Survey, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Mumbai: As India resumes flights to the UK from Friday, though in a restricted manner, after keeping them suspended for about a fortnight in the wake of detection of new variant of coronavirus, a majority of people want flights banned from the countries having cases with new variants, according to a survey. The findings are based on the responses received from over 8,000 citizens across 207 districts in the country, online platform LocalCircles said on Friday.

Significantly, Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal too had on Thursday urged the Centre to suspend the flights between India and the UK till January 31 in view of the “extremely serious” Covid-19 situation in that country.

India temporarily suspended flights to the UK following similar moves by many nations like Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium as a precautionary measure amid concerns over the highly infectious

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Centre to states, UTs, Health News, ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry has informed states and union territories that they are likely to receive the first supply of the Covid-19 vaccine shortly and asked them to remain prepared to accept these consignments.

In a communique, the ministry said vaccine will be supplied to the identified consignee points of 19 states and union territories — Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal — by the supplier.

The vaccine for remaining 18 states and union territories — Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Daman and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand — will be received from their respective government medical store depots.

“All the states and UTs are likely to

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China, Health News, ET HealthWorld

BEIJING: Delays to a long-planned mission by WHO experts to China to investigate the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic are “not just a visa issue”, Beijing said Wednesday.

A year after the outbreak started, international health experts were expected to arrive in China this week for a highly politicised visit to explore the beginnings of the virus, which first emerged late last year in the city of Wuhan.

The sensitive mission has been beset by delays and politics, with fears of a whitewash by Beijing.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Wednesday that talks were continuing between the two sides over “the specific date and specific arrangement of the expert group’s visit”.

“The issue of origin-tracing is incredibly complicated. To ensure the work of the international expert team in China goes smoothly, we have to carry out necessary procedures and make relevant arrangements,” said Hua.

She said the

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Karnataka Minister, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Bengaluru: Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Tuesday asked people to refrain from unwarranted criticism of Covaxin’s Phase-3 trial as it discredited the hard work of the scientists. The minister’s statement comes a day after Bharat Biotech Director Krishna Ella came down on his critics over allegations that the Hyderabad-based vaccine maker lacks data of Covaxin.

“I think people should have the patience to read the internet and look at what our articles are,” Ella had said.

In a series of tweets, Dr Sudhakar stated that Bharat Biotech was a reputed company with credibility and experience.

“Covaxin’s phase-3 clinical trial involves 24,000 volunteers & it’s data will be available soon.

I humbly appeal to everyone, not as a Health Minister but as a fellow medical professional, to refrain from unwarranted criticism which discredits the hard work of our scientists,” Sudhakar tweeted on Tuesday.

The health minister said Bharat Biotech is

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Covid care bid leads to shortage of beds in hospital, Health News, ET HealthWorld

SAMBALPUR: The medicine ward of the Sambalpur District Headquarters Hospital (DHH), which had 100 beds with 50 each in the male and female ones, is functioning with only 27 at present.

Officials said the DHH was converted into a Covid-19 centre on April 22. The district administration had then made alternative arrangements for the patients dependent on the DHH after it ceased to function from its original location.

While the hospital’s male medicine ward was converted into an isolation wing, the female medicine ward was converted into an ICU when it was dedicated to Covid care. The Covid-19 hospital was closed and the DHH resumed its regular functioning from here on November 20. However, the isolation ward and the ICU continued to occupy the male and female medicine wards of the DHH. Hence, the DHH authorities set up the medicine wards at other places on its premises where only

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Health Minister on 2 vaccines being approved, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Sunday welcomed the emergency use approval for Oxford-AstraZeneca’s and Bharat Biotech‘s vaccines against coronavirus and termed it a “watershed moment” in India’s battle against Covid-19.

India’s drugs regulator Sunday approved Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield, manufactured in India by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country, paving the way for a massive inoculation drive.

Vardhan said the country’s wait for a Covid-19 vaccine is over with these approvals.

“A watershed moment in India’s famed battle against #Covid19 under the charismatic leadership of Hon’ble PM @narendramodi Ji ! Our wait for #Covid19 vaccine is over with COVISHIELD from @SerumInstIndia and COVAXIN from @BharatBiotech approved for emergency use in India,” Vardhan tweeted.

Calling these vaccines a fitting tribute to corona warriors, he expressed heartfelt gratitude to healthcare professionals and frontline workers for their efforts during these unprecedented

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