tirupati l thursday l june 10, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Vax data sensitive, don’t share it: Centre to states We own all vaccine data: health ministry In a strange order, the Union health ministry on Wednesday asked states not to share vaccine availability status on public forums States are supposed to update the Centre on stock and transactions of all vaccines. The health ministry claimed it owns all vaccine-related data and that it cannot be shared with any third party, including the media. The letter evoked sharp reactions on social media with people wondering how data on stock and storage of Covid vaccine doses could be sensitive ■ eVIN Curious timing raises eyebrows ■ The letter, written by Pradeep Haldar, Advisor, Reproductive and Child Health, did not specify why the information is deemed sensitive or how sharing it will undermine the jab programme Curiously, the directive comes amid rising criticism against the Centre for its inability to support states with ample doses | P7 Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network tracks VAX stock status 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 2nd wave shock limited to Q1, recovery tied to vax, says FinMin E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi THE second Covid wave has somewhat dented the economy but its impact will be confined to the first quarter of this financial year, claimed the monthly economic report released by the Union finance ministry on Wednesday. However, this prognosis will hold true only if the vaccination drive becomes aggressive and all Budget announcements are implemented efficiently the re, port added. In other words, if the inoculation programme drags, it will drastically impact future economic recovery . “The onset of the second wave of Covid-19 since midFebruary 2021 and localised or state-wide restrictions adopted to combat its spread, have posed a probable downside risk to the momentum in India’s economic recovery in the first quarter of 2021-22,” it noted. The report added that with state-level lockdown restrictions, manufacturing and construction activities could experience a softer economic shock in Q1. “To avoid or lower the ferocity of subsequent waves, an accelerated vaccination drive is imperative. Vaccinating to achieve herd immunity (75-80% of population) will boost consumer and producer confidence and reinvigorate the engines of economic growth. For this purpose, challenges pertaining to vaccine supply, vaccine hesitancy, operational aspects to achieve high daily throughput, and widespread reach must be anticipated,” it said. The finance ministry has made a strong pitch to vaccinate 70 crore people with at least a single dose by September to boost confidence among DISTRESSED SECTORS SEND SOS messages Airport, hospitality firms say they can’t survive without govt help AIRPORT OPERATORS SEEK SUPPORT Drop in air traffic hit revenues Struggling to sustain operations and meet debt obligations Unable to raise funds due to poor Wait gets longer for Covaxin phase 3 final data S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi The wait for published data on the final phase 3 clinical trials of Covaxin is getting longer despite a growing clamour to release it, amid new information that compared to Covishield, it may be triggering lower antibody response to Covid-19. On Wednesday, Bharat Biotech, which has developed Covaxin, with support from ICMR, said the final analysis of its efficacy trials between November-January will be made pub, lic only in July, after it is submitted to the drug regulator and peer reviewed journals with a timeline of about three months for publication. While announcing the second interim analysis of its phase 3 trial on April 20, the company had said that “safety NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 80-95 million Expected domestic air passengers this year vis-a-vis 140 million in 2019 June 8 25,58,652 doses June 9 31,31,759 doses Total doses: 24,24,79,167 Take your shot and efficacy results from the final analysis will be available in June, and the final report will be submitted to a peer-re- Continued on P8 HOSPITALITY SECTOR WANTS STIMULUS It has sought a sector-specific stimulus package that includes: Full waiver of interest on loans Extension on moratorium on the principal amount for all loans DBT of basic pay to employees `1.82 lakh crore Hospitality sector’s revenue in FY20. 75% got wiped off in FY21 | P10 people and regain the momentum of economic recovery . “With around 120 days to 31st September 2021, around 93 lakh vaccinations are required per day to achieve the herd immunity. The peak daily vaccination rate attained till date is 42.65 lakh. This peak was achieved using one shift of 8-9 hours of vaccination. So, doubling the shifts and possibly vaccinating 24x7 for a couple of months – particularly in August and September when supply is expected to increase significantly – can enable the a m b i t i o u s, bu t p o s s i bl e, throughput of 1 crore shots a day the report recommended, ,” adding that this is ambitious, but possible. Govt to pay YSR Bima amount to families directly from July 1 Wednesday directed officials to re, vamp the existing guidelines of the As a measure to make the settle- scheme and make the settlement of ment of YSR Bima Scheme claims insurance claims simpler and easeasier, the State government has ier. As part of the changes, the indecided to make some changes in surance amount should be paid to its implementation from July 1. As the family of beneficiary within part of the initiative, the govern- one month of receiving the claim. ment itself will diA special officer