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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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UK’s vaccination programme expands to cover over-70s, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Millions of people aged 70 and over and those clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 will be invited to get their vaccinations as the National Health Service (NHS) expands the rollout of the vaccines to the next priority groups from Monday.

The NHS has so far been working to vaccinate the first two priority cohorts recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which are care home residents and staff, and those aged 80 and over and frontline health and care staff.

Vaccinating these groups will remain the priority, but vaccination sites which have enough supply and capacity for vaccinating further people are allowed to offer vaccinations to the next two cohorts – those aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable people.

“Today is a significant milestone in our vaccination programme as we open it up to millions of more people who are most at risk from Covid-19,”

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Over 1 million people vaccinated in Germany, Health News, ET HealthWorld

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Berlin [Germany]: As many as 1,048,160 people in Germany have already received a vaccine against COVID-19, the Robert Koch Institute, a national authority for infectious diseases, said on Saturday.

Over the past 24 hours, nearly 80,000 people received the vaccine.

On Friday, media reported that Edith Kwoizalla, a 101-year-old woman residing in a care home in the town of Halberstadt, had become the first German to receive the second shot of the two-dose vaccine against coronavirus.

According to the data, 18,678 new cases of COVID-19 were registered in Germany, while 980 patients have died. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Germany recorded over 2 million cases of the infection and nearly 46,000 fatalities.

In late December, Germany launched a vaccination campaign against COVID-19, using the vaccine developed by companies Pfizer and BioNTech. (ANI/Sputnik)

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But some flag concerns may go for the opt-out option amid vaccine debate, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Kolkata: When the Covid-19 vaccination is rolled out on Saturday, a small section of beneficiaries, who are healthcare workers, may go for the opt-out option. Officials of healthcare units across the city said that they were getting feedback that about 20% of their registered beneficiaries, mostly doctors, might not go for the vaccination.

“None of the doctors who are talking about opting out are anti-vaccine. But they are questioning the lack of data. We feel that about 20% of beneficiaries could back out during the Phase I rollout,” said a source at Medical College Hospital Kolkata.

Currently, out of the vaccines that have got emergency-use approval in India, 6.9 lakh doses of Covishield have arrived in West Bengal for vaccination of around 6 lakh healthworkers.

“I am not at all anti-vaccine. I am hesitant because enough data to make an informed decision is not available from the government.

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Health ministry, Health News, ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: India recorded 87 new Covid-19 cases per million population in the last seven days which is one of the lowest in the world when compared with countries like the US, the UK, Russia, Germany, Brazil, France and Italy, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday. It further said that only one new death per million population was reported in India in this period.

“With a case fatality rate of 1.44 per cent, Covid-19 deaths per million population in India are one of the lowest in the world,” the ministry underscored.

India’s total Covid-19 active caseload continues to manifest a sustained downward movement and has dropped to 2.13 lakh comprising just 2.03 per cent of the country’s total infections, it said.

The daily new cases added to the country’s Covid-19 numbers have been below 20K in the recent days, it said.

The number of daily new cases registered in

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