Highlights: Canada's health regulator approves Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine
India continues to be the second worst-affected country after the United States. Brazil, Russia and France complete the top five while Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Argentina and Colombia are next.
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India's count of cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Wednesday reached 9.73 million, the Union health ministry's data showed. A total of 32,080 new cases were logged in the last 24 hours, up from 26,567 in the previous spike, the ministry's dashboard showed. The cases reported by the health ministry on Tuesday were India's lowest single-day count since July 10, when 26,506 cases were registered, it said.
On Tuesday, the United States became the first country to cross the 15 million mark as the world's worst-hit country continues to grapple with rising fresh cases. The grim milestone was breached on a day the United Kingdom became the first country to administer shots of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine candidate, with 90-year-old Margaret Keenan becoming the first person in the world to be administered a shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, outside of trials.
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Canada's health regulator gives its nod for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine
Yet another approval for Pfizer as Health Canada, Canada's health regulator has approved the company's Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
The vaccine has already been approved by the United Kingdom with the United States expected to reveal their decision in days, reports news agency Associated Press.
Turkey reports 217 new Covid-19 fatalities in 24 hours; record single day deaths, says health minister
Turkey's health minister Fahrettin Koca on Wednesday said that a record 217 patients have died in the last 24 hours in the country for Covid-19. With this, the death toll in the country rose to 15,531 deaths and more than 1.5 million people infected have been by Covid-19 totally, reports Reuters.
Russian officials warns against alcohol consumption for people taking Sputnik V vaccine
Anna Popova, head of the consumer health watchdog, has advised against the consumption of alcohol during specified periods before and after taking the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine.
Popova had warned that alcohol could inhibit body's ability to generate immunity against Covid-19, which has received backlash from the Russian public, reports Reuters.
European Medicines Agency reports cyberattack, refuses to provide further details
European Union's medicines regulator EMA, responsible for vaccine approvals in the EU, had reported a cyberattack on Wednesday, without releasing further details.
EMA also confirmed that a full investigation has been launched and is in touch with law enforcement agencies, reports AFP.
Madhya Pradesh's Covid-19 total reaches 218,574 cases, 3,366 deaths
With 1,272 fresh coronavirus cases and eight fatalities, Madhya Pradesh's Covid-19 tally rose to 218,574 cases and 3,366 deaths.
Health officials said that 1,323 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, taking total recoveries to 201,987 cases, reports PTI.
Tamil Nadu Covid-19 tally reaches 794,020 cases, 11,836 fatalities
Tamil Nadu reported 1,232 fresh infection and 14 deaths on Wednesday, taking the state's tally to 794,020 cases and 11,836 total fatalities.
With 1,315 patients recovered, total recoveries stand at 7,71,693 patients in the state. There are 10,491 total active cases in TN, reports PTI.
Resistance to Covid-19 increased gradually in Indore, says study
A study conducted by the blood bank of the Government Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital (MYH) in Indore has reported that a gradual increase in resistance to Covid-19 among common people in the past three months, reports PTI.
Goa records 101 new Covid-19 cases
With the addition of 101 fresh cases of Covid-19, the count of infections in Goa reached 49,036 on Wednesday, an official from the health department said, reports PTI.
Rajasthan records 1,511 new Covid-19 cases, active caseload reaches 19,792
Covid-19 cases in US crosses 15 million mark
US coronavirus cases crossed the 15 million mark on Tuesday as regulators moved a step closer to approving a vaccine, reports Reuters.
UK investigates allergic reactions to Pfizer shots
UK regulators say people who have a “significant history’’ of allergic reactions shouldn’t receive the new Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine while they investigate two adverse reactions that occurred on the first day of the country’s mass vaccination program, reports AP.
India only country with largest vaccine manufacturing capacity: Australian envoy
There're many vaccines being produced in countries around the world but there's only one country that has the manufacturing capacity to produce sufficient quantities to satisfy the demands of citizens in every country & that's India: Australian Ambassador to India Barry O'Farrell https://t.co/zJwdb7QU9r pic.twitter.com/7GWvRwn6hR— ANI (@ANI) December 9, 2020
First published: Dec 09, 2020 07:52 IST