Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 9 lauded health workers involved in taking COVID-19 vaccination to remotest corners of the country. He was responding to a tweet by Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya who had posted a video of health workers carrying the vaccines and navigating a tough terrain, and said their contribution in keeping the country safe will be remembered forever.
Mr. Modi said, "This is just one example of the monumental effort put in by every stakeholder to ensure our fellow citizens get vaccinated. Kudos to each and every person who is making India's vaccination drive a success."
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Govt. allows export of Sputnik Light manufactured in India by Hetero Biopharma
The government has permitted the export of Russia's single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik Light, domestically produced, as the jab has not yet been approved for emergency use in India, sources said on Sunday.
Indian drug firm Hetero Biopharma Limited has been allowed to export 40 lakh doses of Sputnik Light to Russia, sources in the know of the developments told PTI.
Sputnik Light is the same as component-1 of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V which is being used in India's anti-COVID inoculation programme after getting emergency use authorisation from India's Drug Regulator in April.
Only half of schools worldwide resumed classroom learning, 34% continue with hybrid mode: report
Nineteen months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced school closures worldwide, only half of the schools across the globe have resumed classroom teaching and learning while around 34% schools are relying on mixed or hybrid instruction mode, according to the COVID-19 Global Education Recovery Tracker.
The tracker has been jointly created by Johns Hopkins University, the World Bank, and UNICEF to assist countries' decision-making by tracking reopening and COVID-19 recovery planning efforts in more than 200 countries. — PTI
Over 95.96 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses sent to States, UTs so far: Centre
More than 95.96 crore Covid vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far, the Union Health Ministry said on October 10.
A total of 8,28,73,425 balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs for inoculation, it said.
The Union government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID-19 vaccination throughout the country, the Ministry said in a statement. — PTI
Active COVID-19 cases in country lowest in 208 days
India logged 18,166 new coronavirus infections taking the country's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,39,53,475, while the active cases declined to 2,30,971, the lowest in 208 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on October 10.
The death toll climbed to 4,50,589 with 214 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 30,000 for 16 straight days.
The active cases comprise 0.68% of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.99%, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said. -PTI
COVID-19 restrictions further relaxed in Udupi district
The Udupi district administration on Saturday relaxed COVID-19 containment measures including opening of pubs, cinema halls and other auditorium to their full capacity, among others.
Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate M. Kurma Rao in his order said the containment measures were being revised as the COVID-19 positivity rate in the district had come down below 1%. While night curfew would continue to be in force between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., pubs are allowed to open by following standard operating protocol.
Thousands march in Rome to protest workplace vaccine rule
Thousands of demonstrators marched down Rome's Via Veneto and other main streets on October 9, many clashing with police, to protest a government rule requiring COVID-19 vaccines or recent negative tests to access workplaces starting next week.
The certification in Italy, known as a “Green Pass,” takes effect on October 15 and applies to public and private workplaces. The protesters first held a noisy, authorized protest Saturday in Piazza Del Popolo. Then demonstrators left the vast square and clashed with police as they headed through nearby Villa Borghese Park and then down Via Veneto in an unauthorized march. -AP
India doesn't yet have that Covid safety armour needed to start reopening, says W. Ian Lipkin
The percentage of India's population vaccinated against COVID-19 is very low, renowned virologist Dr. W. Ian Lipkin said on October 9 and opined the country does not yet have the sort of safety armour needed to start reopening.
Addressing India Today Conclave 2021, he said India has the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world which the country should be proud of.
"Serum Institute of India is poised to lead here. I think this is something that India should be proud of and should acknowledge and promote," he said. -PTI
(With inputs from Agencies)