Covid live updates: India administers 490m vaccine doses as Delta variant spreads to 135 countries


<p>People wait for the arrival of Covid-19 vaccine doses at a centre in India’s Mumbai city on 12 July, 2021</p>

People wait for the arrival of Covid-19 vaccine doses at a centre in India’s Mumbai city on 12 July, 2021

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India’s health ministry says that the county’s vaccination coverage has crossed 490 million since the rollout began earlier this year.

Around 60 per cent of the doses administered have been in rural areas in India, the government said, with even as numbers of new infections continue to appear in the tens of thousands every day outside the country’s major cities.

The World Health Organisation has said that the Delta variant has now been reported in 135 countries across the world. It noted that more than four million new cases were reported across the world last week between 26 July to 1 August.

In other Covid-related news, a new study in the UK has revealed that people who are fully vaccinated are three times less likely to get infected with the coronavirus.

Beijing has, meanwhile, promised that it will send 2 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to other countries in 2021. Xi Jinping also said that China will donate US$100 million to the Covax global vaccine distribution programme for developing countries.

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China promises 2 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to other countries in 2021

Beijing has promised that it will send 2 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to other countries in 2021.

Xi Jinping also said that China will donate US$100 million to the Covax global vaccine distribution programme for developing countries.

Mr Xi said in a written message to an international Covid-19 vaccine cooperation forum: “China will continue to do our best to help developing countries cope with the pandemic.”

In May this year, Mr Xi had said during a Global Health Summit that China provided 300 million doses of vaccines to more than 80 countries and US$2 billion in aid to developing countries.

The World Health Organisation, given the widening gap between inoculation rates in wealthy and poor countries, also put a moratorium on booster shots till September.

Maroosha Muzaffar6 August 2021 06:44

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Fully vaccinated people are three times less likely to get Covid infection, study reveals

A new study in the UK has revealed that people who are fully vaccinated are three times less likely to get infected with the coronavirus.

The Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT-1) study — one of the UK’s largest studies into Covid-19 infections — revealed that “infections in England have increased four-fold from 0.15 per cent to 0.63 per cent since the last REACT-1 report (from 20 May to 7 June).

However, it noted that there was a slowdown in infections since 12 July.

The study also suggests that fully vaccinated people are “less likely to pass on the virus to others.”

UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our vaccination rollout is building a wall of defence that means we can carefully ease restrictions and get back to the things we love, but we need to be cautious as we learn to live with this virus.”

He added: “I urge anyone who has yet to receive a vaccine to get jabbed and take up both doses. The vaccines are safe and they are working.”

Maroosha Muzaffar6 August 2021 06:24

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Delta variant now present in 135 countries: WHO

The World Health Organisation has said that the Delta variant has now been reported in 135 countries across the world.

It noted that more than four million new cases were reported across the world last week between 26 July to 1 August.

Delta variant — first detected in India — has since emerged as a dominant strain of coronavirus infections across the world.

As per Johns Hopkins University data, the global number of infections passed 200 million on Thursday.

In the US alone, the daily caseload of infections hit a six-month high with more than 100,000 infections reported on Wednesday.

Top infectious diseases expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, has warned that the number of cases could reach 200,000 in a day in the coming week.

Maroosha Muzaffar6 August 2021 06:01

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Rural India got 60% of all vaccine doses

A top government source has revealed that 60 per cent of all vaccine doses administered overall have been in rural areas in the country.

NK Arora, chairman of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has revealed that on 3 August alone, 4.63 million doses were administered in rural areas, compared to the 1.92 million in urban centres.

This is significant as there were fears concerning the “low” vaccination numbers in rural areas in the country.

Mr Arora said that those fears are unwarranted as rural areas, clearly, seem to be doing very well when it comes to the vaccination numbers.

So far, 490 million vaccine doses have been administered in India. But only about 10 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.

Maroosha Muzaffar6 August 2021 05:48

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India’s vaccination coverage crosses milestone of 490 mn

The union health ministry announced that India’s vaccination coverage has crossed the milestone of 490 million since the rollout began earlier this year.

Health ministry data revealed that more than 5 million vaccine doses were administered across the country on Thursday.

The Indian government had promised that the eligible population would be fully vaccinated by the end of this year. However, some experts have cast some doubts over this prediction.

Many believe India would be fully vaccinated by the end of 2022.

The health ministry data said that overall 16,92,68,754 people in the 18-44 age group have received the first dose of their vaccine and 1,07,72,537 have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

Meanwhile, Kerala in south India continued to report 50 or more per cent of the total cases in India.

Maroosha Muzaffar6 August 2021 05:28

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live blog on the coronavirus pandemic for Friday 6 August 2021.

Maroosha Muzaffar6 August 2021 04:55



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