The Union Health Ministry has informed all states and union territories that interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines is not permitted, and pregnant and lactating women should not be administered the shots as they have not been part of any anti-coronavirus vaccine clinical trial so far.
India will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the world’s largest inoculation programme.
Ahead of the vaccination drive, in a letter to all states and UTs, the ministry highlighted that under the emergency use authorisation, coronavirus vaccination is indicated only for 18 years and above.
Around three lakh healthcare and frontline workers will be inoculated at 2,934 sites across the country on the first day of the nationwide vaccination drive.
The ministry has already said that getting vaccinated for COVID-19 will be voluntary.
A consignment of an anti-COVID vaccine comprising its 93,000 doses reached Himachal Pradesh’s capital Shimla on January 14, said State Health Secretary Amitabh Avasthi. The consignment of Covishield vaccine had been airlifted from Pune to Chandigarh, from where it was brought to Shimla by road, he said.
A consignment of 18,500 COVID-19 vaccines, to be used in the first phase of inoculation, arrived in Aizawl from New Delhi on the day.
The first consignment of 32,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Arunachal Pradesh in a vaccine van from Guwahati on the day.
Nagaland received its first consignment of 26,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, said an official. The vials arrived from Delhi at Dimapur Airport in an aircraft, he said.
A Maharashtra government official has said it will take six to seven months for the vaccine to become available for those who are not in the high-risk category.
Around 1.62 lakh COVID-19 vaccine has reached all the 24 districts of Jharkhand for the scheduled first phase of the vaccination drive on January 16, according to a top Health department official.
(With inputs from PTI)
World Test Championship final venue to be changed?
India on Saturday thrashed England by an innings and 25 runs to win the four-match series 3-1. With a 3-1 series win over England, Virat Kohli’s men also qualified for the final of the ICC World Test Championship where they will face Kane Williamson-led New Zealand.
The final of the inaugural World Test Championship, which will begin from June 18, is slated to be played at the iconic Lord’s ground in London. However, a Dainik Jagran report has claimed that the ICC is mulling shifting the venue for the WTC final.
Sources, quoted by Dainik Jagran, said that the rising coronavirus cases in London is the reason behind shifting the venue from Lord’s. Though an official announcement is awaited, Dainik Jagran sources said that ICC will likely ask the England Cricket Board (ECB) to decide the venue.
Dainik Jagran sources have claimed that the final will likely be played in a bio-secure bubble in Manchester or Southampton where England hosted West Indies and Pakistan last summer.
“The ICC will soon announce about the venue for the WTC final. The final will unlikely be played at the Lord’s and ICC will ask the ECB to decide in this regard,” sources told Dainik Jagran.
‘We deserve to be in WTC final’
Following India’s spectacular win over England, skipper Virat Kohli lauded his team and said that his side “completely deserves” to be there in the summit clash of the Test Championship.
“Well, we are quite relieved now that we have made it to the WTC final. Probably, if you look at the last 2-2.5 years and how we have played, we deserve to be in the finals. Now, it’s just about getting together as a group and focusing on that big game which is quite exciting for us as a team,” said Kohli in a video posted on the official website of BCCI.
“I think the way we came back as a team, each and every individual stepped up. Credit to everyone, I think everyone hung in there. It is all about the team, we always speak about how we can contribute to the team and that’s what we did. I am really happy as an individual and as a vice-captain. Our journey in not only the WTC, but before that as well, we played really well,” he added.
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