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Centre taking best efforts to build up vaccine stock, says MEA spokesperson

Govt is engaged with US vaccine manufacturers and the Biden administration to ensure all materials for domestic production in India, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

Mamata writes to PM Modi seeking 20 lakh vaccine doses for state, central govt employees

The West Bengal CM said a minimum of 20 lakh doses are needed to cover all the employees and requested vaccines for those in 'priority sectors' without further delay.
A woman being vaccinated against Covid in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday | For representation only | ThePrint

Vaccines almost certainly less effective against transmission of Indian Covid variant, says expert

Oxford Univserity professor Anthony Harnden also said that there is no evidence so far if this particular mutant of the coronavirus evades the vaccine.
File photo of a health worker receiving Covid vaccine at Max Hospital in Delhi | Representational Image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Here’s how drones can improve India’s vaccine supply chains

India's Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) is one of the largest in the world, but vaccine logistics remain a challenge.

Mamata declares journalists as ’Covid warriors’, urges Centre to vaccinate citizens for free

Mamata Banerjee said that if a portion of the money that the Centre spent in elections was invested in the Covid vaccination then universal vaccination would have already be done.
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Not just travel, people now want vaccine passports to enter restaurants, concerts, stadiums

According to a survey by the World Economic Forum, most adults are in support of vaccine passports.
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Server hiccup, no slots, one crore people registered in 4 hrs — How CoWIN performed on day 1

Govt officials say the portal received 27 lakh hits per minute, adding they’re working round-the-clock to ensure it runs smoothly.
A person being vaccinated against Covid in Jaipur | Rohit Jain Paras | ThePrint

Rajasthan, which once topped Covid vaccination charts, is now left with stock for ‘just 3 days’

Daily vaccinations have dipped in Rajasthan from 5 lakh a fortnight ago to around 2 lakh now. Congress govt accuses Centre of not providing adequate supply of vaccines.
Covaxin is manufactured by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech | ANI Photo

Modi govt in talks with Bharat Biotech to manufacture Covaxin in Tamil Nadu’s Chengalpattu

Talks come at a time states and private hospitals claim there is a shortage of vaccines. The Rs 904 crore vaccine plant currently manufactures disinfectants and sanitisers.
A Covid Vaccination Centre at Victoria Hospital in Mauritius | Photo: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

India’s Covid vaccine export curbs will hurt poor countries more

India’s decision to pare back shipments threatens the Covax group’s plans to inoculate 2 billion people before the end of the year.

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‘White foods’ are invading India’s breakfast menu. So are chronic illnesses

India's bakery market is expected to grow 8.5% to reach more than $12 billion by 2026. But evidence is also building up against refined foods as producing more harm than good.
A vendor sits at a stall, which is allowed to remain open till 11 am, in the walled city of Jaipur, Rajasthan | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Growth, not inflation, has become RBI’s priority after second wave of Covid

Monetary Policy Committee believes the current gains in price growth — fanned by fuel tax hike, higher commodity prices — don’t warrant withdrawal of measures put in place to support recovery.

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Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

Expert panel to fine tune military theaterisation plan after stakeholders differ on key issues

The big dilemma facing the govt and the armed forces is whether theatre commands, which call for a joint war strategy, should be country-specific or based on challenges.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.