Articles about VK Paul

31 Dec 2021

Union Health Ministry
COVID-19 surging in six states; Omicron dominant in urban areas

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday red-flagged nine urban districts and six states on the basis of their increasing trajectory in weekly COVID-19 case counts and positivity rates.

18 Oct 2021

Union Health Ministry
India in 'tapering phase' of second wave of COVID-19

India is currently in the "tapering phase" of the second wave of COVID-19, said Dr. VK Paul, the chief of the outbreak's task force.

08 Oct 2021

Government preparing to handle 4.5-5 lakh COVID-19 cases a day

The Indian government is preparing to handle a surge of up to five lakh coronavirus cases a day, NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr. VK Paul said.

23 Sep 2021

At-home COVID-19 vaccinations for those disabled, with restricted mobility

The central government on Thursday announced COVID-19 vaccinations at home for people who cannot reach vaccination centers due to restricted mobility or disabilities.

16 Sep 2021

NITI Aayog
COVID-19: Centre says October-November most crucial; warns against festivities

NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul Thursday said that the coming two months, October and November, are the most crucial months to contain the surge of COVID-19 infections in the country.

WHO nod for COVAXIN expected by September-end: Report

NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul has said that India's indigenous COVID-19 vaccine COVAXIN's trial data looked promising, and the vaccine could soon get emergency-use approval from the World Health Organization (WHO) soon.

COVID-19: Government issues advisory on celebrating the festive season

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that people should celebrate upcoming festivals at home, without gathering in large numbers.

22 Aug 2021

Union Health Ministry
After second wave, COVID-19 group suggests preparing for 23% hospitalizations

A government COVID-19 task force has recommended preparing for a 23% hospitalization rate in the event of a surge in infections.

COVID-19 booster shot will be recommended in India: ICMR-NIV chief

India will "definitely recommend" booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine in future, Dr. Priya Abraham said in an interview.

03 Aug 2021

Government of India
COVID-19 'still raging,' 8 states show rise in R-factor: Government

The coronavirus pandemic is "still raging" in the country, the Indian government warned on Tuesday, calling it a significant problem.

17 Jul 2021

Narendra Modi
PM has given target to stall third wave: Dr. Paul

The next 100-125 days are critical in the fight against COVID-19, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr. VK Paul said while informing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a target to stall COVID-19 third wave and it's possible.

10 Jul 2021

Government of India
Coronavirus: India reports over 42K fresh cases, 1,200+ deaths

India on Saturday added 42,766 new coronavirus cases, recorded over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 3,07,95,716.

10 Jul 2021

COVID-19 task force chief points to crowds, warns new surge

Dr. VK Paul, the chief of India's COVID-19 task force, has once again warned that the second wave of the pandemic is not over yet and infections can rise if protocols are ignored.

03 Jul 2021

Menstruating women denied COVID-19 jab at centers in Karnataka

Health workers at some vaccination centers in Karnataka have been asking menstruating women to take the COVID-19 shot once their cycle ends, The Times of India reported.

10 Jun 2021

When will the COVID-19 vaccine for children be ready?

India does not have a coronavirus vaccine for children as yet.

09 Jun 2021

Third wave more dangerous for children? Experts say no evidence

There is no scientific data available so far to prove that the coronavirus will infect children more severely in the future waves of COVID-19, Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director at AIIMS, Delhi, said on Tuesday.

01 Jun 2021

COVID-19: Amid third wave concerns, new guidelines for children soon

If the novel coronavirus changes its nature, the impact of the infection on children could worsen, NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul said today.

26 Apr 2021

COVID-19: Modi government ignored panel's advice to scale up oxygen

Ten days ago, the Empowered Group of Officers (EG-1), headed by NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul, had told authorities, including the Health Ministry, to take immediate steps to scale up the availability of medical oxygen, The Indian Express reported today.

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.

22 Jan 2021

Over 10 lakh inoculated, India's vaccination drive picks pace

After the first day of the massive coronavirus vaccination drive in India led to disappointing results — the target of inoculating three lakh healthcare workers wasn't met — the country picked pace and 10,43,534 people have now been given the first dose of either Covishield or COVAXIN, data from Health Ministry revealed.

21 Jan 2021

Coronavirus: PM Modi, CMs to get vaccinated in second phase

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 70, would be getting the coronavirus vaccine shot in the second phase of the drive launched last week, reports said on Thursday.

05 Jan 2021

NITI Aayog
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.

29 Dec 2020

Government assures vaccine will work against new COVID-19 strain

There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will not work against the new strain of the coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday.

27 Dec 2020

COVID-19 task force details plan to detect new coronavirus strain

The national task force on COVID-19 on Saturday discussed surveillance strategies for the newly-detected strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, which is believed to be more infectious.

23 Dec 2020

Coronavirus: 22 who returned to India from UK test positive

At least 22 people who returned to India from the United Kingdom in the past few days have tested positive for COVID-19.

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.

21 Dec 2020

Coronavirus vaccination may start in January, says Health Minister

India may begin vaccinating people against coronavirus in January, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday, giving hope to a country that has lost more than a lakh to the fatal disease.

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.

22 Nov 2020

NITI Aayog
Russia's Sputnik V to start human trials in India soon

Russia's COVID-19 vaccine candidate, called Sputnik V, is expected to start human trials in India soon.

20 Nov 2020

As coronavirus cases rise, Centre sends teams to four states

Even as India's coronavirus tally seems to be under control, some states are logging an alarming rise in infections, prompting the Centre to send teams there. On Thursday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare deployed teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Manipur to control the surge.

19 Nov 2020

Can deliver coronavirus vaccine in a few months: Health Minister

India's Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said today that deliveries of coronavirus vaccine will happen within a few months, adding that the country's scientists are way ahead in terms of research.

19 Nov 2020

Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi: 131 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, highest tally ever

A record 131 died in Delhi on Wednesday of coronavirus-linked complications, making yesterday's death tally the worst since the outbreak. A total of 7,943 have died so far.

18 Nov 2020

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine '95% effective'; to seek emergency US authorization

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German drugmaker BioNTech on Wednesday said their COVID-19 vaccine has been found 95% effective in final trials.

18 Nov 2020

India relying on five coronavirus vaccines to control pandemic

With heartening news of the coronavirus vaccine coming from different parts of the world, the Indian government is trying to understand which one would be the most feasible for the country.

13 Nov 2020

Coronavirus: Gurugram runs out of rapid antigen test kits

Already facing a surge of coronavirus cases, Gurugram on Thursday faced an unprecedented problem — the Haryana city ran out of rapid antigen test kits.

31 Oct 2020

Arvind Kejriwal
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.

04 Oct 2020

NITI Aayog
Coronavirus vaccine to reach 25 crore Indians by mid-2021: Government

The Indian government is planning to provide vaccines to roughly 25 crore people by July 2021, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday.

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.

16 Sep 2020

Russia News
Dr. Reddy's bringing coronavirus vaccine to India by 2020-end

In a major development, Hyderabad-based pharma company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories has partnered with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to source their Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for India.

21 Jul 2020

NITI Aayog
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.