Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The British High Commissioner to India said in a tweet that he had “excellent” technical discussions National Health Authority CEO R S Sharma, whose company operates the CoWIN app. He also said that no technical concerns were raised with each other's certification process. The US Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose on Thursday. The booster shots will be administered to those aged 65 and adults at high risk. The allowed population will be inoculated at least six months after completion of the primary series.
"The FDA amended the EUA for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for a booster dose in certain populations such as health care workers, teachers and daycare staff, grocery workers, and those in homeless shelters or prisons, among others," said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is in the US to attend the United Nations General Assembly said that international travel should be made easier through mutual recognition of vaccine certificates. In his video remarks at the Global COVID Summit hosted by US President Joe Biden, Modi also said that India was ramping up the production capacity of existing vaccines and emphasised that the supply chains of raw materials must be kept open so that vaccine supplies to other countries can be resumed.
His remarks came on a day when the UK government issued an updated international travel advisory to include AstraZeneca Covishield among the eligible COVID-19 vaccine formulations but kept India out of the 18 countries on an approved vaccinations list. The fresh rules require Indians to follow rules set out for “non-vaccinated” travellers.
Here Are The Live Covid-19 Updates:
4.00 PM: Alex Ellis, the British High Commissioner to India, said in a tweet that he had “excellent” technical discussions National Health Authority CEO R S Sharma, whose company operates the CoWIN app. “Neither side raised technical concerns with each other's certification process. An important step forward in our joint aim to facilitate travel and fully protect public health of UK and India,” he said.
1:40 PM: US athletes taking part in the Beijing Winter Olympics next year must be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to guidelines released by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee. The USOPC rules state that as of November 1, all employees, athletes, contractors, and others accessing USOPC facilities must be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
1:30 PM: The United States announcement of authorizing the use of boosters of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine means to a significant part of the population — amounting to tens of millions of Americans — are now eligible for a third shot six months after their second.
12:45 PM: Puducherry witnessed a dip in number of fresh coronavirus cases during the last 24 hours with 91 infections pushing the overall tally to 1,25,826, a top official of the Health department said.
12:30 PM: 8 new Covid-19 cases push Andamans tally to 7,615.
11:45 AM: A day after UK added Serum Institute's Covishield to its expanded travel advisory, the government has said Covid-19 vaccine certification from all countries must meet minimum criteria and it is working with India on a phased approach to its international travel norms. READ MORE
11:10 AM: Odisha reported 644 fresh COVID cases, 445 recoveries, and 7 deaths yesterday.
11:00 AM: Attorney general K K Venugopal informs SC that there is no containment zone in the country and that indefinite relaxation in limitation period granted since March 15 last year because of Covid.
10:45 AM: With the addition of 284 new cases of coronavirus, the infection count in Maharashtra’s Thane district has gone up to 5,57,139, an official said. These new cases were reported on Wednesday, he said.
10:00 AM: Active COVID-19 cases lowest in 187 days- The active cases comprise 0.90 per cent of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.77 per cent, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.
9:20 AM: CoWin vaccine certificates 'foolproof', have all details: Officials counter 'UK's doubts'
9:10 AM: In the past 24 hours, India recorded 31,923 fresh cases, 282 deaths as per the health ministry’s data.
8:15 AM: Police in Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne prepared for the fourth day of anti-lockdown protests after more than 200 arrests a day earlier, while COVID-19 cases across the state of Victoria hit a daily record. Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in the city of 5 million since officials earlier this week ordered a two-week closure of building sites and made vaccines mandatory for construction workers.
7:50 AM: United Airlines says more than 97% of its U.S.-based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 now that there is less than a week before a deadline to get the shots or get fired. The airline said that the new figure does not include a "small number" of employees who are seeking a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.
7:25 AM: US President Joe Biden addressed a Covid-19 summit of world leaders with a promise to donate a “historic” extra 500 million vaccines to countries struggling to overcome the pandemic.
7:10 AM: Assam registered four Covid-19 deaths, taking the total number of fatalities due to the disease to 5817, according to the bulletin of the National Health Mission, Assam.