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Delhi govt to bear expenses of children orphaned by pandemic: Kejriwal

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Shailendra Shukla | May 15, 2021

Extension of gap between Covishield doses 'reasonable approach', says Dr Fauci

Amid the furore over the extension of the gap between two doses of Covishield, White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said that it is a 'reasonable approach'. He said that if one is in a situation that India finds itself in currently, then one would have to try and figure out other ways to get as many as possible vaccinated. The comments come after the government announced on Thursday that the gap between two doses of Covishield has been increased to 12-16 weeks from the current 6-8 weeks. Dr Fauci said that this 'extended interval' is beneficial even from the efficacy standpoint amid criticism that the extension is a cover-up for vaccine shortage.

Delhi govt to bear expenses of children orphaned by COVID-19 pandemic: Arvind Kejriwal

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the Delhi government will extend financial help to families which have lost their earning members to the coronavirus and also bear the cost of education and upbringing of children orphaned by the pandemic. He also said the number of fresh COVID-19 cases has come down to around 8,500 and the positivity rate has dipped to around 12 per cent. But the fight against the coronavirus has not ended and there is no room for leniency, the chief minister said in an online press conference.

GoAir rebranded as Go First ahead of IPO debut; promises attractive fares, luxury for passengers

Wadia Group-backed GoAir has been rebranded as 'Go First' as the airline is betting big on its ultra-low-cost business model to tide over the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline is also preparing to go for an initial public offering (IPO) to raise funds for its expansion plans. Go Air is the third Indian carrier to be listed on the bourses after SpiceJet and IndiGo. The airline, which was launched in 2005, has a market share of more than 9.5 per cent in India currently. The Go First as ULCC (ultra-low-cost carrier) would operate narrow-body aircraft type across its fleet, which comprises Airbus A320 and A320 Neos (new engine option) planes in operation.

UP to spend $1.36 billion on COVID-19 vaccines amid shortage

The UP government will spend up to $1.36 billion to buy COVID-19 shots and held early talks this week with companies such as Pfizer and the local partner of the maker of Russia's Sputnik V, a state official said on Thursday. The move comes as many Indian states curtail vaccinations due to severe shortages amid a record surge in coronavirus infections, with India recording more than 4,000 deaths for a second straight day as its health system fails to cope. The state government has also held pre-bid talks with Indian vaccine companies the Serum Institute of India (SII) - licensed to make the AstraZeneca and Novavax shots - Bharat Biotech and Cadila Healthcare as part of a global tender to buy 40 million doses over the next few months.

Delay in getting 2nd shot of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine produces more antibodies: UK study

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine generates antibody responses three-and-a-half times larger in older people when a second dose is delayed to 12 weeks after the first, a British study said. The study released on Friday is the first to directly compare immune responses of the Pfizer shot from the three-week dosing interval tested in clinical trials, and the extended 12-week interval that British officials recommend in order to give more vulnerable people at least some protection quickly. After Britain moved to extend the interval between doses, Pfizer and vaccine partner BioNTech said there was no data to back up the move. However, Pfizer has said that public health considerations outside of the clinical trials might be taken into consideration.

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