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Vials of Zydus Cadila's Covid-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D | Photo: zyduscadila.com

ZyCov-D supplies to begin soon but may not be part of national vaccine programme right away

With Omicron on the prowl and decision pending on vaccinating children, government may wait before using the one crore doses of ZyCoV-D, the only vaccine licensed for use in minors
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2 Omicron cases detected in Karnataka, first in India, says health ministry

The infected patients are 66-year-old and 46-year-old persons. Contact tracing is on, government says.
A technician uses a single channel pipette dropper at a Testaro Covid-19 laboratory in the Dunkeld suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa | Representational image | Bloomberg

South Africa in talks with Pfizer, Merck for Covid pills amid Omicron concerns

South Africa has the highest number of confirmed cases of the Omicron variant, about 3 million, and 90,000 deaths. This is the country's fourth wave of infections.
A BMC health worker collects a swab sample of a passenger at Dadar railway station in Mumbai, on 2 December 2021 | ANI photo

India records 9,765 new Covid infections in last 24 hours, active cases rise to 99,763

The death toll climbed to 4,69,724 with 477 fresh fatalities while the country's total caseload rose to 3,46,06,541, according to the health ministry data.
Accredited Social Health Activists -- or ASHAs, raise their arms during a protest in New Delhi | Bloomberg

Over a million ASHA workers are teaming up with trade unions to seek higher wages

Several ASHA workers said authorities who earlier assured them better wages, PPE and safe working conditions haven’t kept those promises despite a two-day stoppage last year.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya speaking at the event in New Delhi, on 23 September 2021 | Twitter/@mansukhmandviya

Modi govt tables Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill for regulation of clinics

The bill seeks for the regulation and supervision of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) clinics and ART banks, prevention of misuse, safe and ethical practice of ART services.
Samples being examined at the Genome Sequencing Lab at DMS, Chennai | Representational image: ANI

On Omicron, keep eye out for changes in hospitalisation rate & mortality: Centre tells states

All samples from hotspots to be genome sequenced. States asked to step up surveillance at airports, but Centre objects to Maharashtra’s decision on testing all passengers.
Commuters asked undergo RT PCR test at Talapady checkpost of the Karnataka-Kerala state border, in Mangaluru, on 30 November 2021 | PTI Photo

Active Covid cases in India below 1 lakh after 547 days, lowest since March 2020

The active cases have declined to 99,023 comprising 0.29% of the total infections. With 8,954 new infections, the daily caseload has stayed below 20,000 for 54 straight days.
Representational image | Covaxin vaccines | ANI file photo

‘Bruce Lee assault’ — ICMR official explains why Covaxin may have edge against Omicron

Dr Samiran Panda says Covaxin, being a whole virion vaccine, could work better, while there are chances of Omicron escaping targeted vaccines such as those based on the mRNA platform.
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World AIDS Day: 57% Indians don’t use contraception, Ahmedabad ranks lowest, survey finds

The survey findings come the same day UNAIDS warns of possible '7.7 million more AIDS-related deaths' in next 10 years.

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File image of Badrinath Temple, one of the four pilgrimage sites that make up the Char Dham yatra | Wikimedia Commons

Rollback of Char Dham Act has a message for all governments — free India’s temples

The Char Dham Devasthanam Board Management Act has been repealed in Uttarakhand. It will have ramifications across India.
Night work at the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, Australia | Commons

Gautam Adani’s disputed mine in Australia shows ditching coal isn’t easy

Proposed in 2010 and stalled by legal challenges, financing setbacks and a sustained campaign from climate activists, the Carmichael operation is set to begin exports before December-end.

Defence

PM Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden during their bilateral meeting in Washington on 24 September 2021| Twitter /@narendramodi

US unlikely to impose CAATSA sanctions on India for S-400, but other Russian deals won’t be easy

The $5.43-bn S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile systems deal is going to be at the centre of the upcoming India visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.
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