DCGI refuses to grant emergency-use authorisation to Russian single-dose Covid vaccine Sputnik Light

DCGI refuses to grant emergency-use authorisation to Russian single-dose Covid vaccine Sputnik Light

After three days of brief respite, the Covid cases and deaths have shown a gradual increase once again. India on Thursday reported 48,786 new Covid-19 infections and 1,005 deaths in last 24 hours, the morning health bulletin said. The cases have increased over 5 per cent and the corona fatalities have also crossed the 1,000 mark after three days. However, in terms of the active cases, the decline continues.

The official data says that there are 5.2 lakh active cases in India at the moment. The number of tests conducted in last 24 hours stand at 19 lakh, the ICMR update says.In a terms of national vaccination numbers, June ended on a muted note with the daily jabs administered crashing to pre-June 21st level. According to the CoWin dashboard, India vaccinated 27,54,314 people on June 30. As per Niti Aayog, the Centre has set a target of 10 million or 1 crore daily jabs. Even after the record-breaking June 21 rollout of new scheme, that target has not been met on any day so far. With new vaccines coming in picture, we can hope for better days.

On the new vaccine front, Zydus Cadila is the new shot on the block. The pharma major has applied for emergency nod from the DCGI for its DNA-based Covid vaccine. While Covishield is viral vector-based vaccine, Covaxin is an inactivated vaccine. Pfizer and Moderna are mRNA-based vaccine.In a major decision that comes into effect from today, all private hospitals across India would now need to place their vaccine orders on CoWin portal. Until now, private medical facilities could directly contact the manufacturers and procure the vaccines. But this changes from today.The health ministry will be the sole authority for the supply of the vaccines. Once the order has been placed, the private hospital would get a period of 72 hours to make the payment. Now, it would be interesting to see how this new arrangement impacts the national vaccination programme.

While the corona situation is bettering in India with a continuous decline in daily caseload, the Covid graph is witnessing a fresh surge in neighbouring Bangladesh. The situation also remains grim in Russia, Indonesia and some European nations.Here’s Financial Express Live Blog on the coronavirus pandemic. We bring you the latest, official and confirmed leads on vaccines, global studies and fresh outbreaks.

Source – Financial Express

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