visakhapatnam l friday l may 14, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION ‘Judiciary working under great stress due to Covid’ 100 judges, 2,700 judicial officers infected Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said on Thursday that the coronavirus has impacted SC judges and Registry officials At least 100 high court judges and over 2,700 judicial officers have tested positive for the virus, the CJI said, adding that three HC judges and 34 judicial officers have lost their lives. In the SC, around 800 Registry staff, six Registrars and 10 Additional Registrars were infected at different points of times. On Wednesday, Justice D Y Chandrachud had tested +ve ■ 37 Plan to live-telecast sc proceedings ■ ■ Ramana said he was actively considering the proposal to live-telecast the proceedings of the Supreme Court However, the CJI added that the programme will be rolled out only if there is a general consensus among his colleagues in SC The Gujarat High Court is already live-streaming its proceedings Three hc judges and 34 judicial officers succumbed to the virus CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Vaccine factsheet Lab quality big hurdle for Covaxin mass production By year-end due to ramped up production Production / Vaccines availability Aug-Dec Doses Received/ Procured by the centre Source Quantity 6.6 crore (Covishield 5.6 cr & Covaxin 1 cr) GAVI COVAX 1 crore facility (Covishield) PM-CARES FUND S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi Amid growing chorus for technology transfer to allow other vaccine makers in India mass produce Covaxin, the Centre on Thursday said the sticking point was the lack of sophisticated technological platforms to manufacture the jab. This vaccine, which is an inactivated version of Covid-19 virus and requires live virus to be cultured, can only be processed in laboratories categorised as biosafety level 3 (BSL 3), stressed V K Paul, member, health, Niti Aayog, who also heads the national Covid-19 task force. Covaxin was developed by Bharat Biotech with support from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), which shares its intellectual property rights. The government health research body had invested about `35 crore in its pre-clinical and clinical trials. At present, only Bharat Biotech is a BSL 3 lab in India. “This suggestion (of technology transfer) has been welcomed by Bharat Biotech but it needs to be understood that Covaxin has been developed from inactivated SARS-CoV 2 and can only be developed at laboratories with BSL 3 standards, which none of the other companies in India have as of now,” said Paul. AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is the first CM to come up with the proposal of technology transfer to those capable of manufacturing Covaxin to ramp up its production. He also sent a letter to the PM in this regard. Following in his footsteps, opposition leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, wrote a similar letter to the PM. P8 Primer on biosafety level A biosafety level indicates a set of biocontainment precautions required to isolate disease causing pathogens in an enclosed lab. The levels of containment range from the lowest biosafety level 1 (BSL1) to level 4 (BSL-4). BSL 3 is appropriate for work involving microbes that can cause serious and potentially lethal disease via inhalation and requires certain features like special constructions and ventilation systems Gender skew 13,88,15,914 people had taken 17,78,82,695 jabs at the time of the study 7,30,07,844 Of them are male 6,57,88,899 Of them are female 19,171 others too took the jabs 72,18,945 More males than females took the shot | P7 Status Covishield Covaxin Bio E Sub unit Zydus CadilaDNA SII -Novavax BB Nasal GennovamRNA Sputnik V TOTAL Utilised in full Utilised in full 86% 12 crore Procured (Covishield 10 cr received, rest for phase II expected by & Covaxin 2 cr) May-end Supply 16 crore beginning Procured for phase III (Covishield511 cr in May and & Covaxin cr) ending in July 35.6 crore Total (Covishield 27.6 cr & Covaxin 8 cr) 35.6 Cr 75.0 Cr 55.0 Cr 30.0 Cr 05.0 Cr 20.0 Cr 10.0 Cr 06.0 Cr 15.6 Cr 216.6 Cr Doses delivered/ to be delivered to the States in May Free doses supplied by Centre to states/UTs: 1.65 cr Free doses to be supplied by Centre to States/UTs: 2.35 cr Doses directly procured by states/UTs: 1.23 cr Doses directly procured by states/UTs & in pipeline: 1.27 cr Doses directly procured by private hospitals: 0.80 cr 51.6 crore Add 16 crore doses that are in the vaccine doses pipeline under direct procured procurement by states so far & private hospitals and the total is 51.6 crore doses Total: 7.30 cr Now, Covishield second dose only after 3-4 months E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi The Centre on Thursday accepted a proposal by an expert panel to raise the gap between two doses of Covishield to 12-16 weeks, deviating from the European Union and the UK’s suggestions for a 12-week interval between the two shots. Till now, a gap of 6-8 weeks was recommended between two doses of this vaccine in India. Spain alone prescribes a gap of 12-16 weeks between two shots, though it administers the AstraZeneca vaccine only to the 60+ age group amid concerns that in rare cases, it triggers blood clots in younger people. The Centre’s announcement immediately triggered speculation of it being tied to vaccine shortage, but Dr V K Paul, who heads