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U.S. escalating vaccine deliveries amid the shortages



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Due to the growing exasperation over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden declared that the U.S. is increasing the deliveries to the needy states first over the next three weeks and is expecting to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the early fall. 

Biden called the push a “wartime effort”. The administration are planning to obtain an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved Covid-19 vaccines. Vaccine shortages in U.S. have been so grave that some vaccination sites around the states had to cancel tens of thousands of prior engagements with people who were looking for their first shots. 

The newly elected President of U.S. pledged that approximately there will be 16% boost in deliveries to states over the next three weeks. However, the administration is planning to buy another 100 million doses each from drug makers Pfizer and Moderna  for long term assurance. 

Governors have been taking record of inadequate supplies in order to plan more dosages and supplies they would require. 

Biden’s buoyant pledge of delivering 100 million injections in his first 100 days of office is a promising thing as he could soon achieve his target of providing 1.5 million doses per day.

The administration has asserted that they will hold news briefings three times a week about the outbreak that has killed over 420,000 Americans. 


MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan assures workers of No lockdown amid rising cases in the state



Amid a sudden spike in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured workers, labourers to not be apprehensive of the scarcity of work in the state as no fresh lockdown will be imposed in the state.

“(A fresh) lockdown will not be imposed so that economic activities do not get adversely affected in the state,” Chouhan said at a Covid-19 review meeting, adding that labourers will be absorbed in MGNREGA works, news agency PTI reported.

Concerns of a second lockdown are looming large as several states are imposing local lockdowns, night curfews to contain the sudden spike of Covid-19. Madhya Pradesh too has witnessed a small spike and is among those states that have been flagged by the Centre as worrying.

Since the state shares border with Maharashtra and an influx of road travellers from Maharashtra is likely during Mahashivratri, the government has made the screening of these travellers mandatory at border points.

But apart from these preventive measures, there will be no fresh lockdown, the chief minister has said.

Upcoming fairs in Pachmarhi, Betul, Chhindwara, Barwani and the districts bordering Maharashtra have been postponed.

On Wednesday, Madhya Pradesh reported 344 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total tally to 2,60,313. It is one of the states that have reported more than 100 average daily new cases in the past week.

In 2020, Madhya Pradesh became one of the hotspots of the infection which was partially attributed to the political upheaval at that time in the state. As on Wednesday, Indore has 740 active cases and Bhopal has 496 active Covid-19 cases.

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