Covid-19: This Haryana district is jacking up vaccination rates with free helmets, dinner sets

Local celebrities such as reality show singer Salman Ali recorded a video message asking eligible individuals to get vaccinated. (File) The Nuh administration has taken up several initiatives as it looks to drive up Covid-19 vaccinations in the Haryana district with the lowest inoculation rate. According to data from the conference of state health ministers … Read more

WHO Warns of 700,000 More COVID-19 Deaths in Europe by March

Nov. 24, 2021 — Countries across Europe are facing another surge in coronavirus cases, which could lead to another 700,000 deaths by March 1 if current trends continue, the WHO announced on Tuesday. More than 1.5 million people have already died from COVID-19 in the 53 countries that make up the World Health Organization’s European … Read more

About 90% of Federal Workers Got Vaccinated by Deadline

Nov. 23, 2021 — More than 90% of federal employees received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by the Nov. 22 deadline that President Joe Biden announced this fall. The majority of those employees are fully vaccinated, and another 5% are seeking or already have an exception or an extension. That means 95% of the … Read more

Can Cupping Improve COVID Vaccine Delivery?

Nov. 22, 2021 — Until mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 emerged, RNA or DNA vaccines had not been used at a large scale even though the technology had existed for years. Now researchers are seeking ways to deliver these vaccines more efficiently, and they’ve found one: cupping, which is rooted in a practice used for centuries … Read more

Disney Pauses Worker Vaccine Mandate After Florida’s Ban

Nov. 22, 2021 — The Walt Disney Company has paused its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees at its theme parks in Florida after state lawmakers banned employers from requiring workers to get vaccinated. Walt Disney World could have faced fines under the policy, a company spokesperson told The New York Times. The Biden administration has … Read more

Covid-19: US CDC recommends booster doses for all adults; Where does India stand?

Around 12% of vaccinations administered around the globe on November 18 were booster doses. (File/Reuters) US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle P. Walensky on Friday expanded recommendations for booster doses for Covid-19 to all adults. The recommendation means all adults who received a dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine … Read more

This Year’s Flu Season: Repeat of Last Year or a ‘Twindemic?’

Nov. 19, 2021 — Cases of the flu, that once annual viral intruder that was regularly the country’s worst annual health crisis, is showing signs of waking up again this fall. But, experts say, it is far too early to say if the country will have a normal – i.e., bad – flu season or … Read more

Covid-19: Vaccine hesitancy biggest threat to overcoming pandemic, says Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla

The government is reaching out to districts where less than 50% of the eligible population has been vaccinated. Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla has said vaccine hesitancy is now the greatest threat in overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic. “The vaccine industry has worked tirelessly to provide enough stocks for the nation. Today, there … Read more

Ensure all adults get 1st dose of Covid vaccine during Har Ghar Dastak campaign: Mandaviya to states

Mandaviya observed that the fight against COVID-19 is at the final stage. Noting that over 12 crore beneficiaries are due for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Thursday urged state health ministers to ensure they are motivated to take it and the entire adult population is administered the first … Read more

Pfizer asks FDA to OK COVID-19 booster shots for all adults

Pfizer’s new study concluded a booster could restore protection against symptomatic infection to about 95%, even as the extra-contagious delta variant was surging. (Photo source: Reuters) Pfizer asked U.S. regulators Tuesday to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older, a step that comes amid concern about increased spread of the coronavirus … Read more