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Vials of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, left, and Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac, right, | Bloomberg

UK adds Covaxin, China’s Sinovac to approved vaccine list for travellers

Now all seven Covid shots that have received emergency backing from the World Health Organization will be recognized by the UK.
Serum Institute of India's Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

Covaxin, Covishield effectiveness highest when gap between doses is 6-8 weeks, ICMR study finds

Covishield is administered in India at an interval of 12-16 weeks, and Covaxin at 4-6 weeks. Study, yet to be peer-reviewed, also says vaccines are effective against Delta and other variants.
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Drug-resistant infections are becoming increasingly common. Here’s how we can fight it

The lack of appropriate access to medicines gives pathogens an opportunity to infect more people and develop resistance.

Modi govt allows Serum Institute to export 50 lakh Covishield doses under COVAX to 4 nations

The SII will commence Covid vaccine export under the COVAX programme from 23 November. Nepal, Tajikistan, Mozambique and Bangladesh are the 4 nations that will receive the doses.

Serum Institute urges Modi govt to fast-track movement of increasing Covishield stock

SII's Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs is learnt to have recently communicated to Union Health Ministry that it has a manufactured stock of 24,89,15,000 Covishield doses.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya speaking at the event in New Delhi, on 23 September 2021 | Twitter/@mansukhmandviya

Mandaviya to review vaccination progress in Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Puducherry on 22 Nov

The meeting will encourage citizens of the 4 states to be inoculated. The 1st dose coverage in Meghalaya was 56.7%, Manipur 54.2%, Nagaland 49% & Puducherry 65.7%, officials said.
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Now sleeping longer than 6.5 hours a night associated with cognitive decline

More sleep isn’t always better, as one recent study found.
File photo of a health worker explaining the working of the CoWin app to beneficiaries in Hyderabad| Photo: Noah Seelman | AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Govt activates CoWIN service allowing agencies to check individual’s vaccination status

Service providers such as travel agencies, offices, employers, entertainment or govt agencies for whom verifying a person's vaccination status is critical can use the service.

More people drank excessively during the pandemic. We must address our alcohol problem

Alcohol addiction has existed for thousands of years. But an OECD report said that drinking habits have significantly changed since the pandemic.
Representational image of Covid testing in Mizoram | Photo: Twitter | @dipr_mizoram

India registers 10,302 new Covid-19 infections, 267 more deaths in last 24 hours

The country's active cases decreased by 1,752 in 24 hours and now comprise 0.36 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020.

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A farmworker monitors the burning of rice crop stubble in the Patiala district of Punjab (representational image) | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

A solution to stubble burning that gets to its root cause

Encouraging farmers in the western Indo-Gangetic Plain to give up rice will take considerable effort, but the benefits are clear.
Representational image. | A vendor selling tomatoes at the vegetable market, in Okhla, New Delhi. | Photo: ANI

Tomato is the new onion as rain damage in southern states doubles prices, no respite soon

Retail as well as wholesale prices of tomato have more than doubled to as high as Rs 80/kg in several places. In some southern cities, prices rose to as much as Rs 140/kg.


Navy chief commissions INS Vela, calls it ‘potent platform’ for spectrum of operations

This is the fourth of the six submarines the Navy is inducting under Kalvari class submarine Project 75 and the second major induction in less than a week.

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.