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Have stopped vaccination due to vaccine shortage: Rajasthan Health Minister

  • For June, GoI has allotted 12.66 lakh vaccines (both Serum Institue & Bharat Biotech); with this combined quota, it won’t be possible to vaccinate 3.25 crore beneficiaries as double dose &wastage makes vaccine requirement nearly 7 crore: Dr Raghu Sharma, Rajasthan Health Minister
  • We gave an advance of Rs 47 crores to Serum Institute of India (SII) and Rs 12 crores to Bharat Biotech, the former supplied us vaccines, but the latter didn’t. Due to no vaccines, we have stopped vaccination. We will resume as and when we get vaccines: Rajasthan Health Minister

Chhattisgarh CM on COVID vaccine wastage in the state:

  • “Centre is doing politics, they should not give such misleading reports. All our reports are going to them. Those who go for vaccination without registering on CoWIN are being deemed by them to be cases of vaccine wastage.”
  • “There has been 0.6% vaccine wastage in 45+ category & around 0.8% vaccine wastage in 18+ category – less than the 1.6% wastage guideline by Centre. They are not taking into account the data of our ‘CGTeeka’ portal & they are giving misleading info.”

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia inaugurated a drive-in COVID vaccination centre at Select City Mall, Saket today.

Delhi police recovered 848 kgs of used gloves from two godowns and arrested three persons for allegedly repacking these gloves after washing them

More than 1.84 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs, and they will receive over 11 lakh doses within the next three days: Union Health Ministry

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin wrote to PM Modi requesting to hand over assets of Integrated Vaccine Complex (IVC) owned by HBL to Tamil Nadu govt so that the facility can be put to use at the earliest.

Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on COVID vaccine wastage in the state:

  • We don’t have vaccines in the first place. The supply that is being made to us is not at par with our demand. It is a matter of concern. It is a ‘hand to mouth’ situation for us almost every day.
  • There can be 1-2% vaccine wastage. But we won’t let it get wasted to an extent where the vaccines would reach their expiry date. It is a different matter if there is needle breakage. There is no vaccine wastage like that.

Delhi HC allows duty free import of Amphotericin B to treat black fungus patients on bond by importers till Centre takes a decision.

HC says black fungus medicine needed to save lives, Centre should seriously consider waiver of custom duties till it is in short supply.

Twitter says concerned about intimidation tactics by police in response to giving manipulated media tag to tweets by BJP leader.

Plan to advocate for changes to elements of IT rules that inhibit free, open public conversation: Twitter

Twitter says concerned about staff in India after recent police action at offices in Delhi, Gurugram

Will strive to comply with applicable law in India, and continue constructive dialogue with govt: Twitter spokesperson

Andhra Pradesh Government postpones Class 10 exams; to review again in July: Chief Minister’s Office

CM MK Stalin inaugurates COVID care center at Barathi Govt Women’s college

Kerala Government will resume digital classes for school students from 1st June: State Education Minister V Sivankutty

Madhya Pradesh: Petrol & diesel prices per litre – Rs 101.77 & Rs 93.07 in Bhopal

10,000 sachets of 2-DG coming to market today: Rajnath Singh

With help of Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy’s Lab, DRDO has produced essential medicine 2-DG. It’s yielding positive results. I’ve been receiving information from many states that they want 2-DG. I’m delighted to say that its 10,000 sachets are coming to market today: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Dr Vinod Paul debunks myths surrounding Covid vaccination program

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should be procured as soon as possible to vaccinate children: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Arunachal Pradesh reports 374 new COVID-19 cases, three fatalities.

Infection tally rises to 25,376, death toll 107. The state now has 3,504 active cases of the disease.

COVID-19 pandemic biggest risk to growth outlook: RBI

2nd wave of pandemic triggered revision of FY22 growth projections with consensus gravitating towards earlier forecast of 10.5%: RBI

Puducherry reports 1,137 new COVID-19 cases, 20 fatalities.

