Centre to pay for first 3 crore vaccines, not states

COVID-19 herd immunity unlikely in 2021 despite mass vaccinations: WHO

The World Health Organization's chief scientist warned that even as numerous countries start rolling out vaccination programs to stop Covid-19, herd immunity is highly unlikely this year. At a media briefing on Monday, Dr Soumya Swaminathan said it was critical countries and their populations maintain strict social distancing and other outbreak control measures for the foreseeable future.

Bird flu outbreak confirmed in 10 states

The Centre has confirmed the outbreak of avian flu in 10 states of the country.Delhi, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand became the latest on Monday to confirm the spread of the dreaded avian flu. States have been asked to build awareness among the public and avoid the spread of misinformation.

Facebook to pull down content with 'stop the steal' phrase

Facebook Inc said on Monday it was treating the next two weeks as a "major civic event" and would remove certain content containing the phrase "stop the steal" from its social media platforms. In November, Facebook removed the "Stop the Steal" group in which supporters of US President Donald Trump posted violent rhetoric and false claims of election fraud.

Centre to pay for first 3 crore vaccines, not states

The cost of vaccinating healthcare workers and frontline workers against coronavirus will be born by the central government. Centre will pay for the first 3 crore COVID-19 vaccines administered in the country at the beginning of the vaccination drive, announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. India is set to kick off its vaccination drive against COVID-19 from January 16.

Covishield to cost Rs 200 a vial; Serum Institute receives purchase order from government

The government has placed an order for Oxford-AstraZeneca's vaccine against COVID-19 manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII) as the nationwide immunisation drive is set to rollout from January 16. The vaccine will cost Rs 200 a vial in the country. Earlier reports had claimed that the Centre was negotiating a lower price for the Covishield vaccine. But SII sources have clarified that prices were always fixed.

Engineering exporters' body seeks govt intervention to control steel prices

Engineering exporters' body EEPC India on Monday sought urgent government intervention to stem the runaway rise in steel prices, a key raw material for manufacturing. "With a whopping 55 per cent rise in prices of steel, the mother raw material for manufacturing, the path to Atmanirbhar Bharat has become very tough and arduous," EEPC India said, seeking urgent intervention of the government on the issue.