the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19, said the decision was based on science. Real life data following mass vaccinations in the UK, said Paul, has shown that the larger gap between two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine raises its efficacy The decision came after . a recommendation by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC), which in turn relied on the scientific input by the Covid working g roup chaired by N K Arora. The NEGVAC also suggested that those who have recovered from their Covid infection, should get the vaccine against the coronavirus six months after the recovery The ministry . is yet to formally accept the second recommendation. The gap of 12-16 weeks for Covishield, originally developed by AstraZeneca-Oxford University and being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India locally has not been tested in clinical trials, experts pointed out. The NEGVAC endorsing a six The beneficiaries Healthcare workers 1st dose 96,16,697 2nd dose 66,02,553 Frontline workers 1st dose 1,43,14,563 2nd dose 1st dose 1st dose 1st dose Amid Opposition pressure on the Centre to suspend the `20,000-crore Central Vista project till the pandemic is brought under control, the Chhattisgarh government appears to have done the right thing by nixing plans to build the new Assembly building at a cost of `245 crore. On Thursday, the Congressgoverned Chhattisgarh government cancelled tenders for the new Assembly building and halted construction works of all ongoing major projects. The state has also adopted stringent austerity measures, a government spokesperson said. Consequently, the ongoing construction works for the new Raj Bhawan, Assembly House, Chief Minister’s House, bungalows for ministers and senior officials, and the New Circuit House at the Nava Raipur capital city stand suspended. The foundation-laying ceremony of these works was performed on November 25, 2019. sure that no child is deprived of care and attention if he becomes an orphan in the Covid times. Free food, shelter and education will be provided to children in the institutions. Two helplines with 181 and 1098 have been set up for rehabilitation of orphaned chil- dren in the institutions. Kritika Shukla, Director of Women Development and Child Welfare, said, “Any child or guardian who is in need of assistance, can contact the child welfare authorities on the helpline numbers. An official team will be sent to the Govt floats tenders for Covid-19 vaccine E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The Andhra Pradesh government has floated global tenders to procure Covid-19 vaccine. The interested pharmaceutical companies have been asked to respond to the global tenders within three weeks. The bids for supply of vaccine need to be filed by June 3. A pre-bid meeting is likely to be held on May 20 and 22. As AP has come up with the proposal of floating global tenders for Covid vaccine first, the response is expected to be good. The decision to float global tenders was taken by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in the wake of delay in supply of vaccine to the State by the Centre. AP’s initiative was lauded by other States and some of them decided to go for global tenders to procure vaccine. Jagan also underlined the need for involvement of more companies in vaccine pro- Set up 300 MT oxygen plant: CM CM Jagan directed officials to set up a 300 MT oxygen plant at Krishnapatnam or Kadapa, which will not only cater to the needs of Covid patients now, but also of the proposed steel plants there in the future duction as it is the only solution to combat Covid effectively . The Chief Minister took stock of the Covid situation in the State, oxygen availability and hospital preparedness at a high-level review meeting on Thursday evening. He said the State has received a total of 75.49 lakh Covid vaccine doses from the Centre, including 62,60,400 Covishield doses from the Serum Institute of India, Pune. The rest of Covaxin doses came from Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad. The Chief Minister direct- ed officials to come up with an action plan to meet the future requirements of oxygen, besides ramping up the production to meet the present demand of the State. The State’s demand for oxygen has crossed 600 MT. Hence, long term plans should be evolved to overcome the crisis, he said. Jagan instructed the officials to initiate measures for setting up an oxygen plant with 300 MT capacity at Krishnapatnam in Nellore district or in Kadapa, which will not only cater to the needs of Covid patients now, but also of the proposed steel plants there in the future. The officials informed the Chief Minister that the number of vehicles delivering liquid medical oxygen was increased to 78 from 56. Fourteen more vehicles will be deployed to refill and deliver oxygen soon after the arrival of a tanker. Eight cryogenic oxygen tankers were allotted to the districts. P4 andhra pradesh may 12 May 13 Fresh cases 21,451 22,399 Recoveries 19,095 18,638 Deaths 89 89 Samples tested 90,750 96,446 covid tracker 1,77,02,133 total samples tested 13,66,785 9,077 11,56,666 Total caseload Total deaths Total cured cases 2,01,042 active helpline 1902 to lodge complaints 104 8297-104-104 WhatsApp Chatbat number - type Hi, Hello, Covid to know official info about Coronavirus Dial for info on Covid services https://esanjeevani.com/ - website to contact doctors through video call and get