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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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11:35 AM IST

Will not approve anything if there is safety concern: DCGI

The Drugs Controller General of India, VG Somani, said that nothing would be approved if there was even the slightest safety concern. He did, however, mention that side effects like mild fever, pain and allergy may happen to some people but rubbished talks of the vaccines causing impotency.

11:09 AM IST

India’s drug regulator approves SII and Bharat Biotech Covid-19 vaccine for restricted emergency use

India's drug regulator has approved Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccines for restricted emergency use.

11:06 AM IST

Covaxin vaccine efficacy was found to be 70.42%, says Drugs Controller General of India

The Drugs Controller General of India said that the Covaxin coronavirus vaccine was found to have an efficacy rate of 70.42%

10:22 AM IST

South Korea reports 657 new coronavirus infections

South Korea reported 657 new coronavirus infections, taking the country's tally to 63,244.

10:05 AM IST

17,48,99,783 samples tested so far: ICMR

The ICMR said that a total of 17,48,99,783 samples have been tested so far, of which 9,58,125 were done yesterday.

10:03 AM IST

85 ITC Grand Chola employees tested positive from Dec 15 to Jan 1

85 ITC Grand Chola (Chennai) employees have tested positive for coronavirus from December 15 to January 1, as reported by ANI

09:35 AM IST

India reports 18,177 new coronavirus infections, 217 deaths

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.

08:54 AM IST

Japan may declare new emergency to curb Covid spread

Japan may declare a new emergency to tackle the spread of coronavirus in the country as cases surge, said the head of the nation's pandemic response after a meeting with the governors in the capital region.

08:19 AM IST

Mexico records 6,359 new cases, 344 deaths

Mexico recorded 6,359 new coronavirus infections taking the country's overall caseload to 1,443,544. The death toll after 344 new fatalities stands at 126,851.

08:17 AM IST

DCGI set for coronavirus vaccine media briefing at 11 am

The Drugs Controller General of India will brief the media about the coronavirus vaccine at 11am.

08:05 AM IST

Vaccination drive based on election process: Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the vaccination drive was based on the country's election process, planned down to the booth level. He said that over 57,000 participants across 719 districts had completed training and 96,000 vaccinators had been trained so far.

First published: Jan 03, 2021 07:35 IST