COVID-19 Vaccine: News

10 Mar 2021

West Bengal

Elderly man dies after shot of COVID-19 vaccine in Bengal

A senior citizen in Dhupguri city in Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal died allegedly after being administered the Covishield vaccine, prompting his family members to lodge a police complaint, an official said on Tuesday.

COVID-19 vaccination: DGCA issues guidelines for pilots, cabin crew

Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued a series of guidelines on Tuesday to be followed by pilots and crew members after they get vaccinated against COVID-19.

WHO advises against using vaccine passports for international travel

A senior World Health Organization official said that so-called vaccine passports for COVID-19 should not be used for international travel because of numerous concerns, including ethical considerations that vaccines are not easily available globally.

07 Mar 2021


Saif Ali Khan faces online trolling after getting COVID-19 vaccine

Actor Saif Ali Khan recently became one of the first few people from the entertainment industry to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

22 Feb 2021


These tools can prevent COVID-19 surges without restricting movement

A combination of robust vaccination programs and strict physical distancing rules may be enough to prevent recurring peaks of COVID-19 without greatly restricting the mobility of people, according to a modeling study.

22 Feb 2021


Go for COVID-19 vaccine or forget quarantine leave: Punjab Minister

Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Sunday warned healthcare workers who did not get the COVID-19 vaccine shot of not allowing them quarantine leave if they get infected at a later stage.

20 Feb 2021


Three month gap between Oxford vaccine jabs provides better efficacy

A three-month interval between doses of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine results in higher vaccine efficacy compared to a six-week gap, according to a new study which says the first dose can offer up to 76 percent protection in the months between the two jabs.

15 Feb 2021

United Kingdom

UK hits 15 million COVID-19 vaccinations milestone

The UK on Sunday achieved what Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed as a significant milestone as 15 million people received their first of two jabs of COVID-19 vaccine under the UK vaccination drive.

13 Feb 2021

COVID-19 India

COVID-19 vaccination drive: Beneficiaries begin to get second dose

The vaccination drive against COVID-19 picked up the pace on Saturday as many beneficiaries who had received their first shots on day one of the exercise four weeks ago turned up to get their second dose.

COVID-19 vaccines: SC turns down plea regarding sale of fakes

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a plea seeking direction to the Centre for framing "strict" guidelines to prevent any chance of sale of fake coronavirus vaccines in India.

06 Feb 2021


Nepal to get 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China

China will provide 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal on a grant basis, officials in Katmandu said on Saturday. It will be the first batch of vaccine aid for the Himalayan nation from China.

06 Feb 2021

S Jaishankar

Twenty-five countries in queue for Made in India COVID-19 vaccine

India has so far supplied the COVID-19 vaccine to 15 countries and another 25 nations are in the queue at different levels for the jab, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday.

India fastest country to reach five million COVID-19 vaccination mark

India has become the fastest country in the world to reach the five million COVID-19 vaccination mark, reaching the milestone in just 21 days, the Union Health Ministry said as nearly 53 lakh beneficiaries were administered shots under the countrywide inoculation exercise till Friday evening.

03 Feb 2021


Russia's coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Mexico

Mexico approved the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V for use on Tuesday, just hours after the publication of early results of an advanced study saying it is about 91 percent effective.

29 Jan 2021

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine shows 66% strong efficacy

Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) much-awaited COVID-19 vaccine has reportedly exhibited strong protection against the virus.

29 Jan 2021

South Africa

Novavax vaccine seems effective against COVID-19 in UK study

Novavax Inc. said on Thursday that its COVID-19 vaccine appears 89 percent effective based on early findings from a British study.

28 Jan 2021


South Africa: COVID-19 vaccine to arrive on February 1

One million coronavirus vaccine doses will arrive from India in the country on February 1, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, South African Health Minister said on Wednesday.

27 Jan 2021


Sri Lanka to procure two to three million Covishield doses

Sri Lanka will purchase two to three million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, Covishield, from its Indian manufacturing company Serum Institute of India during the next two days, Lalith Weeratunga, the advisor to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said on Wednesday.

27 Jan 2021


US to purchase additional 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced the purchase of additional 200 million doses of coronavirus vaccines as the country reached 25 million COVID-19 infections.

26 Jan 2021


COVID-19 pandemic may take four to five years to end

It may take four to five years for the COVID-19 pandemic to end and the world to look to a post-COVID-19 normal, Singapore's Education Minister Lawrence Wong warned.

