Tag: Coronavirus

Germany, France, Italy and Spain join countries suspending AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

BERLIN :A cascading number of European countries — including Germany, France, Italy and Spain — suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients, though the company and international regulators say there is no evidence the shot is to blame. Pune-based drugmaker Serum Institute of India partnered with […]

‘In public interest’: Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin recommended for emergency approval

NEW DELHI: The government of India on Saturday said that the expert panel of India’s drug regulator has recommended granting permission for restricted emergency use of the indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’ in “public interest as an abundant precaution.” The Subject Expert Committee of Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation had met on January 1 and […]

North Korea toughens rules of entry to sea to fight coronavirus

By HYUNG-JIN KIM SEOUL: North Korea is further toughening restrictions on entering seawaters as part of elevated steps to fight the coronavirus pandemic, state media said Sunday, two days after South Korea said the North had banned sea fishing. The Korean Central News Agency reported the country is mobilizing more anti-virus units and establishing strong […]

Covid-19 pandemic: India rejects lockdown possibilities, issues 19 Standard Operating Procedure

NEW DELHI: In the wake of ongoing Covid-19 cases in India, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued a 19-point Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) giving nod to states and UTs to impose local restrictions if necessary. The SOPs, part of a month-long guidelines issued by the MHA, will be effective from December 1 […]

Q&A: Where are we in the COVID-19 vaccine race?

NEW DELHI: Drug makers and research centres around the world are working on COVID-19 vaccines, with large global trials of several of the candidates involving tens of thousands of participants well underway. The following is what we know about the race to deliver vaccines to help end the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than […]

Moderna to charge $25-$37 per dose for its COVID-19 vaccine

FRANKFRUT: Moderna will charge governments between $25 and $37 per dose of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, depending on the amount ordered, Chief Executive Stephane Bancel told German weekly Welt am Sonntag (WamS). “Our vaccine therefore costs about the same as a flu shot, which is between $10 and $50,” he was quoted as saying. On […]

EPFO adds 10.06 lakh net subscribers in August 2020

NEW DELHI:The provisional payroll data published by Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on 20th October 2020 reveals that the subscriber base of EPFO increased by around 20 lakh during the first five months of FY21. Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown across the country had adversely affected the enrolments during the first quarter of the current […]

Air India facing a very challenging financial situation: Hardeep Puri

NEW DELHI: India’s Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri has called Air India’s leave without pay (LWP) scheme a “win-win for employees and management”, and pointed out that Air India has not laid off a single employee even as international and domestic carriers have resorted to cost cutting through layoffs. In a letter to Rajya Sabha […]

Common man’s Diwali in government’s hands:Supreme Court on loan moratorium

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday told the Narendra Modi government (Centre) that the common man’s Diwali is in the government’s hands, as it sought implementation of the decision to waive interest-on-interest for loans up to Rs 2 crore for eight categories. The top court gave time till November 2 to the Centre to […]

Unmarried men at higher death risk from coronavirus: Study

LONDON: Being a man, having a lower income, a lower level of education, not being married, and being born in low-or middle-income countries — these are factors that relate to an elevated risk of dying from Covid-19, warn researchers. “We can show that there are independent effects of various separate risk factors that have been […]

India’s GDP expected to contract by 9.6 per cent this fiscal: World Bank

By Lalit K Jha NEW DELHI: The World Bank on Thursday said that India’s GDP is expected to contract by 9.6 per cent this fiscal which is reflective of the national lockdown and the income shock experienced by households and firms due to the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the country’s economic situation is much worse […]

Key pact inked to allow Swiss developer to begin work on Jewar airport project

NOIDA: The Noida International Airport Limited (NIAL) and Zurich Airport International AG on Wednesday signed a key agreement that would allow the Swiss developer to begin work at the site of the upcoming Jewar airport near Delhi, officials said. The ”concession agreement” for the Greenfield airport, estimated to cost Rs 29,560 crore, was inked between […]

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