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Govt approves emergency use of Corbevax, Covovax vaccines & anti-viral pill Molnupiravir

On Tuesday, the central government announced that it has approved the emergency use of two more COVID-19 vaccines - Corbevax and Covovax- and the new anti-viral pill, Molnupiravir, in the fight against COVID-19. The approval was granted by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), and the announcement came through the Health Minister's Twitter account.

This brings the total number of approved vaccines in the country up to 8. Previously, Serum Institute's Covishield, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, ZyduCadila's ZyCoV-D, Russia's Sputnik V and the US-made Moderna and Johnson and Johnson had received emergency use authorisation.

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Over 10-crore beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh are partially vaccinated now!

The UP government has administered more than 13 crore doses of vaccine against the coronavirus. Reportedly, around 68% of the entire eligible population of the state has received the first jab while about 24% of beneficiaries have been vaccinated completely.

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Students below the age of 18 allowed to travel in Mumbai local trains

Ushering in relief for students, the Government of Maharashtra has decided to let students under the age of 18 avail of various services in the state. As per the order issued on Thursday, students that are not eligible for vaccination will now be allowed to travel on the local trains. Apart from this, access to other facilities like entry into malls, multiplexes, temples (in certain districts), auditoriums, restaurants and wedding halls have also been granted to those who cannot take the COVID-19 vaccine yet.

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'Made in India' Covaxin gets emergency use approval for children aged 2-18 years

In a notable moment for India's vaccination program, Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN has received emergency use approval for being administered to children. As per reports, the Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19 has sanctioned the use of Covaxin for kids aged between 2-18. The current decision was taken after extensive deliberations, wherein the authorities studied the various parameters related to trials and vaccine usage.
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India creates a new world record with over 2.5 crore vaccinations in a single day on Friday!

Continuing its fight against coronavirus, India has achieved a new milestone, with the highest number of COVID-19 vaccines given in a single day, on Friday. Under the ambit of the 'Vaccine Sewa' campaign, the country has set a new world record with more than 2.50 crore vaccine doses administered in a single day. As per logs, over 79 crore doses have been administered in India, to date. While more than 59 crore beneficiaries have received their first shot, over 19 crore citizens have received both doses.

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