26 Jan 2021

Antonio Guterres

World faces 'existential threats,' fragilities: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that the world is not only facing a COVID-19 emergency and the worst economic crisis in nearly a century, but also existential threats to climate and biodiversity and the possibility of the world's largest economies, the US and China, splitting the world in two.

25 Jan 2021


Google's US office facilities will serve as COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced via a tweet on Monday that his organization will open its facilities in the US to serve as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites. Further, the tech giant has committed more than $150 million in free ads to promote vaccine education.

Ministry of Home Affairs tells states to check vaccine rumors

Amid the circulation of rumors surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines' efficacy, the Centre asked the States to check the spread of such misinformation and advised them to take penal action against those found guilty of dissemination of wrong news.

25 Jan 2021


Bangladesh receives first COVID-19 vaccine consignment from India

Bangladesh on Monday received the first consignment of the five million doses of Covishield vaccines from India under a procurement agreement, four days after New Delhi gifted two million doses of the vaccine to Dhaka.

24 Jan 2021


Smartwatches can catch COVID-19 a week before symptoms?

A study published by researchers from Mount Sinai in New York found the Apple Watch is capable of detecting COVID-19 in the wearer up to a week prior to clinical diagnosis.

23 Jan 2021


Pfizer to supply 40 million COVID-19 doses to poor countries

Pfizer on Friday committed to supplying up to 40 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine this year to a World Health Organization-backed effort to provide affordable shots to poor and middle-income countries.

21 Jan 2021


Arnold Schwarzenegger gets COVID-19 jab, mouths famous 'Terminator' dialogue

Arnold Schwarzenegger has proved his mettle on the silver screen and as California Governor.

UN chief welcomes the re-engagement of US with WHO

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the United States' re-engagement with the World Health Organization.

16 Jan 2021

United Nations (UN)

COVID-19 'vaccinationalism' is self-defeating; will delay global recovery: UN Chief

As the world crossed a "heart-wrenching milestone" of two million deaths from COVID-19, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lamented that the pandemic's deadly impact has worsened due to the absence of a global coordinated effort.

15 Jan 2021


Delhi: 81 sites identified for COVID-19 vaccination

Authorities on Thursday released a list of 81 sites that will be part of the immunization exercise. Covishield will be administered at 75 centers, while COVAXIN will be given at the remaining facilities.

14 Jan 2021


Depression, stress may reduce efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, scientists say

Depression, stress, and loneliness can weaken the body's immune system, and lower the effectiveness of certain vaccines, including the new COVID-19 preventives, scientists said.

09 Jan 2021

Madhya Pradesh

Days after participating in vaccine trial, man dies in Bhopal

A 42-year-old volunteer named Deepak Marawi, from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh died nearly ten days after he participated in the clinical trial for COVAXIN held at a private hospital, its vice-chancellor said on Saturday.

18 Dec 2020


FDA advisors recommend Emergency Use Authorization of Moderna vaccine

The US Food and Drug Administration's advisory panel, comprising external experts, has given an emergency use approval to Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, making it the second drug after Pfizer to receive such an authorization in less than a week.

Looking for COVID-19 vaccine update? Use this government portal

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge across different parts of India, everyone has just one question on their mind: When will a vaccine be available?

18 Aug 2020


Indian government starts talks to procure COVID-19 vaccine: Details here

Amid surging COVID-19 cases and questions over the peak for India, the government has started working towards procuring a vaccine.

17 Aug 2020

South Africa

Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine goes into mid-stage human trials: Details here

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to explode around the world, drug companies from different companies are racing to get a safe preventive vaccine ready.

05 Aug 2020

Zydus Cadila

Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 vaccine found safe, going into Phase-2 trial

Indian drug company Zydus Cadila has completed early-stage human trials with its indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine.

27 Jun 2020

Oxford University

Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine: All you need to know

Ever since COVID-19 started spreading, scientists have been racing to develop a vaccine and fight off the pandemic.

12 Jun 2020


Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to go into final-stage trials in July

Moderna Therapeutics has announced that its COVID-19 vaccine is set to go into the third and final stage of clinical human trials.

Remdesivir reportedly approved for COVID-19 treatment in India

Remdesivir has been approved by India's top drug regulator for "restricted emergency use" on COVID-19-infected adults and children.