriate COVID-19 behavior during and after the vaccination process.

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Covaxin Ships to 11 Cities in India: Bharat Biotech

Bharat Biotech said on Wednesday that it had successfully shipped its COVID-19 Covaxin vaccine to 11 Indian cities in the early hours and donated 16.5 lakh doses to the center.

The company also expressed its deepest gratitude to the nation, all clinical trial volunteers and partners for making this successful and landmark public-private partnership for the development of India’s first COVID19 vaccine, according to a statement from hurry.

After receiving the government order form for 55 lakh doses, Bharat Biotech shipped the first batch of vaccine (each vial containing 20 doses) to Gannavaram (Vijayawada), Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Kurukshetra, Bangalore, Pune, Bhubaneswar , Jaipur, Chennai and Lucknow.

First batch of 94,000 doses of Covishield vaccine reaches MP

The first shipment of around 94,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine reached Bhopal Airport in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, a state government official said.

The batch of vaccine doses arrived at Raja Bhoj airport on a scheduled flight from Mumbai, the head of the public relations department said.

“About 94,000 vials of vaccine in different boxes have arrived in Bhopal,” he said.

Second batch of COVID vaccine for Assam arrives at Guwahati airport

Assam received the second shipment of COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday as a cargo flight from a private airline carrying 12,000 doses of locally developed “ Covaxin ” landed at Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (LGBI ) here, an official said.

The freighter carried three boxes, weighing around 78.5 kg, of the COVID vaccine from Hyderabad, he said.

“The shipment was dispatched by Bharat Biotech and handed over to state government officials within six minutes of arrival,” a spokesperson for the Indian Airports Authority said.

Second shipment of coronavirus vaccine arrives in Karnataka

The second shipment of 1.47 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived here on Wednesday from the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, a health official said.

The first shipment of around 6.48 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine reached Bengaluru on Tuesday.

102 people positive with the British variant of the coronavirus, according to the Department of Health

The total number of people found positive with the new variant genome in the UK stands at 102, the Department of Health said on Wednesday and added that India’s active workload had fallen to 2.14 lakh (2,14,507).

“The share of active cases in total positive cases has fallen to 2.04%. This is the lowest after 197 days. The total number of active cases was 2,15,125 as of June 30, 2020. A net decrease of 2,051 cases has been recorded in the total active cases in the last 24 hours, ”said a statement from the ministry.

The ministry also said that the COVID-19 vaccination campaign which is due to start from January 16 is a massive exercise nationwide and will use the principles of people’s participation (Jan Bhagidari) and use experience elections (stand strategy) and the Universal Immunization Program (UIP).

Vials of Covishield vaccine for central TN districts reach Tiruchi

The Tiruchi Regional Vaccine Store (RVS) received a total of 68,800 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as the first shipment from Chennai early Wednesday morning.

The Covishield vaccine, provided by the Serum Institute of India, arrived in Chennai on Tuesday, from where it had been shipped to various RVS points in the state for the first phase of the vaccination campaign which was due to start on January 16.

Of the 68,800 doses, Tiruchi received 17,100 vials, while the remaining doses were sent to: Ariyalur 3,300 vials, Perambalur 5,100, Pudukottai 3,800 and 3,100 in Aranthangi, Karur 7,800, Thanjavur 15,500, Tiruvarur 6,700 and Nagapattinam 6,400.

Decision to reopen schools for other classes will be taken at the appropriate time, TN minister said

Depending on the prevailing situation, a decision to reopen schools for grades 1 to 9 and 11, gradually, will be taken, School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan told Erode on Wednesday.

Speaking to the media in Gobichettipalayam, he said Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami had announced the reopening of schools for students in grades X and XII from January 19. He said all precautionary measures against COVID-19, as requested by the Department of Health, have been taken and will be followed after schools open.

First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Kochi

COVID-19 vaccines are carried on Wednesday from Cochin Airport to various locations in Kerala. | Photo credit: Special arrangement

The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery at around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. The flight arrived about 15 minutes before the 11 a.m. schedule announced earlier by airport authorities.

The shipment includes vaccines for Ernakulam and Kozhikode district. The transfer of vaccines for the onward journey was completed in 10 minutes. The shipment arrived on GoAir G8 flight 347 from Mumbai, airport sources said.

The vaccine package included 1.8 lakh doses for Ernakulam and 1.19 lakh doses for Kozhikode. The vaccine against Kozhikode will be transported by road.

COVID-19 violators fined Rs 3.63 CR in 4 days in Gujarat

Gujarat police collected fines worth Rs 3.63 crore between Jan. 8 and Jan. 11 from people violating the mask rule for COVID-19 prevention and people spitting in public, said Wednesday officials.

The fine for not wearing a mask in public places in the state is 1,000 rupees.

On average, around 9,000 people were fined every day from Jan.8 to 11 for COVID-19-related violations in Gujarat, state police said in a statement.

BMC allows various school boards to conduct exams in Mumbai

The Mumbai civic body has allowed various national, national and international education councils to conduct physical exams on their schedule in the city while following all COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

Earlier, citing fear of a second wave of COVID-19, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) last month postponed the opening of schools and colleges here until January 15.

However, it has now decided to allow the councils to conduct their exams because failing to do so could result in the loss of a year for the students, the BMC said in its order issued on Tuesday evening.

India registers 15,968 new cases

The number of COVID-19 cases in India increased to 1.04.95,147 with 15,968 infections reported in one day, while recoveries soared to 1.01,29,111, pushing the national recovery rate to 96 , 51%, according to data from the Union Health Ministry updated on Wednesday.

The death toll rose to 1.51,529 with 202 new deaths per day, according to data updated at 8 a.m. The number of people who have recovered from the disease has climbed to 1,01,29,111, pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 96.51%, while the case fatality rate of COVID-19 is 1.44%.

The active workload of COVID-19 has remained below 3 lakh. – PTI

Late hunt for the British variant of the virus

Although the Union Ministry of Health has confirmed the presence of 96 instances of the ‘UK variant’ – a form of Sars-Cov2 associated with high infections – in India, it has yet to start significantly search for the variant in people without such a history. So far, these variants have only been identified in people with a history of international travel after November.

Scientists associated with the sequencing exercise, on condition of anonymity, said The Hindu that it was “highly unlikely” that the variant was not locally present in India in people with no travel history and that enough was not being done to actively research it.

The identification of such variants is important because in case of a rapid peak of cases, it can be analyzed whether certain variants are responsible. It would also be necessary to cultivate these viruses in the laboratory so that scientists can then design appropriate tools to make diagnostic devices or even improve vaccine development efforts.

Emotional moment for Serum Institute of India team, says Poonawalla

Boxes of Covishield, the vaccine made at the Serum Institute of India, have left for several locations across India, SII CEO Adar Poonawalla tweeted on Tuesday. “A moment of emotion for the Serum Institute team as the first expeditions finally leave,” he says.

Adar Poonawalla tweeted: "A moment of emotion for the team of @SerumInstIndia as the first #Covishield expeditions finally leave for several locations across India." Photo: Twitter / @ adarpoonawalla

Adar Poonawalla tweeted: “An emotional moment for the team at @SerumInstIndia as the first #Covishield expeditions finally leave for multiple locations across India.” Photo: Twitter / @ adarpoonawalla

The Center bought 11 million doses at ₹ 200 per dose. Two doses, 28 days apart, are to be administered to 30 million healthcare professionals and other members of priority groups identified by states. As part of the government-sponsored vaccination of health workers, 5.5 million doses of Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech, are also purchased.