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Flipkart donates 50K PPE kits to UP govt



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India’s indigenous e-commerce company Flipkart along with ‘GiveIndia Foundation’ on Wednesday donated 50,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to the Uttar Pradesh government.

The PPE kits were provided to the state officials in a virtual ceremony attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Flipkart’s Chief Corporate Officer (CCO) Rajneesh Kumar.

Lauding the efforts of Yogi Adityanath in combating Covid-19 in the state, Rajneesh Kumar said,”Flipkart is committed to the development and security of Uttar Pradesh and its residents. We are proud that we are helping the state government in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. 50,000 PPE kits have been provided to the U.P government in collaboration with GiveIndia Foundation which will help in protecting the health workers, patients and other frontline warriors from coronavirus infection.”

Earlier, Flipkart had donated more than 50,000 PPE protective gear and N95 masks to the Uttar Pradesh administration to fight the pandemic.

Flipkart has distributed more than one million medical gowns and six lakh N-95 masks across India.

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447 cases of adverse effect reported,Covid-19 vaccine given to 2,24,301 beneficiaries :Govt.



A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine so far, out of which only 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported, the Union Health Ministry said on day two of the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday.

Addressing a press briefing, the ministry’s Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said out of the 447 adverse events following immunisation, only three required hospitalisation.

“Today being Sunday, only six states conducted vaccination drive and in 553 sessions a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated,” he said.

The six states where the vaccination drive was carried out on Sunday are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu, he added.

Agnani said a total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till January 17 as per provisional reports, adding that 2,07,229 of them received the jabs on day one of the drive.

“A total of 447 AEFI have been reported on January 16 and 17, out of which only three required hospitalisation. Most of the AEFI reported so far are minor like fever, headache, nausea,” he said.

He said a meeting was held with all states and union territories on Sunday to review the progress of the drive, identify bottlenecks and plan corrective actions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the world’s largest inoculation drive against COVID-19 on Saturday and said the two vaccines being deployed will ensure a “decisive victory” for India against the pandemic.

India has approved two vaccines—Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India—for emergency use in the country.

According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two coror frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities. PTI

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