Private Hospitals to Charge for Covid-19 vaccine, Government Centres give it Free of Cost

The vaccination has gained momentum in the country with a large population already been vaccinated. The coronavirus vaccine will available at private hospitals for a maximum price of Rs. 250 per dose inclusive of Rs. 100 service charge, while the government centers will provide it free of cost. This price came after the Union Minister, Prakash Javadekar earlier said that the health ministry will decide the amount to be charged for the vaccine within 3-4 days as they are in discussion with the hospitals and the manufacturers. The number of…

The COVID-19 Vaccine Alliance Between the US and India

According to the vaccine alliance, GAVI, the US vaccine maker Novavax and the Serum Institute of India have signed a memorandum of understanding for the supply of Covid-19 vaccines to the WHO backed Covax facility. The Serum Institute of India and Novavax already have an agreement for vaccine supply that includes a commitment to provide a total of 1.1 billion doses of Novavax’s candidate NVXCoV2373 to the Covax facility, this existing agreement is to be included in the memorandum of understanding. The Novavax vaccine is said to have shown 90%…

Coronil Certified by the WHO as Effective Against COVID-19?

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s claim that Coronil is effective in boosting immunity and controlling COVID-19 faced a strong objection from the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Baba Ramdev, co-founder of Patanjali, released a scientific research paper in the presence of union ministers Harshvardhan and Nitin Gadkari at an event that was organised by Patanjali. The paper stated that Patanjali manufactured Coronil is the “first evidence-based Ayurvedic medicine” against coronavirus. It also stated that Coronil has received the Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product from the Ayush section of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation…

Vaccine and the New Covid-19 strains

Vaccination drive has been going on in the country with full force but with the emergence of the new coronavirus strains in certain states have left people thinking over the efficacy of these vaccines. Dr. M.C. Misra, former AIIMS director, New Delhi, talks about the vaccines and the new strains The information till now about the efficacy and the immunogenicity of the Covishield suggests that about 60% to 70% immunity is developed after the dose only. This why according to the WHO’s directions a gap of 8 to 12 weeks…

COVID-19 and Low Turnout for the Second Round of Vaccination

The vaccination of healthcare workers started on January 16 and front-line workers from the first week of February. The second dose of the vaccine is administered 28 days after the first dose. Over 1,800 healthcare workers got their second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. There were six adverse events following the immunisation, said a Delhi government spokesperson. However, officials report that the turnout for the second dose was low due the beneficiaries not being notified. Of the total beneficiaries, 3,530 healthcare workers received the first dose and 1,856…

The World Will Come Back to Normal in 7.4 Years with the Current Vaccine Rate – COVID-19 vaccine update

Ever since the pandemic has started, the one question that’s on everyone’s mind is, when will this get over? The answer to this question now lies in the speed of vaccination. U.S. science officials such as Anthony Fauci have suggested it will take 70% to 85% coverage of the population for things to return to normal.It will take the world as a whole 7.4 years at the current pace to return to normal.  Bloomberg has come up with a vaccine tracker. The calculator provides a snapshot in time, designed to…

Sero Survey Conducted in Delhi, More than 50% had Antibodies Against COVID-19 : Officials

A serological survey is meant to check prevalence of a disease in a population, by detecting the presence of specific antibodies against the virus. The serological test is performed to diagnose infections and autoimmune illnesses. It can also be conducted to check if a person has developed immunity to certain diseases. More than 50% of those surveyed have developed antibodies against Covid-19, suggests the fifth round of serological surveillance conducted in Delhi. This is the highest seroprevalence found during the surveys since the outbreak of the pandemic and according to…

World’s Largest Vaccination On-Going, UN Agencies Helping Closely In Execution

Written by Ashwarya Singh With the launch of the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive in India, a spokesperson for the UN chief told the media that several United Nation agencies are helping authorities to execute a massive mass vaccination programme. As per the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Stephane Dunarric, the UN has sent a team to India in order to support the government and UN partners in the most gigantic vaccination programme. At the daily press briefing, he said that Indian government has vaccinated nearly half a million of…

On-Spot Covid Vaccination, Walk-in’s Allowed by Health Ministry

Written by Ashwarya Singh To ensure that vaccination centres reach their target and no wastage of resources occur, the Health ministry has moulded its rules in terms of Covid Vaccination registry. Now, with certain modifications in the Co-WIN app, especially designed to cater the delivery of vaccines across the country, one can avail the benefit of on-spot registry for Covid vaccination. The decision from the health ministry has come after low turnouts of health workers at the vaccine centres. Covid-19 had kept the world on hold in 2020, but with…

Some Commonly Asked Questions Surrounding Covid19 Vaccine: Dr. Randeep Gularia, Director, AIIMS, Delhi

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COVID-19 vaccine is on its third phase of human trial but there are still a lot of many questions that people seek answers for. Health Info and News brings to you. The expert himself to and we the most frequently asked question surrounding Covid-19 vaccine. Dr. Randeep Gularia, Director, AIIMS, Delhi tries to address some of the most frequently asked questions. Q. Is a COVID-19 vaccine scheduled anytime soon? Yes vaccine stages are under different stages of finalisation. Many of the vaccines are in the phase-3 trials and are almost…