Infection tally rises to 1,00,677, death toll 1,455. Number of active cases of the disease in the union territory stands at 14,473.

‘Mehul Choksi be deported only to Antigua’

As per the Indian Citizenship Act, the moment Mehul Choksi acquired citizenship of Antigua he ceased to be an Indian citizen. As per Immigration & Passport Act he can be deported only to Antigua: Mehul Choksi’s counsel Vijay Aggarwal on reports of Choksi’s deportation directly to India

Defence Ministry has rendered its services in the second wave too: Rajnath Singh

This wave of COVID is unprecedented & more dangerous than earlier. But Defence Ministry has rendered its services in the second wave too…DRDO has set up COVID hospitals & Oxygen generation plants in Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi and many other parts of the country: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launches the Services e-Health Assistance & Tele-consultation (SeHAT) OPD Portal via video conferencing.

Govt fully recognises & respects the right of privacy. Ordinary users of WhatsApp have nothing to fear about the new rules. Its entire objective is to find out who started the message that led to commissioning of specific crimes mentioned in the rules: Electronics & I-T Minister

The new Rules are only designed to prevent abuse & misuse of social media. Govt welcomes criticism including the right to ask questions. The Rules only empower the ordinary users of social media when they become victims of abuse & misuse: Electronics & I-T Minister RS Prasad

HC seeks stand of Centre, Delhi govt on plea for SIT probe into alleged attack on farmers camped at Singhu border on January 29.

Two more COVID-19 fatalities, 235 new infections reported in Ladakh.

Caseload rises to 18,045, death toll 181. Number of active cases of the disease stands at 1,664.

Price of petrol & diesel at Rs 93.68 per litre and Rs 84.61 respectively in Delhi.

Migrant workers return to Delhi as the number of COVID cases goes down here.

Chhattisgarh: Troops of CoBRA Battalion recovered and neutralized a 5 kg IED in the forest area of Sukma

HC seeks stand of Centre, Delhi govt on plea to ensure adequate supply of COVID-19 vaccines for national capital.

With the efforts of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Genetic Life Sciences, Wardha has manufactured Amphotericin B Emulsion injections for treating Mucormycosis. It was being produced by only one company so far. Distribution to begin from Monday at Rs 1200 each: Office of the Union Minister

Manipur | 44 Assam Rifles, under the aegis of 22 Sect AR/IGAR(E), along with Tamenglong district health officials establishes a COVID Vaccination Center here. Presently there are only four such centers including the 44 Assam Rifles vaccination center: Assam Rifles

The hearing of the Narada case has been deferred till 2 pm today.

GoI sources say Govt is doing everything possible to increase availability of Liposomal Amphotericin B injections

  • Government of India is doing everything possible to increase availability of Liposomal Amphotericin B injections to deal with Mucormycosis. To augment production, Government of India has given licenses to 5 more companies that can make this drug: GoI sources
  • PM had instructed officials to get this drug from anywhere it is available in the world. Indian missions across the world have been involved in securing supplies of this drug. It has been achieved with help of Gilead Sciences in USA: GoI sources
  • Gilead Sciences is working on expediting the supply of AmBisome to India through Mylan. More than 121,000 vials have so far reached India. Another 85,000 vials are on the way. The company will supply 1 million doses of AmBisome to India through Mylan: GoI sources

(ANI reports)

YouTuber arrested for animal cruelty

YouTuber Gaurav Sharma arrested for cruelty to an animal after he posted a video on social media where he floated up a pet dog in the air by tying hydrogen balloons on its back, risking its life: DCP South Atul Thakur

Rupee opens on flat note, inches higher by 4 paise to 72.73 against US dollar in early trade

Zydus seeks DCGI approval to undertake clinical trials for monoclonal antibodies cocktail that can neutralise COVID infection: Zydus Cadila

Covid recovery rate increases to 90.01%. The weekly positivity rate is currently at 10.93%, daily positivity rate at 9.79%, less than 10% for 3 consecutive days: Health Ministry

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi pays floral tribute to India’s first PM Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary at Shantivan.

