Uttarakhand Announces Covid Vaccination For Journalists Of All Ages

Moderna gets nod to speed up virus vaccine output with bigger vials

The government had announced last month that it would place all regions into the strictest "red zone" lockdown over the Easter weekend to limit the chances of contagion, taking the same precautions it enforced over Christmas and New Year's.

Travel between regions and visits to relatives have been limited through to Monday with non-essential shops closed and restaurants and bars only open for takeaway.

"People are exhausted, but they are aware that protecting health is essential in these times", said Maj.

With rising cases and several states even lifting mask mandates and with more infectious variants also spreading, health authorities are hoping that the contracts it struck with the now approved vaccine makers will be enough for its entire population.

Italy, where Europe's outbreak began, has recorded more than 110,000 COVID-19 dead, more than any other European country but Britain.

Another 21,000 infections were reported in the country on Saturday in Italy, along with 376 new deaths.

Case rates are beginning to head down, however, with the Health Ministry reporting on Friday "slightly diminished" figures for the second week in a row.

The Centre on Saturday directed the states and UTs that no fresh registrations of healthcare and frontline workers will be allowed since some ineligible beneficiaries were getting their names enlisted for vaccination against COVID-19, under this category, in violation of rules. Amid the sharp uptick in the Covid-19 cases in Ludhiana, the district administration on March 26, 2021, had launched a unique initiative "Vaccine at Doorsteps" to inoculate a larger population in a short period to break the transmission chain of virus. "We'll note them, and then we'll fix them together".

Lombardy's embattled regional governor, Attilio Fontana, acknowledged "some difficulties" but insisted that they hadn't affected the overall vaccination campaign.

Of the 36,71,242 vaccine doses, 33,65,597 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 51,215 sessions for the first dose and 3,05,645 beneficiaries received the second dose of vaccine, the Health ministry said in a statement. In the first phase, healthcare workers were administered the vaccine. "Uttarakhand should become a state with 100 per cent vaccination", the Chief Minister said.

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