Second dose inoculation has been low in most of the tribal districts in Odisha.
India, one of the largest troop-contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions, had gifted 2,00,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for UN peacekeepers across all UN missions.
While the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine led to strong immune and antibody responses for at least six months after clinical trial participants, it is likely that the immune response could last much longer.
The country’s second most populous state, Bihar was only a tad better with a little over 50 per cent of the 18-plus population covered with vaccination yet.
More than 71 lakh doses were administered on September 13 till 7 pm, according to the provisional data available on Co-WIN portal.
ICMR’s Bhubaneswar centre study finds higher antibodies in those who took Covishield vaccine compared to Covaxin.
Britain alleged that Valneva was in breach of its obligations under the supply agreement, which the company “strenuously” denied. There was no immediate comment from the British side.
With more than 2,000 active cases each, Chittoor, East Godavari, Nellore and Prakasam are contributing to over half of the overall active cases.
The ministry said more than 5.64 crore balance and unutilised COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered.
The coronavirus has to be defeated and vaccination is the way to victory, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the entire eligible population should be double vaccinated by October 31, and urged people to join hands with the state government for the same.
The G20 Health Ministers' Meeting in Italy this week is focused on building on strong cooperation and collaboration to end the COVID-19 pandemic and support recovery around the world.
Subramanian met Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia on Friday along with Health Secretary Dr J Radhakrishnan and Director of Public Health Dr TS Selvavinayagam
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal also stressed on finding a permanent, adequate and equitable solution to the public stock holding programmes for food security purposes.
More than 13 million South Africans have received at least one vaccine dose, including 5.7 million who are fully vaccinated.