BHUBANESWAR l wednesday l june 09, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE EDITION ‘China’s vaccine was ready even before the pandemic’ Eminent virologist Dr T Jacob John told TNIE it is possible that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was created in the Wuhan virology lab Beijing is hiding something: Dr John Jacob ‘Work on vaccine started a year ago’ “There is something mysterious about the Chinese episode (the suspected leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology). China’s Covid-19 pandemic was unique in the world. That means they are hiding something… or they are different… or China had prepared for this in advance. Everything is not what meets the eye,” said Dr John, ex-professor of Virology, CMC Vellore ■ ■ “There are smoking gun evidences in molecular biology that point to the possibility that it is a lab-manipulated virus,” Dr John said China must have started work on Covid vaccine at least a year earlier. Having a vaccine almost ready helped China curtail the virus spread right from the early days, he added Feb 24, 2020 China applied for vaccine barely two months after Covid outbreak 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 States empowered to prioritise age groups for jabs Walk-in registrations allowed for all age groups starting June 21; Centre urges people to go to private vax centres if they can afford to pay S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi A day after the Centre rolled back its controversial Covid-19 vaccination policy and decided to procure 75% of the total doses in India for all adults, it said it will continue to prioritise highly vulnerable sections for the inoculation drive. But it allowed states to decide their prioritisation within the 18-44 age group, after factoring in the vaccine supply . For the Union government, the priority population groups include healthcare and frontline workers, those above 45 years of age and beneficiaries whose second dose is due. The 18-44 group is last on its pecking order. The revised policy that will come into play from June 21, also provides the option of onsite registration at all government and private vaccination centres for all age groups, apart from advance booking on the CoWIN portal. The four-page document said vaccine doses will be provided to states based on factors like population, disease burden and the progress of vaccination, also warning that wastage of vaccine will affect the allocation negatively . Covaxin dose costliest at pvt hospitals Vaccine Price per dose as declared by manufacturer (J)* GST@ 5% (J) COVISHIELD COVAXIN SPUTNIK V 600 1,200 948 30 60 47.40 Maximum Maximum service charge price that can per dose, be charged by inclusive of all private taxes (J) hospitals (J) 150 780 150 1,410 150 1,145 Note: These rates will be effective from June 21 Some experts saw in the latest advisory an underlying message that vaccines in government hospitals should continue to be given to the high priority population till their full vaccination coverage is achieved. “And that I think is a pragmatic thing to do,” said health systems specialist Chandrakant Lahariya. “In fact, I would have preferred it if the vaccination for the 18-44 age group would have Ready workforce, infra for 3rd wave: CM to officials E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar The State government will train 1,114 doctors and 1,036 staff nurses, starting from community health centres to medical colleges and hospitals, in paediatric care as it readies workforce to tackle a possible third wave of Covid-19 pandemic that is believed to target the children. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik virtually to review the Covid situation in the State. Referring to expert opinion on children becoming more vulnerable in the third wave, the Chief Minister asked officials to be fully prepared with hospital beds, medicines and equipment to tackle the situation from now onwards. He asked them to start advance preparation based on the recommendations of the Technical Task Force Committee and increase vaccination from 1.5 lakh daily now to three lakh. Additional Chief Secretary Health PK Mohapatra informed that 3,000 general beds, 2,390 isolation beds and 610 intensive care unit (ICU) beds have been kept ready to tackle the possible third wave. Besides, the government has also decided to start a fourth sero survey in Ganjam, Koraput and Rayagada districts from Ju n e 1 5 w i t h f o c u s o n children. Mohapatra said that 68 per cent of beds in Covid hospitals are vacant now as 86 per cent of the patients are being treated in home isolation. He said that the State has sufficient oxygen supply and stock of medicines. Till now, the State has completed 83,62,105 doses of vaccination. CONTINUED ON: P5 been put on hold till the rest of the adult population is completed covered and the vaccine supply issue is fixed. That would have really streamlined the Covid inoculation process,” Lahariya added. The Centre also urged people who have the ability to pay, to take their jabs at private hospitals. Besides, it defended its decision to allow private hospitals to keep procuring 25% of the total Covid vaccines. “In order to incentivize production by vaccine manufacturers and encourage new vaccines, domestic vaccine manufacturers are given the option to also pro- NATIONWIDE june 7 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,00,636 86,498 1,74,399 1,82,282 2,427 2,123 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 7 6,118 8,429 41 june 8 june 8 5,896 8,836 45 June 7 31,04,989 doses June 8 25,58,652 doses Total doses: 23,59,39,165 Jab-o-meter Take your shot vide vaccines directly to private hospitals,” it said. It said states need to aggregate the demand of private hospitals keeping in view equitable distribution between large and small private hospitals and regional balance, based on which the Union government will facilitate supply to the private hospitals and their payment through the National Health Authority’s e-platform. “This would enable the smaller and remote private hospitals to obtain timely supply of vaccines, and further equitable access and regional balance,” the P7 Centre said. express read Odisha reiterates Central aid for disaster resilient infra The State government on Tuesday emphasised the need for Central assistance to build a disaster resilient power structure and storm surge barriers as a longterm measure to protect the coastal districts from recurring tropical cyclones and floods | P3 DISTRESS SIGNALS The economy is bearing the brunt of the pandemic. Here’s a look Auto-debit payment failures Out of 85.7 million auto-debit transactions attempted in May, 30.8 million (36%) failed In April, out of 85.4 million such transactions initiated, 29.08 million (34%) failed Bank credit Bank credit growth hits 59-year low of 5.56% in 2020-21. It is expected to fall this year, too, with corporates deleveraging by repaying high cost loans through funds raised via bond issuances The credit availed by the Indian textiles and apparels industry fell 20% year-on-year to `1.62 lakh crore as of December 2020. This was mainly due to suspension of manufacturing activities in the immediate aftermath of Covid-19 lockdown last year, says the SIDBI-CRIF joint report The number of active loans from the texiles sector stood at 4.26 lakh as of December 2020
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