The rising COVID cases and casualties are a cause of worry for all of us. Vaccines like Covaxin and Covishield have come as potential tools in our fight against COVID-19. But the problem is that the supply is not unlimited. In this second wave of COVID-19 government has allowed 18+ citizens to take vaccine doses. This has further put a burden on existing doses. A recent statement by Adar Poonawala has shown the criticality of the situation. He pointed towards the shortage of vaccine doses. Let’s look at his statement and what its implications are.
Statement by Adar Poonawala
Adar Poonawala is the chief of SII (Serum Institute of India), which is manufacturing Covishield vaccine doses for the country with the help of AstraZeneca and Oxford University. But he has recently stated that vaccine shortage is likely in India. He further said that the production of vaccine doses can be ramped up only after July. The estimates show that the capacity of production will rise from 70 million to 100 million in July.
Mr. Poonawalla also stated that it was not expected that the fury of the second wave would rise so much. He further brought attention to the fact that the authorities had not directed the Institute to make more than one billion doses in a year. Therefore it is unlikely that they will be able to increase vaccine dose production before July.
Implications of the statement:
- India is already grappled with the worst COVID scenario and in such times if vaccine doses fall short, the impact could be deadly.
- From May 1, all 18+ have been allowed to take vaccine doses but since the vaccine supply is limited there are chances that many will remain unvaccinated.
The Current COVID situation in India:
India holds the second position in terms of the number of COVID cases and deaths. The infections are constantly rising. Almost 3 lakh 68 thousand new cases have been reported in a single day. The country’s total COVID cases have reached an all-time high tally of 1.99 crores out of which 34.13 lakh are active cases. The death count is also grave because a total of 2.18 lakh people have lost their life.
Many have lost their loved ones and many are in constant fear to lose their loved ones. The situation is very critical and many states have also imposed mini lockdowns.
The statement by Adar Poonawalla clearly shows that the number of COVID cases has overpowered the doses. Since the vaccine doses are less and there are chances of getting infected even after vaccination, prevention is a must. Following COVID protocols, wearing masks, using sanitizers, and maintaining social distance is the need of the hour.
1st Cases In Andhra, Chandigarh; India’s Omicron Count Now 38: 10 Points
Omicron cases are increasing and there are cases of Covid-19 variant in Delhi, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
There are fresh Omicron patients risen to 38 as 1 each in Chandigarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
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There was the first case in Nagpur, Maharashtra. A 40-year-old man came back from South Africa via Delhi. He was tested positive at the airport on December 6.There was the 18th case of omicron on December 11 and 12.In Kerala’s Ernakulam, a patient returned from the UK via Abu Dhabi and tested positive for Omicron. Till then, he was home quarantined and his family members and other passengers were home quarantined. A 20-year-old who came from Italy tested positive. A man who returned from Ireland to Andhra Pradesh was tested positive for Omicron. Maharashtra has the maximum number of cases.The ICMR unit in Assam has developed a new testing kit to detect Omicron in two hours.The WHO warned the nations of the Asia Pacific region to boost healthcare capacity and full vaccinate their people.
The Omicron strain is considered to be highly transmissible and it has spread to almost 59 nations.
India’s Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021
Harnaaz Sandhu, a 21 year old from India, represented India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021 which was held at Eilat, Israel.
In 2000, Lara Dutta won the title of Miss Universe.
She was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, the former Miss Universe of 2020 from Mexico which was live-streamed all across the world.
The first runner up was from Paraguay and second runner up was from South Africa.
About the Miss Universe event
In the top three rounds, the contestants were asked what advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?
Harnaaz Sandhu answered this question amazingly. She said the biggest pressure the youth of today is facing, is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. Come out and speak for yourself, because you’re the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that is why I am standing here today.
Her powerful answer made the beauty top 3 of calling for less talk and more action.
Farmer union to meet the government to decide on further movement
The proposal from the government which addresses the pending issues has been accepted by farmer unions and the farmer union will be meeting the government on Thursday (9th December 2021) at noon.
Farmer union to meet the government and decide further movement
The farmer union, SKM (Samyukta Kisan Morcha) accepted the government proposal which addresses the pending issues of farmers.
It was on Tuesday (7th December 2021) when the central government sent the draft to the farmer union which is a five-member committee. Sources have indicated that once the final draft of the proposal agreed by both the parties is received by the union, the farmers’ protest which started on 26 November 2020 will end.
The issues listed in the draft were Surety on Minimum Support Price, withdrawal of the draft Electricity Amendments Bill, 2020/2021, withdrawal of criminal cases against the farmers, and also compensation for the families of farmers who died during the protest.
The SKM said that they will be meeting the government at Singhu Border on Thursday at noon to come up with a formal decision and later end the protest.