How does Covishield work?
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is being manufactured locally by the Serum Institute of India.
The vaccine, which is known as Covishield, is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus (known as an adenovirus) from chimpanzees. It has been modified to look more like coronavirus – although it can’t cause illness.
When the vaccine is injected into a patient, it prompts the immune system to start making antibodies and primes it to attack any coronavirus infection.
The jab is administered in two doses given between four and 12 weeks apart.
What about the possible side-effects from COVID-19 vaccine?
The common side effects in some individuals could be mild fever, pain, pain at the site of injection. States have been asked to start making arrangements to deal with any COVID-19 vaccine-related side-effects as one of the measures towards safe vaccine delivery among masses.
How does Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN work?
The government-backed COVAXIN vaccine has been developed by Bharat Biotech.
It is an inactivated vaccine which means that it is made up of killed coronaviruses, making it safe to be injected into the body. Bharat Biotech used a sample of the coronavirus, isolated by India’s National Institute of Virology.
When administered, immune cells can still recognise the dead virus, prompting the immune system to make antibodies against the pandemic virus.
Vaccine prices too low, difficult for companies to sustain: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw on Sunday hit out at the government capping COVID-19 vaccine price at Rs 250 at private hospitals, saying vaccine companies “feel betrayed” as it is too low to sustain.
The Rs 250 ceiling per dose includes Rs 150 per dose of vaccine plus Rs 100 service charge.
Technical glitch reported in Co-WIN portal at Nagpur hospital
The COVID-19 vaccination process at Nagpur’s Indira Gandhi Hospital couldn’t begin due to a technical glitch in the Co-WIN portal. “Registration has begun and tokens are being given. We will begin the process as soon as the site is up,” the hospital’s Medical Superintendent told ANI.
Odisha CM administered COVID-19 vaccine
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Odisha Assembly Dispensary.
The state reported 34 active cases and one death in the last 24 hours
Ravi Shankar Prasad lauds PM for ‘encouraging Indian entrepreneurs’
PM @narendramodi has always led from the front in encouraging Indian doctors and scientists. Today he took the first shot of India made #COVAXIN at AIIMS.
His commitment for encouraging Indian entrepreneurs, startups, innovators is indeed exemplary and inspiring. https://t.co/X29O0Y21hN
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) March 1, 2021
Registration for vaccine to be done through CO-WIN portal
Booking for appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine is to be done through the CO-WIN portal (check link here).
ANI quotes the health ministry as saying that the CO-WIN app on the Play Store is not for registration, but for administrators only.
COVID-19 tally crosses 1.11 crore
India’s COVID-19 tally surpassed 1.11 crore on Monday with 15,510 new infections, while the active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day and were recorded at 1,68,627, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The total coronavirus cases reached 1,11,12,241 in the country, while the death toll rose to 1,57,157 with 106 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am on Monday showed.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,86,457, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.07 per cent, it stated. The case fatality rate has dropped to 1.41 per cent.
Health ministry releases list of private hospitals for inoculation
The health ministry on Saturday released a list of private hospitals where beneficiaries can get themselves inoculated after paying the fixed price.
The list includes around 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY (click here to access list), more than 600 hospitals empanelled under CGHS (list can be downloaded from here) and other private hospitals empanelled under State Govts Health Insurance Schemes, the health ministry said in a statement released on Saturday.