Around 18 lakh people in West Bengal have not turned up in time for the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, owing to a number of reasons - contracting the virus after the first shot, death or migration to other states for work - according to a recent survey conducted by the health department.
Earlier this month, the UK announced that Indians, fully vaccinated with Covishield vaccine, will no longer require to undergo quarantine on their arrival in Britain from October 11.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the feat as 'a journey from anxiety to assurance' that has made India stronger.
The British government is yet to officially respond to India’s plans to impose quarantine restrictions on vaccinated British travellers from Monday, in a retaliatory move against India not being recognised on a list of 18 vaccine-eligible countries.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's office said the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has advised that Coronavac (Sinovac) and Covishield should be considered as 'recognised vaccines' for international travellers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking at Global COVID Summit in the US addressed the vaccine certificate recognition issue as Indians are facing quarantine upon arrival in the UK despite the inclusion of Covishield.
The districts- Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur- are facing the shortage and only 1.4 lakh doses are remaining in the state's reserve, she Kerala Health Minister Veena George
The Pune-based SII has already supplied 12 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in August, they said.
Activist Raman Sharma had filed a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, seeking to know from the government the number of people who had received the first dose of vaccines, but did not take the second within the stipulated time period.
It has been communicated to the state that these doses should be administered at private hospitals only.
India's drug regulator has given permission to the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore to conduct a study on mixing two Covid-19 vaccines, Covaxin and Covishield.
The study involved 98 people, 18 of whom had inadvertently received Covishield as first dose and Covaxin as the second in Uttar Pradesh.
The Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology has launched 'Mission COVID Suraksha- the Indian COVID-19 Vaccine Development Mission'.
Over 76.40 lakh doses of Covishield and 24,27,311 doses of Covaxin have been administered in the national capital as of Sunday.
Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti districts have already achieved 100 percent mark in vaccination.
Santosh K More has raised the issue in a tweet tagging PM Modi and Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla
While Covishield has an emergency use listing from the WHO, it is yet to receive a similar approval from the European Union.
As of Saturday evening, Delhi was left with 2.3 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses
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