#Corona vaccine

India has administered more than 130 million vaccine doses and is running the world's biggest vaccination drive. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • The number of COVID jabs administered crossed the one billion mark across the globe on Sunday
  • Though, vaccine drives are running in high speed, there are questions about how long will it provide protection from the virus
  • Researchers are studying about when do individuals become vulnerable to the virus after the second shot

Serum Institute of India is producing Covishield vaccine and will now be able to sell it in open market after Indian government's directive on Monday. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • Serum Institute of India announced the Covishield vaccine price at Rs 400 for states and Rs 600 for private hospitals
  • However, SII sells the vaccine to central government for Rs 150
  • Twitter flooded with reactions after the pricing was announced

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
At Instagram, a Facebook-owned company, the accounts of people discouraging the COVID-19 vaccinations will be difficult to find using automated search tools. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • The move involves banning organisations that repeatedly spread misinformation about the virus and vaccines.
  • With the support of the WHO, a list of debunked statements not welcomed on Facebook has been updated
  • Survey was planned to gain insights from people about the symptoms of COVID-19, wearing a mask, and access to healthcare.

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
People who have recovered from the novel coronavirus infection may need only one shot as opposed to the recommended two jabs. (Photo Credits: Representational Image/ Unsplash)

  • One dose of mRNA vaccine elicits very rapid immune responses in individuals
  • MRNA vaccines use segments of the genetic material to enable human cells to make proteins
  • Eleanor Riley, professor of Immunology, said the findings are "very reassuring"

.Moscow, Russia
Critics of the Kremlin have called the vaccination drive a geopolitical push.( Photo Credit: AP / PTI)

  • The development of Sputnik V was financed by Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)
  • No other details about the distribution of the vaccine has been given out except the figure
  • Consultations with WHO for the use of Sputnik in case of emergencies will start from January 20

.Gaza Strip
Israel has already injected more than a million of its own citizens. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • The NGO has said that Israel is obligated to provide the West Bank and Gaza Strip access to vaccine
  • The Palestinian Authority is banking on United Nations-backed COVAX programme
  • Israel has already vaccinated more than a million of its own citizens

While the US, Britain and Israel have already started vaccines to their citizens, EU countries have been lagging behind far(Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • Vaccination programmes have gotten off to a slow start 
  • The primary concern is production capacity 
  • EU has sealed six vaccine contracts 

.Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Brazil signs MOU with Indian firm to purchase Covaxin.(Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • Covaxin vaccine is in the final stage of clinical trials
  • Brazil has negotiated with Bharat Biotech to buy 5 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine
  • Any final deal would be subject to approval by Brazil's health regulator, Anvisa

The gatherings and private parties of the December holiday season have fed a dramatic rise in cases (Picture Credit: Unsplash/representative)

  • Lebanon recorded 2385 cases on Friday 
  • The private hospitals receiving COVID-19 patients are now almost full
  • Lebanon is expected to receive vaccines by February 

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain asserted that the city government has made preparations for the vaccination drive (Picture Credit: PTI)

  • 1000 vaccine centres will be set up across the city 
  • Vaccination centres will either be hospitals or facilities linked to hospitals 
  • preparations to vaccinate one lakh people in a day