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Precautions in place against new strain in Singapore: Hardeep Puri

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Rashi Bisaria | May 19, 2021

India watching Singapore COVID-19 situation; precautions in place against new strain: Hardeep Puri

Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Tuesday said the Centre is taking all precautions and keeping an eye on the situation in Singapore after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to it to cancel all flights with the city-state as a "very dangerous" coronavirus strain has been detected there.

US COVID-19 vaccines effective against B.1.617 variant found in India

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Vi launches COVID-specific plan for 60 million low-income customers

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Never exported vaccines at cost of people in India: Serum Institute

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Covaxin's Phase II & III clinical trials for 2-18 year olds to begin in 10-12 days

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin's Phase II/III clinical trials for the age group of 2 to 18 years will begin in 10 to 12 days. The national regulator Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had last week given its nod to Bharat Biotech in this matter. The trial will be conducted on 525 healthy volunteers.

COVID-19: Rs 50,000 ex-gratia for families with death in Delhi, free education for orphaned children

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced a slew of decisions to provide relief to families affected with COVID-19 in the national capital. Kejriwal said the Delhi government will provide Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to families who have lost any member due to the coronavirus. Besides, he also announced a monthly pension of Rs 2,500 for families who have lost their breadwinner due to COVID-19. Delhi government will provide free education to children who have lost their parents due to COVID-19.

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