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A beneficiary gets the Covid vaccine in Chennai | Representational image | ANI

Even one dose of Covid vaccine effective in preventing death, says study on TN Police

Conducted by ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, the analysis uses data documented by Tamil Nadu Police department. It was published in Indian Journal of Medical Research.
File image of a vaccine consignment from India for Bangladesh in Dhaka | PTI

Modi govt plans to revive ‘Vaccine Maitri’ in July-August, but only in neighbourhood

India started sending Covid shots abroad from 20 January under an initiative labelled ‘Vaccine Maitri’. However, amid a domestic shortage, Vaccine Maitri came to a halt in April. 
UGC building in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

UGC draws flak as ‘Thank you PM Modi’ posters for free vaccines spring up at universities

DU was among institutions that put up posters expressing gratitude for PM Modi. The message read: 'Vaccine for All. Free for all. World’s largest vaccination camp. Thank you Modiji.'
A file photo of NITI Aayog member (health) and Covid panel chair Dr. V.K. Paul. | ANI

Fast pace of vaccination is key to opening of economy, says Niti Aayog member VK Paul

Paul further said that the third wave of the Covid pandemic can be stopped only if appropriate behaviour is followed and a majority of people are vaccinated.
The Central Drugs Laboratory in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh | Himani Chandna | ThePrint

CDL, Kasauli — the Himachal lab which makes sure that every Covid vaccine you get is safe

Central Drugs Laboratory, Kasauli, is only lab authorised to test safety & efficacy of vaccines in India, including those for Covid. It's also only lab authorised by WHO to test vaccines exported from India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on 7 June 2021 | BJP | Twitter

PM Modi boasts of world’s largest free Covid vaccine drive as Centre revises policy

In a Twitter post, the Prime Minister also said the biggest beneficiary in this phase of the vaccine drive shall be the poor, the middle class, and the youth of the country.
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Covid pandemic: Cuban vaccine shows good results, Israel’s trained dogs sniff out virus

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

Centre to increase pace of vaccination in July-August, says Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Shah Monday said with PM Modi's decision to provide free Covid vaccine to people aged 18 and above, the goal of inoculating everyone will be achieved fast.
File photo of Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury speaking in the Lok Sabha | PTI

Parliamentary committee head Adhir Chowdhury, NDA MPs clash over Centre’s Covid management

The verbal exchange took place in Public Accounts Committee's first meeting since the second wave of Covid while Chowdhury was reading a suo-motu statement over India's Covid crisis.
File photo | A health worker in Ghaziabad prepares a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine | PTI

‘Didn’t advise 16-week gap for Covishield’ — vaccine group member stands by claim amid row

When it extended Covishield dose gap on 13 May, govt said decision was based on recommendation of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. Report questions assertion.

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Indira Gandhi

How Emergency made it to school textbooks during Congress raj

The preface in the NCERT book on political science said it was a “tribute to the maturity of Indian democracy”. I wince as I read that now.
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Moody’s cuts India’s growth forecast from previous estimate of 13.9% to 9.6% for 2021

Moody's said the second wave Covid infection hit India's economy in April, May and faster vaccination progress will be paramount in restricting economic losses to June quarter.

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India, US kick off two-day multi-domain wargame in Indian Ocean Region with eye on China

The US deployed its naval carrier strike group, led by the USS Ronald Reagan, and a fleet of F-18 fighter jets and E-2C Hawkeye all-weather aircraft for the exercise, officials said.

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.