Rahul Gandhi Tweets: “Evil unchecked grows, evil tolerated poisons the whole system.” Remembering the wise words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his death anniversary.

Covid Tests

A total of 33,69,69,352 samples have been tested up to May 26 with 21,57,857 samples tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Covid active caseload further declines to 24,19,907 after active cases decrease by 75,684 in last 24 hours: Health Ministry

India reports 2,11,298 new cases, 2,83,135 discharges & 3,847 deaths

  • Total cases: 2,73,69,093.
  • Total discharges: 2,46,33,951
  • Death toll: 3,15,235
  • Active cases: 24,19,907
  • Total vaccination: 20,26,95,874

Our current stock of vaccines will be consumed in a day or two. We have the capacity of administering 4 lakh doses in a day

– Banna Gupta, Jharkhand Health Minister

We have around 6.52 lakh vaccines for all age groups. It has been said that there’s 37% of vaccine wastage in our state with no evidence. But the wastage is of 4.65% which is lower than that of the other states

– Banna Gupta, Jharkhand Health Minister

Australia’s Victoria state to enter COVID-19 lockdown after ‘highly-infectious’ outbreak

Victoria state Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he “absolutely expects” more positive cases to emerge in the coming days as the variant, first detected in India, was likely to be more virulent than the original strains.

UN takes new step towards international cybercrime treaty

Called “Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes,” the resolution — co-drafted with Equatorial Guinea — focuses on the work of a special committee launched in 2019.

Price of petrol & diesel in Delhi at Rs 93.68 per litre and Rs 84.61 respectively

Petrol & diesel prices per litre:

  • Rs 99.94 & Rs 91.87 in Mumbai
  • Rs 101.77 & Rs 93.07 in Bhopal
  • Rs 95.28 & Rs 89.39 in Chennai
  • Rs 93.72 & Rs 87.46 in Kolkata

UN rights council mulls ‘systematic’ abuses probe after Gaza conflict

The draft resolution presented by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will be debated during a special one-day council session focused on the surge in deadly violence between Israelis and Palestinians this month.

Pfizer tells Centre its vaccine suitable for 12 years and above

American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer on Wednesday informs the Central government that its COVID-19 vaccine is suitable for all aged 12 and above and can be stored at 2-8 degrees for over a month, according to the sources.

Delhi’s Covaxin stock over for 45+ age group, Covishield left for 12 days

A lot of vaccines are available in the international market that have not been approved by the Centre yet but have been approved by the WHO. Today, all across the world, countries are administering vaccines like Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, she said.

Biden sends greetings to Buddhists on Vesak

US President Joe Biden sent greetings on Wednesday to the Buddhist community on the occasion of Vesak, a day honouring the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha.

Biden asks intel community to redouble efforts to trace origins of COVID-19

Biden said the United States will also keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and provide access to all relevant data and evidence.

U.S. CDC approves Royal Caribbean cruise for June, first since COVID-19

The ship will skip a simulated voyage because it requiring crew and passengers to be vaccinated, the CDC said. Royal Caribbean said all sailings will depart with vaccinated crew and everyone over 16 must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19. From August 1, all guests ages 12 and older must present proof of vaccination.

US Congressman looks forward to meeting Jaishankar to discuss global vaccine production, security issues in Indo-Pacific

US Congressman Brad Sherman is looking forward to meeting External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar to discuss various issues, including global vaccine production, and security issues in the Indo-Pacific.

Taiwan accuses China for blocking deal with BioNTech for COVID-19 vaccines

“Taiwan was close to sealing the deal with the German plant, but because of China’s intervention, we still can’t sign the contract,” the island’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a meeting of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

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