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New Delhi: Reflecting strong momentum, India witnessed 19 initial public offers worth USD 1.84 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020 and market sentiment remains positive in what could be a stellar 2021, according to a report. Leading consultancy EY’s India IPO Trends Report: Q4 2020 showed that there were a total of 10 Initial Public Offers (IPOs) in the main market and 9 in the SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) segment during this period.

In the latest December quarter, there were 19 IPOs valued at USD 1.836 billion and the largest was that of Gland Pharma with an issue size of USD 869 million. There were just 11 IPOs in the year-ago period.

India ranks ninth globally in terms of the number of IPOs in 2020 with 43 IPOs raising USD 4.09 billion, as per the report.

“There is a strong momentum in the IPO markets, and

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WHO Chief thanks PM Modi for ‘continued support’ to global Covid-19 response, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Geneva: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Saturday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his continued support to the global Covid-19 response, saying acting together, including sharing of knowledge, will help in combating the novel coronavirus. India this week announced that it will send Covid-19 vaccines under grant assistance to Sri Lanka and seven other countries – Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Seychelles, Afghanistan and Mauritius.

Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives have already received India’s Covid-19 vaccines under grant assistance in sync with its “Neighbourhood First” policy.

“Thank you, India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your continued support to global Covid-19 response. Only if we act together, including sharing of knowledge, can we stop this virus and save lives and livelihoods,” tweeted Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Prime Minister Modi has said India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used for the benefit

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Experts, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The slide in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases, deaths and positivity rate in Delhi can be attributed to aggressive containment measures, a segment of population achieving immunity and fewer outside patients, experts said on Friday.

Some of them, however, noted that it is hard to “ascertain the actual position” as many people having mild symptoms have been skipping testing.

Suresh Kumar, the medical director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, Delhi’s largest health facility, said authorities have been able to contain the coronavirus spread through aggressive testing and contact tracing.

“More than one crore tests have been conducted in Delhi so far. On average, around 60,000 to 70,000 tests are conducted daily. The Delhi government should be credited for its micro-management and planning,” he said.

The cumulative number of tests in Delhi crossed the one crore mark on January 20.

Over 14 lakh

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UAE approves Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, Health News, ET HealthWorld

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates on Thursday said it has approved Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, state media reported citing the ministry of health, marking the third vaccine to be approved by the UAE.

“Study results have demonstrated the effectiveness of the vaccine in triggering a strong antibody response against the virus, its safety for use, and its compliance with international safety and effectiveness standards,” the statement said.

The UAE hosted Phase III clinical trials for the vaccine.

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HYDERABAD: A 42-year-old healthcare worker in the Nirmal district of Telangana, who received Covid-19 vaccination, died early Wednesday after complaining of chest pain, with preliminary findings suggesting the death is unrelated to the vaccination, a health official said.

The worker was vaccinated at about 11.30 AM on Tuesday at a Primary Health Centre (PHC) in the district and he is said to have developed chest pain at around 2.30 AM on Wednesday.

He was brought dead to the district hospital at about 5.30 AM, state Director of Public Health G Srinivasa Rao said in a press release.

“Preliminary findings suggest that the death seems to be unrelated to vaccination,” it said.

As per the guidelines, post-mortem would be conducted by a team of doctors.

The district AEFI (adverse events after immunisation) committee is examining the matter and it would submit its report to the state AEFI committee,

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Govt, Health News, ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: A total of 4,54,049 beneficiaries have so far been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the country which is more than double the number of coronavirus active cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

In a span of 24 hours, 2,23,669 people were vaccinated for Covid-19 across 3,930 sessions taking the cumulative total of people vaccinated to 4,54,049 (across 7,860 sessions conducted so far) in the country, the ministry said.

India’s total Covid-19 active caseload has dropped to 2 lakh (2,00,528) as on date which consists of just 1.90 per cent of the total cases, while the daily new cases have touched a new low on Tuesday with 10,064 daily new infections being added to the national tally after seven months. The daily new cases were 10,956 on June 12, 2020, the ministry said.

“The fall in the number of daily new cases is accompanied by a fast-rising

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