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Hundreds living in Delhi’s shelter homes still await Covid shot -Jignasa Sinha

-The Indian Express According to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board, there are over 209 shelters across the city. These include temporary structures housing more than 4,000 people, most of them daily wagers. New Delhi: It’s been nearly six months since the Covid Vaccination programme started across the country but hundreds living in Delhi’s shelter homes haven’t received a single dose. According to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), there are over...

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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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Why vaccine hesitancy should not be tackled through a carrot and stick policy -Sarojini Nadimpally

-Scroll.in What is needed is better public health communication. Along with an acute shortage of Covid-19 vaccines, with only 3.3% of its population fully vaccinated, India is also witnessing vaccine hesitancy. Anecdotal evidence suggests people, particularly in the rural and tribal areas, are not coming forward to take the vaccines. While it is imperative to address vaccine hesitancy, superficial attempts that fail to understand its structural causes could lead to more damage. As...

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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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To prepare for the third wave of Covid-19, here is what India needs to do -Abhishek Jha and Vineet Sachdev

-Hindustan Times The second wave of Covid-19 infections in India peaked on May 9, 2021. The seven-day moving average of daily cases has come down to 85,807 from the peak of 391,819 on May 9. The fact that India faced a severe second wave of infections, which overwhelmed the health infrastructure, has underlined the importance of preparing well for the third wave. Of course, the pace of Vaccinations will matter the most...

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