VK Paul: News

20 Dec 2023

Mansukh Mandaviya

India witnesses COVID-19 surge, health minister calls for mock drills

India on Wednesday witnessed a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, with 614 new cases reported in the last 24 hours—reportedly the highest daily tally since May 21. This increase is attributed to the coronavirus sub-variant JN.1.

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.

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.

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.

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 India

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.

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

United Kingdom

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.

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.

22 May 2020


Lockdown prevented 20 lakh COVID-19 cases, 54,000 deaths: Government

India has managed to avert an estimated 20 lakh cases of COVID-19 and saved 54,000 lives due to the nationwide lockdown, the government said on Friday. The government said that the lockdown was timely, proactive, and pre-emptive.