medical aid http:/hmfw.ap.gov.in/covid.dashboard. aspx - Covid dashboard Covid-19 AP App to get all info hospital infra 669 Total hospitals treating Covid cases ICU beds - 7,618 Available - 529 5,42,32,598 1,72,86,501 Over 60 yrs Total Oxygen general beds 22,069 Available - 1,107 17,91,77,029 month gap for Covid-19 vaccination following recovery from the infection is also being met with some skepticism. Just a few days ago, ICMR director general Balram Bhargava said those who have battled Covid-19 successfully, can get the vaccine six weeks following their recovery. “So far, I have not come across any scientific evidence which suggests that people who have had infection before should wait for six months for their shots against Covid-19,” said immunologist Seyed Hasnain. Ch’garh suspends work on new Assembly, pressure on Centre to halt Central Vista E ja z K a i s e r @ Raipur A child care institution at Bukkarayasamudram in Anantapur district | EXPRESS 85,14,552 2nd dose Andhra Pradesh has become the first State in the country to set up 32 child care institutions (CCIs) for rehabilitation of children of Covid victims. The institutions will also take care of children whose parents or guardians have tested positive for Covid. Though the number of children who have become orphans following the death of their parents due to Covid, is significantly low in the State, the government has taken the initiative in setting up the institutions keeping in view the future of kids. The proactive step will en- house of the child and he will be shifted to the nearest institution. As per the choice of the child, he will be later handed over to a suitable guardian or he will be moved to the adoption framework. In all, 32 child care institutions with all facilities and dedicated official teams will ensure that the children in need are properly rehabilitated.” Three siblings were recently rescued by an official team when their parents tested positive for Covid in Anantapur district. The children were shifted to the child care institution. Now, they are under the care of DCPO and Childline District Coordinator. 5,65,82,401 2nd dose @ Vijayawada 39,14,688 Age group 45-59 yrs E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e 81,12,476 Age group 18-44 yrs AP 1st to set up 32 rehabs for orphaned kids The Chhattisgarh government’s decision comes a day after 12 Opposition leaders wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to halt the Central Vista project and use the money to the fund the fight against coronavirus. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court is hearing a petition seeking an interim stay on the project saying the construction workers are exposed to the deadly coronavirus on a daily basis during the peak phase of the pandemic. Israel pummels Gaza as its troops stand by The hostilities between Hamas and Israel are escalating relentlessly even as mediators try to step in. Hamas sent a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel on Thursday as Israel pounded Gaza with more airstrikes and called up 9,000 more reservists, with the country’s military talking of a possible ground attack. Meanwhile, Jews and Arabs are fighting in the country’s streets. In the picture on the left, Israeli airstrikes hit a building in Gaza city. Above, an Israeli artillery unit at the border fires toward targets in the Gaza Strip | P9 Jab-o-meter EXPRESS READ May 12 17,72,261 doses Take your May 13 shot 19,75,176 doses Total: 17,91,77,029 NATIONWIDE MAY 12 MAY 13 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,62,727 3,52,181 4,120 3,48,421 3,55,338 4,205 You (Centre) have been playing that irritating message on the phone whenever one makes a call... You are not vaccinating people but still say vaccination lagavaiye. What’s the point of the message? - Delhi HC Assembly session to begin on May 20 Vijayawada: The budget session of the AP Legislative Assembly will begin on May 20. Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan on Thursday issued separate notifications summoning the session of AP Legislative Council and Assembly on May 20. Both the Houses will meet at 9 am. Sources say that the Governor will address members of both the Houses through video conference. The budget session is likely to be a one-day affair. The government will table the budget in both the Houses. After the passage of budget without any discussion, the Houses will be adjourned. 52.38 lakh farmers get `3,928 cr under Rythu Bharosa scheme E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday said his gover nment released `3,928.88 crore as the first installment of YSR Rythu Bharosa - PM Kisan Scheme, benefiting 52.38 lakh far mers, despite financial constraints in the times of Covid-19 to ensure that they do not face any inconvenience while taking up agricultural operations for the ensuing Kharif season. Addressing farmers virtual- ly from his camp office in Tadepalli, he said they credited the amount directly into the bank accounts of beneficiaries for the third year under the scheme so that they can use it as an investment for Kharif. “In our State, 50 per cent of farmers have land holdings less than half a hectare, while 70 per cent hold less than one hectare. A sum of `13,500 is being provided to small farmers in three installments under Rythu Bharosa, which will take care of 80 per cent of their initial investment on crops,” he said.P5
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