Rajesh Bhushan

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Amid vaccine shortage claims, Centre blames states for poor planning

14 Apr 2021

Amid vaccine shortage claims, Centre blames states for poor planning

With a number of states claiming that they are on the verge of running out of vaccines, the Centre on Tuesday said that there is no shortage of doses but planning is a problem.

'Test, track, and treat': Centre to states/UTs reporting COVID-19 surge

06 Mar 2021

'Test, track, and treat': Centre to states/UTs reporting COVID-19 surge

Eight states and Union Territories—that have been recording a sharp rise in the daily COVID-19 cases—were on Saturday directed by the Centre to return to the "test, track, and treat" strategy.

COVID-19 vaccine's second dose to be administered from February 13

05 Feb 2021

COVID-19 vaccine's second dose to be administered from February 13

The second dose of the anti-coronavirus vaccine will be administered to healthcare workers from February 13, the Centre said on Thursday, highlighting that 45 percent of them have been inoculated so far.

Eight states/UTs with high COVID-19 positivity rate worrying: Government

04 Feb 2021

Eight states/UTs with high COVID-19 positivity rate worrying: Government

The central government on Thursday took note of the "worrying" COVID-19 situation in eight states and union territories.

Centre defers national Pulse Polio vaccination drive until further notice

13 Jan 2021

Centre defers national Pulse Polio vaccination drive until further notice

The Centre has announced that the national Pulse Polio vaccination drive has been deferred in view of the upcoming, large-scale COVID-19 immunization program across the country.

How will coronavirus vaccine reach Indians? Centre outlines plan

06 Jan 2021

How will coronavirus vaccine reach Indians? Centre outlines plan

As India faces a mammoth challenge of administering the coronavirus vaccine to 1.3 billion people, the Centre on Tuesday explained how the drive will be conducted.

Sleeves up! Coronavirus vaccination drive could begin on January 13

05 Jan 2021

Sleeves up! Coronavirus vaccination drive could begin on January 13

The first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in India will most likely be administered on January 13, a statement from a top official of the Union Health Ministry indicated on Tuesday.

Curb potential COVID-19 'super-spreader' New Year events: Centre to states

30 Dec 2020

Curb potential COVID-19 'super-spreader' New Year events: Centre to states

Amid concerns over the new, more infectious coronavirus strain, the Centre on Wednesday issued an advisory to all states and Union Territories to keep strict vigil on New Year celebrations that could be potential "super-spreader" events.

New coronavirus strain doesn't affect potential of vaccines, says government

22 Dec 2020

New coronavirus strain doesn't affect potential of vaccines, says government

The new strain of the coronavirus detected in the United Kingdom has no impact on the potential of emerging vaccines, the government said on Tuesday.

COVID-19 vaccine may get license in coming weeks: Health Ministry

08 Dec 2020

COVID-19 vaccine may get license in coming weeks: Health Ministry

India may license some COVID-19 vaccines in the next few weeks, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Trial will continue: Centre on SII vaccine's "adverse reaction" claims

02 Dec 2020

Trial will continue: Centre on SII vaccine's "adverse reaction" claims

With the coronavirus vaccine trials being conducted by Serum Institute of India (SII) being shrouded in controversy after a participant complained of an "adverse reaction," the Centre on Tuesday said there's no need to stop the process.

Coronavirus: Government says it doesn't plan to vaccinate entire country

01 Dec 2020

Coronavirus: Government says it doesn't plan to vaccinate entire country

The government on Tuesday said that it has never talked about vaccinating the entire country against the coronavirus disease.

Affordable COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021, promises SII's Adar Poonawalla

05 Nov 2020

Affordable COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021, promises SII's Adar Poonawalla

Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of Serum Institute of India, said that the vaccine against coronavirus will be available in India by January 2021, two months from now, provided that the government gives approvals on time.

Coronavirus: Delhi crosses 5,000-mark for third straight day, rings alarm

31 Oct 2020

Coronavirus: Delhi crosses 5,000-mark for third straight day, rings alarm

Delhi is once again being burdened by coronavirus caseload, as for the third consecutive day on Friday, the National Capital recorded more than 5,000 cases. On Friday, a record 5,891 fresh cases came to the fore; on Thursday, Delhi reported 5,739 cases, and on Wednesday, 5,673 cases.

India has world's highest number of COVID-19 recoveries: Health Ministry

29 Sep 2020

India has world's highest number of COVID-19 recoveries: Health Ministry

India has the highest number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in the world, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Has the second wave of coronavirus started in India?

16 Sep 2020

Has the second wave of coronavirus started in India?

The number of coronavirus infections in India has crossed the 50-lakh mark. The Union Health Ministry's Wednesday bulletin showed that India reported a record 1,290 fresh fatalities in the past 24 hours.

51% COVID deaths in India in people above 60: Centre

25 Aug 2020

51% COVID deaths in India in people above 60: Centre

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that of all the coronavirus-related deaths in India, over half involved people above the age of 60 years.

Coronavirus: Dharmendra Pradhan becomes second Union Minister to test positive

04 Aug 2020

Coronavirus: Dharmendra Pradhan becomes second Union Minister to test positive

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday said that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The 51-year-old has been admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, Haryana.

Aggressive testing necessary, says Centre as India's COVID tally surges

21 Jul 2020

Aggressive testing necessary, says Centre as India's COVID tally surges

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that aggressive testing is required to reduce the COVID-19 positivity rate in India.

India: 30,000 new coronavirus cases recorded; tally reaches 9.36 lakh

15 Jul 2020

India: 30,000 new coronavirus cases recorded; tally reaches 9.36 lakh

India recorded yet another spike in coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the total tally across the country to 9,36,181, data from Union Health Ministry revealed earlier in the day.