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Mumbai's Haffkine Institute bags approval to produce COVAXIN, ensuring steady supply of COVID shots

Maharashtra Government-owned Haffkine Institute in Mumbai gets a 12-month lease to produce Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN.

In a major step to ramp up vaccine production amid the COVID-19 second wave, the Centre has approved the production of coronavirus vaccines at the Maharashtra government-owned Haffkine Institute in Mumbai. This will effectively augment a stronger defence against the deadly coronavirus, assuring a steady supply of COVID shots to foster a better immunogenic response in Mumbai and other critically affected regions.


Mumbai boosts vaccine defence against COVID rise

After repeated requests, Maharashtra has finally received the Union's formal nod to produce the COVID-19 vaccine domestically. The approval came late on Thursday night, which now enables Haffkine Institute to produce Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN for one year, under a technology transfer agreement.

As per claims, Haffkine Institute has the capacity to produce 22-crore doses annually, which would immensely help the country's ongoing vaccination drive, flooded with complaints of vaccine shortages. Simultaneously, it will also help the state to achieve its target to immunise 6 to 7 lakh people against the coronavirus.

The Health Minister also informed that Maharashtra needs 40 to 45 lakh vaccine vials every week to attain the said goal. A widespread vaccination drive will notably help to curb the COVID-19 cases and nip its growth, he added.

BMC ensures a seamless supply of oxygen

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, on Thursday, stated that it has appointed 6 officers as oxygen coordinators in Mumbai. This move will ensure the seamless supply of medical oxygen for the treatment of critical coronavirus patients. In another significant step towards COVID management, the civic body has stated that it will add up to 2,000 more hospital beds to shoulder the active caseload here.

As yet, this count stands at 84,753 cases with the addition of 8,209 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. The data records of the Health Department noted a boosted recovery count on Thursday, marked at 10,021. About 4,55,293 patients have recovered from the COVID clutches in Mumbai so far. Meanwhile, 50 deaths have pushed the count of fatalities to 12,197; the highest across Maharashtra.

With mercury dipping to 4.5°C, Lucknow turns colder than Shimla & Dehradun!

As per the forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department, the cold spell, possibly accompanied by thundershowers is set to continue for the next two days in Lucknow

With the intensifying winter chills in Lucknow, the city marked temperatures lower than hill stations like Dehradun and Shimla on Tuesday. The maximum temperature of the city was marked at 12.2°C, which was around 3 degrees lower than that in these hill stations. As per the forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department, the cold spell, possibly accompanied by thundershowers is set to continue for the next two days as well.

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Finals of Syed Modi International 2022 to take place in Lucknow on January 23

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The finale of the ongoing Syed Modi International 2022 is scheduled to take place on January 23 at the Babu Banarasi Das Stadium in Lucknow. Notably, this international level badminton competition was started on 18 January. After registering a win on Wednesday, Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu and the Indian Open finalist Supanida Katethong from Thailand are set to clash in the quarter-finals. Read on to know more about the badminton tournament that is taking place in Lucknow.

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An inspiration for all, THIS 77-year-old 'student' from Rajasthan enrolls for 12 board exams!

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UP Elections 2022: Postal ballot facility to be rolled out for elderlies & COVID patients

Postal ballot box will be provided at homes to ensure that senior citizens, COVID-19 patients and the physically challenged persons are able to cast their votes in with ease

Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission has launched a postal ballot facility to ease matters for citizens. Amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases, the EC stressed that their first and foremost objective is a 'COVID safe election'. The postal ballot box will be provided at homes to ensure that senior citizens, COVID-19 patients and physically challenged persons are able to cast their votes in with ease while ensuring that no citizen of India is deprived of their universal adult franchise.

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3,517 new cases reported in Lucknow on Wednesday

Nearing the 1-lakh mark, the active caseload in Uttar Pradesh has reached a total of 98,238 cases, as of January 19

With 3,517 new cases reported on Wednesday, the surge in COVID cases continues in Lucknow. This has brought up the total number of active cases in the city to 16,943. According to the daily health bulletin released by the administration, one casualty related to coronavirus was also marked in the city on January 19. Read more to know about the current status of coronavirus in Lucknow and other districts of Uttar Pradesh.

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With the completion of track laying work on the Metro Line 2A and Metro Line 7, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is all set to start its commercial run for the public of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region soon. While MMRDA has completed the work on Phase 1(Dahanukarwadi and Aarey) of this project, the nodal agency awaits the clearance certificate from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) now.

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SGPGI in Lucknow issues fresh guidelines for consultations in OPD & IPD admissions

Apart from the RT-PCR, a negative TrueNat test report of COVID will also be accepted at the time of entry in PGI

In view of the rising COVID cases in the city, the administration of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences has issued new guidelines for admission in the Outpatient Department(OPD) and Inpatient Department (IPD). As per the new rules, a negative COVID test report is mandatory for those intending to get appointments for consultations with doctors or admission in IPD. Read on to know more about the fresh guidelines now applicable at SGPGI in Lucknow.

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