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Sri Lanka seeks $100 million loan from IMF to procure 14 million Pfizer vaccines

Sri Lankan minister for pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana told Parliament Tuesday that the government had vaccinated over 50% of the island nation's 21 million population.
Representational image of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India under the name Covishield | Photo: ANI

Govt defends CoWin certificate as UK nod for Covishield fails to resolve travel row

The Indian Covid vaccination certificate is in line with template developed by the UN and International Civil Aviation Organisation, say govt officials.
People wait to receive Covid-19 vaccine dose during a vaccination drive in Birbhum district, West Bengal on 21 September 2021 | PTI

India logs 26,964 new Covid infections, 383 fatalities in last 24 hours

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,27,83,741 and the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33%, according to health ministry data
File photo of children at the Secunderabad railway station | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

When should kids wear a mask: On school bus, in classroom, outdoors? Here’s what experts say

With schools taking steps to reopen as number of Covid infections remain manageable, the debate over masking children — especially if they should and how young — is growing.

AYUSH ministry threatens Kerala doctor with defamation, for ‘denigrating’ Ayurveda

Dr Cyriac Abby Philips was interviewed by a YouTube channel in June this year on liver injuries that could occur due to herb use, and the video went viral in Kerala.
Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

India’s R value drops to 0.92, but Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru still over 1

R value, which indicates how fast Covid-19 is spreading, registers a drop to 0.92 from last week's 0.98. Maharashtra and Kerala, states with high active caseloads, also register drop.
Health workers administer Covid-19 vaccines at a special vaccination camp targeting 1 lakh doses in a single day, in Bikaner, on 8 September 2021 | PTI

61% post-vaccine adverse events linked to Covid shots in govt study, none fatal

Report comes 7 weeks after meeting by AEFI committee, and 10 weeks after the last report. In the time since, India administered over 48 crore doses.

India registers 26,115 new Covid cases, 252 fatalities in last 24 hours

According to health ministry data, active cases comprise 0.92% of the total infections, lowest since March 2020, while the national recovery rate was recorded at 97.75%
A nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE Covid-19 vaccine | Bloomberg

Pfizer Covid vaccine safe for kids aged 5-11 yrs, shows robust antibody response, trail finds

Pfizer and BioNTech SE said phase 1/2/3 trial initially enrolled up to 4,500 kids between 6 months to 11 years in the US, Finland, Poland & Spain from over 90 clinical trial sites.
File image of United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres

Covid fight ‘too slow & unequal’, need to end pandemic: UN secy gen Guterres

At the UN General Assembly, Guterres outlined five points to achieve sustainable development goals, which he said were getting 'further out of reach' due to climate change and Covid.

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File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

AUKUS and Afghanistan – Now is the time for Modi govt to deploy every diplomatic instinct

India’s diplomatic advance in the US could be pivotal with long-lasting effects in both South Asia as well as the future of the Indo-Pacific.
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani Al Zeyoudi (file photo) | Bloomberg

UAE seeks $100 billion non-oil trade with India to deepen economic ties

The United Arab Emirates ​is looking to reposition itself as a global hub for business and finance in the face of growing regional competition from Saudi Arabia.


Air Marshal VR Chaudhari | Twitter/@PIB_India

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari appointed as next Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Chaudhari, presently serving as Vice Chief of the Air Staff, will take charge after the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria on 30 Sept, the defence ministry said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.