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Odisha seeks 95% vaccine allocation for State, 5% to private hospitals -Satyasundar Barik

-The Hindu Uptake from 25% allocation to private hospitals is less because of their low presence, CM tells PM Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday demanded an increase in the allocation of vaccines for the State to 95%, and a reduction in the share available to private hospitals to 5%, in order to speed up the COVID-19 inoculation drive in Odisha. In a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah...

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India’s vaccine policy needs clarity -K Sujatha Rao

-The Hindu In seeking to pursue conflicting objectives, the policy architecture is complex and difficult to implement Contrary to popular perception, public policies are made without full knowledge or facts. More often than not, they embody assumptions arising from experience, an understanding of history, and present conditions. Considering the vast sea of unknowns surrounding COVID-19, it would be understandable to place a greater reliance on historical experience. Instead, India’s vaccine policy appears...

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AstraZeneca Chief Investigator Backs India's 12-16 Week Gap Between Covishield Jabs -Karan Thapar

-TheWire.in Professor Andrew Pollard tells Karan Thapar why India's 12-16 week Covishield gap makes sense, but refutes claim a single dose AstraZeneca vaccine is likely soon. The Chief Investigator of AstraZeneca and the Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group has, in this interview, addressed the present controvery over how long the gap between two doses of Covishield should be, clearly endorsing the Centre’s present policy of a 12-16 week gap. Professor Sir Andrew...

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95% of vaccinated staff got protection against Covid: Apollo study

-PTI/ Business Standard The findings of the study are under consideration for publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal A multi-centre study on a cohort of over 31,000 vaccinated healthcare workers of a leading private facility, spanning across the country, has found that Covid vaccine provided protection against infection in "95 per cent" of the beneficiaries, hospital authorities claimed on Wednesday. The study by Apollo Hospitals took place over four and a half months,...

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The Mystery of Missing Vaccines -Prabhat Patnaik

-Newsclick.in Large-scale privatisation of the vaccination programme is happening, cutting of low-paying sections of the population. Yet, other discrepancies remain, calling for an audit by CAG. India is facing an acute vaccine shortage. The impression that generally prevails is that this shortage is because while production capacity is slow to increase, there has been a sudden spurt in vaccine demand since vaccination is now open for the 18-44 years age group in...

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