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Highlights: DGCI's approval to Bharat Biotech's vaccine draws flak

The global coronavirus case count as of Saturday stood at 84,517,989 and the death toll was 1,834,586 as per Johns Hopkins University. The US has the highest number of confirmed infections with 20,388,141 cases.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Jan 04, 2021 00:11 IST
Highlights: DGCI's approval to Bharat Biotech's vaccine draws flak
A health worker seen while working to collect swab samples for coronavirus (Covid-19) tests.

The one day nationwide dry run for coronavirus vaccination was conducted on Saturday after the exercise was carried out in four states - Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Punjab-on December 28 and 29. The government gave its approval for emergency use authorization to Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine which will be manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).


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India reported 18,177 new coronavirus infections, taking the country's tally to 1,03,23,965 including 2,47,220 active cases. The death toll after 217 new fatalities stands at 1,49,435. 20,923 new recoveries pushed the total number of recoveries to 99,27,310.

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05:22 PM IST

Australian states reimpose travel restrictions to contain Covid

More Australian states and territories are reimposing travel restrictions to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus from new outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria states, report AP.

05:00 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh records 769 new Covid cases in 24 hours

04:42 PM IST

Odisha records 192 new Covid-19 cases

Odisha's Covid-19 caseload on Sunday mounted to 3,30,309 with 192 more people testing positive for the infection, while three fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 1,883, a health department official said, reports PTI

04:03 PM IST

Delhi records 424 new Covid-19 cases

03:41 PM IST

US records more than 350,000 Covid-19 deaths

The United States surpassed 350,000 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as vaccinations against the virus have begun at a slow pace, reports ANI.

03:23 PM IST

Amit Shah hails vaccine approval

Union Home Minister Amit Shah hailed approval granted today by Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) to the coronavirus vaccines of Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech.

03:07 PM IST

Tokyo reports 816 new coronavirus cases

The Japanese capital recorded 816 new coronavirus infections. Japan has recorded over 240,000 infections since the start of the pandemic and the death toll currently stands at 3,548.

02:31 PM IST

Vaccines cost-effective & easy to administer: AIIMS director

AIIMS Delhi director Randeep Guleria said that both the approved vaccines were cost effective and easy to administer as they were made in India. He also said the vaccine rollout would begin in a 'very short period'.

02:11 PM IST

Indonesia to vaccinate 181.5 million by March 2022

Indonesia is planning to start vaccinating its population against Covid-19 this month and is seeking to deliver shots to 181.5 million people by March 2022, according to the health ministry, as reported by Bloomberg.

01:49 PM IST

Russia reports 24,150 cases, 504 deaths

Russia reported 24,150 new coronavirus infections, taking the country's tally to 3,236,787. The death toll after 504 new fatalities stands at 58,506.

01:27 PM IST

Watershed moment in fight against Covid: Health Minister

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan termed the approval of the Covishield and Covaxin coronavirus vaccines a 'watershed moment in India’s famed battle against Covid-19 under leadership of PM Modi'.

01:16 PM IST

Puducherry reports 50 new Covid-19 cases

Puducherry reported 50 new coronavirus infections, taking the Union Territory's tally to 38,224.

01:11 PM IST

Germany reports 10,315 new cases, 312 deaths

Germany reported 10,315 new coronavirus infections, taking the country's tally to 1,765,666. The death toll rose to 34,272 after 312 new fatalities.

12:15 PM IST

Healthcare and frontline workers to be vaccinated in first phase: Delhi Health Minister

Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain has said that in the first phase of the vaccination drive, healthcare and frontline workers would be inoculated. 3 lakh healthcare and 6 lakh frontline workers were identified in the national capital as per Jain.

12:03 PM IST

WHO welcomes India's decision to approve emergency use authorization for vaccines

The World Health Organisation's regional director of the south-east Asia region, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, has welcomed India's decision to approve emergency use authorization for Bharat Biotech and SII's coronavirus vaccines.

First published: Jan 03, 2021 07:35 IST