PM, CMs Likely to be Vaccinated Against Covid in Round 2: Sources | Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers are likely to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in the second round, sources said. The PM said in the CMs’ meet that the turn of other politicians, who are above 50, will come in next phase. After healthcare and frontline workers such as police, armed forces and municipal workers, the third category to be vaccinated is likely to be people over the age of 50, followed by those who are below 50 but suffer from co-morbidities.
The Prime Minister’s Office said the interaction follows Modi’s continuous dialogue and discussion with scientists, political leaders, officials and other stakeholders to proactively ensure smooth conduct of the world’s largest vaccination drive. Varanasi is Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency. He had launched the nationwide inoculation drive on January 16 with over three crore healthcare and frontline workers prioritised to get the jabs initially.
PM Modi to Interact During Covid 19 Vaccination Drive in Varanasi | PM Narendra Modi will interact with beneficiaries and vaccinators of the Covid 19 vaccines in his constituency Varanasi via video conference on Friday. The Prime Minister’s office (PMO) said the interaction would take place at 1:15 pm where the participants will share their experiences. Urging people to watch the event, Modi said, this interaction would give first-hand opportunity to hear their experiences as well as feedback.
The world’s largest vaccination drive is underway in India. Our frontline warriors are getting vaccinated across the nation. At 1:15 PM tomorrow, 22nd January, I would interact with beneficiaries and vaccinators of Covid vaccination drive in Varanasi, via video conferencing.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 21, 2021
India Sends Covid Vaccines to Nepal, Bangladesh | India on Thursday delivered two million doses of Covishield vaccine to Bangladesh and one million doses to Nepal under grants assistance, while commercial supply is expected to start on Friday with shipments to Brazil and Morocco. It is learnt that two million doses each will be sent as commercial supplies to Brazil and Morocco, while a consignment of 1.5 million doses of Covishield will be delivered to Myanmar, 50,000 doses to Seychelles and another shipment of 1,00,000 doses is slated to arrive in Mauritius on Friday as part of India’s grant assistance.
No Loss to Covishield Production: Adar Poonawalla | The Serum Institute announced that it will pay Rs 25 lakh each as compensation to the next of kin of the deceased. “We have just received some distressing updates; upon further investigation we have learnt that there has unfortunately been some loss of life at the incident. We are deeply saddened and offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the departed,” SII Chief Executive Adar Poonawalla said on Twitter.
I would like to reassure all governments & the public that there would be no loss of #COVISHIELD production due to multiple production buildings that I had kept in reserve to deal with such contingencies at @SerumInstIndia. Thank you very much @PuneCityPolice & Fire Department
— Adar Poonawalla (@adarpoonawalla) January 21, 2021
5 Dead in Fire at Serum Institute of India | A big fire on Thursday at the Serum Institute of India killed five people, a government official said, but the world’s biggest vaccine maker said it would not affect production of Covishield, the AstraZeneca coronavirus shot it is manufacturing locally. Videos and pictures showed black smoke billowing from a multi-storey building in SII’s massive headquarters complex in Pune, Maharashtra, after the fire broke out around 2.45pm.