#vaccinations

.Christchurch, New Zealand
PM Jacinda Ardern said that the country's pre-purchased orders of Pfizer would be sufficient until the end of 2021. (Crédit photo : PTI)

  • New Zealand's medicine regulator Medsafe approved Pfizer for the age group of 12-15 years
  • Ardern expects its approval from the Cabinet in the following week
  • 12-15-year-olds account to just over 5% of the country's population

.Cuba, MO, USA
Cuba has a long tradition of making its own vaccine. (Photo Credit- representative image/PTI)

  • BioCubaFarma laboratory tweeted that Abdala is showing 92.28 % efficacy
  • Cuba is working on 5 COVID-19 vaccines 
  • Cuba has recorded just over 169,000 cases and 1,170 deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic

India's contingent will be vaccinated ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. (Photo Credit: Representational/Unsplash)

  • India's Olympic contingent will be fully vaccinated by early July 
  • India will send nearly 200 athletes, coaches and support staff to the Tokyo Games 
  • Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to be held in 2020, was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden took office on January 20, 2021. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@

  • 200 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses are set to be delivered by the end of 2021
  • The remainder will be sent out by June 2022
  • This is "largest ever purchase and donation of vaccines by a country," White House said in a statement

.Olympia, WA, USA
Washington provides prerolled marijuana joints for people aged 21 and above. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Unsplash)

  • The campaign was introduced to encourage people to get COVID vaccine shots
  • It will be effective till July 12 in the state
  • Only rolls, and no other marijuana products such as edibles are allowed in the campaign

.United States
Dozens of countries were added to the CDC's lowest category of Covid-19 travel risk. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • Public health officials have issued new travel advice for more than 120 countries
  • International travel guidance was updated on Monday by CDC
  • Threat levels by the CDC are determined by the number of COVID-19 cases in a given country 

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
PM Modi said that this is the deadliest pandemic in the last 100 years. (Photo Credit- PTI)

  •  PM Modi said that Free vaccination for all citizens above 18 years of age from June 21 
  •  He said that state govts will not have to spend any amount now on vaccines
  • Private hospitals can continue to procure 25% of vaccines

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
In April, the European Medicines Agency found very little link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • AstraZeneca vaccines have been linked to the formation of blood clots
  • It has been dubbed as Covishield in India
  • It is one the vaccines being administered in India

.Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Olympics fans may have to be vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • Organisers are set to decide in June how many spectators— if any— will be allowed to attend the pandemic-postponed Games
  • Spectators must be able to show a vaccination certificate or a negative test taken
  • They must wear masks and fill in health-check sheets

.Canada
Previously, the Canadian health authorities had approved a six-month shelf life for AstraZeneca's COVID 19 vaccine.(Photo credit: AFP)

  • Canadian health authorities have extended the expiry dates of nearly 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine
  • The approval to extend the shelf life of two slots of vaccines was supported by "scientific evidence", said Health Canada
  • There were about 49,000 doses of AstraZeneca in the country with an expiration date of May 31