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Kejriwal writes to Union Health Minister, seeks uniform price for vaccine

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Rashi Bisaria | May 10, 2021

COVID-19: Kejriwal writes to Union Health Minister, seeks uniform price for vaccine

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan seeking uniform price for COVID-19 vaccines supplied to Centre, state governments and private sector, and permission for states to develop their own app or other mechanisms for carrying out vaccination. Delhi has administered 38.97 lakh doses to health workers, frontline workers and those above 45 years of age till May 8, while about 2.99 lakh doses have been administered to 18-44 age groups.

COVID-19: Maruti Suzuki extends production shutdown till May 16

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Emirates to fly medical aid to India for free

Emirates airline said on Sunday it will fly medical supplies from Dubai to nine cities in India free of charge from this week to help battle a devastating upsurge in the coronavirus. Earlier this month, Qatar Airways also airlifted 300 tonnes of aid free of charge from Doha to India.

India 'squandered' its early successes in tackling COVID-19; PM Modi's actions 'inexcusable': Lancet report

Medical journal Lancet has lashed out at the Indian government for mishandling of the coronavirus crisis. India "squandered" its early successes in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and the government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi could preside over "a self-inflicted national catastrophe" if the projections of 1 million fatalities from COVID-19 by August turn out to be true, it said. The widely respected publication stated that the success of the country in overcoming the COVID crisis will hinge upon PM Modi's administration "owning up to its mistakes".

FPIs pull out Rs 5,936 cr from equities in May amid raging 2nd COVID-19 wave

Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) withdrew Rs 5,936 crore from the Indian stocks in the first week of May in the wake of worries over the massive second wave of COVID-19 and its repercussions on the economy. Overseas investors pulled out Rs 9,659 crore in the month of April after putting in money in the preceding six months.

COVID-19: GST on vaccines in interest of manufacturers and citizens, says FM Sitharaman

Responding to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said the Centre has already granted exemptions from all duties for COVID-19 related supplies, and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on vaccines is in the interest of manufacturers and citizens. Banerjee requested the prime minister to waive  all forms of taxes and customs duty on equipment and drugs being used to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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