Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: Kerala government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, stating that the decision for relaxation has been taken to alleviate the suffering of traders as they had stocked goods before Eid. State told SC that only limited relaxations have been given and authorities have been vaccinating aggressively and all Covid 19 protocols are followed in the markets.
World Health Organisation (WHO) officials had a meeting with the Hyderabad-based vaccine maker Bharat Biotech and its dossier for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) of Covaxin is under review by technical experts for consideration, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia said. The United States has improved the travel advisory for India, lowering it from the highest Level 4, which meant no travel, to Level 3, which urges citizens to reconsider travel amid pandemic.
The WHO Regional Director said: “Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, Sinovac and Sinopharm have been granted EUL by the WHO. For COVXIN, an expression of interest for EUL has been made to WHO by Bharat Biotech. WHO has already conducted a pre-submission meeting with the company following which a dossier has been submitted by Bharat Biotech to WHO in early July. The dossier is currently under review by the technical experts for consideration of EUL.”
Amid vaccine shortage, India has been offered 7.5 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX global vaccine sharing programme, but it is not clear when the jabs will arrive in the country as a consensus on the indemnity clause is yet to be reached, sources said.
The government last week said that it is working actively with vaccine manufacturer Moderna to see how its vaccine can be made available in the country. Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorisation by India’s drug regulator last month. “India has been offered 7.5 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX global vaccine sharing programme,” a source told news agency PTI.
Five districts of Assam will continue to be under total lockdown owing to their high COVID-19 positivity rate while the movement of people to and from other districts across the state will remain suspended, state Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said. Ahead of Eid-al-Adha large crowds gathered in Lucknow, flouting the Covid-19 protocol as most vendors and customers were seen without wearing masks.
The five districts in Assam where lockdown will continue include Jorhat, Golaghat, Sonitpur, Biswanath, and Lakhimpur – along with two others, were declared as total containment zones on July 7 for showing a high Covid-19 positivity rate.
The West Bengal state government on Monday told the civil aviation ministry that all passengers flying to Bengal, on both commercial and non-commercial flights, will have to produce either a certificate that shows they are fully vaccinated or a COVID-19 negative (RT-PCR) test report. The decision will be implemented with immediate effect, West Bengal Home Secretary BP Gopalika wrote to Civil Aviation secretary PS Kharola.
Passengers need to produce proof of their full vaccination or a COVID-19 negative test report at the time of boarding.
Meanwhile, in Britain, as Delta virus cases continue to rise, the country’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance has said that 60 per cent of Covid hospital admissions are unvaccinated.