rectly pay the insurshould be appointed Insurance cover ance amount to the to monitor the implefor workers family of deceased mentation of the Workers of unorganised beneficiary . scheme, he said. Workers of the un- sector in the age group of Jagan also directed organised sector in 18 to 70 years are covered the officials to stand under the YSR Bima the age group of 18 to in support of farmers 70 years are covered Scheme. A sum of `1 lakh and fishermen’s famiunder the scheme. An will be paid to the family lies who lost their of beneficiary if he dies insurance amount of breadwinner by pronaturally. In case of `1 lakh will be paid if viding the financial accidental death, the the beneficiary in the aid without any delay . family will get `5 lakh age group of 18 to 50 The death of livestock years, who is a breadshould also be adewinner of the family dies natural- quately compensated. Collectors , ly A sum of `5 lakh will be paid if . should submit reports on insurthe beneficiary in the age group of ance claims settled in their dis18 to 70 years dies in an accident tricts to the government once in under the scheme. three months. The responsibility Chief Minister Jagan Mohan of screening insurance applicaReddy who reviewed implementa- tions should be given to village and , P4 tion of the YSR Bima Scheme on ward secretariats, he said. E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Discoms failed to use low cost option: APERC Cong erosion on as BJP snaps up Jitin Prasada Visakhapatnam: Steel plant employees unions have decided to serve a fresh strike notice on June 14 on the management to go on one day strike on June 30 demanding wage revision which has been pending since 2017. The unions have decided to go on a 3-day strike if necessary to bring pressure on management. Vijayawada: While the State government has repeatedly claimed accrual of monetary savings of over `1,000 crore by procuring cheaper power from spot markets, an analysis by the APERC revealed that Discoms went for market procurement without using available units in AP with lower variable costs. New Delhi: The BJP set off alarm bells within the Congress on Wednesday by engineering the crossover of Jitin Prasada. With this, the party appears to have made it intentions clear of mopping up the remaining young talent within the Congress, a ploy that began with the induction of Jyotiraditya Scindia. P7 beating covid Recovery makes him a yoga promoter It was his strong determination to return home so that his family does not suffer, and regular practice of yoga that helped Godavarthi Babu Narasimha Rao (51) defeat Covid-19. Rao of Bhavanipuram in the city runs packers and movers business. His wife tested positive for Covid initially Later, he con. tracted the virus. Though he had comorbidities like diabetes and kidney related ailments and was on ventilator support for sometime, Rao was able to beat Covid with his willpower. Now, he is leading a normal life after recovering from Covid. Sharing his experiences with TNIE, Rao said, “After my wife 86,498 92,596 1,82,282 1,62,664 2,123 2,219 for public use in “clinical trial mode” while still under efficacy trials on 25,800 people. “It is unusual to have such a delay, particularly when the second analysis was so close to the sample size of 130 symptomatic cases,” said a top virologist who did not wish to be named. Health systems and vaccine policy expert Chandrakant Lahariya said that while publication in a journal may take time, the company should at least release the findings on a preprint server for medical science. A recent comparative evaluation of immunogenicity responses to spike protein after the first and second doses of C ova x i n a n d C ov i s h i e l d showed that the former may have lower immunogenicity . cash flows and credit ratings Steel plant workers to go on strike on June 30 @Vijayawada june 9 Jab-o-meter e x pr e s s r e a d Sistla Dakshina Murthy june 8 viewed publication.” In the April statement, the company had claimed that the vaccine has shown a 78% efficacy against preventing infection while efficacy against severe Covid-19 disease was 100%, with an impact on reduction in hospitalisations — after accruing 127 symptomatic cases. This efficacy was lower by 3% from the one claimed in another statement to the press, issued in early March, based on 87 symptomatic cases. But a delay in sharing the final data is bothering many, since phase 3 trial data of all other approved Covid vaccines, including the Russian Sputnik V, were published within 4-6 weeks of interim analysis. Also, Covaxin had been approved by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation State breaches 2 cr-mark in Covid-19 sample tests The State on Wednesday achieved yet another milestone in its fight against Covid-19. The total tests conducted by it went past two crore. With the total samples tested at 2,00,39,764, the positivity rate in the State now stands at 8.5%. The State completed the first one crore tests on November 29 last year and by then, the total cases were 8.67 lakh. In the second crore sample tests, 9.12 lakh tested positive andhra pradesh june 8 june 9 Fresh cases 7,796 8,766 Recoveries 14,641 12,292 Deaths 77 67 Samples tested 89,732 93,511 tested positive, myself and my son gave samples for testing. Fortunately my son, who is studying engineering third year tested negative, but I tested positive on April 25. As I had mild symptoms, the doctors suggested that I stay under home isolation, while my wife was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Guntur.” After the initial six days of medication at home, Rao developed difficulty in breathing and his oxygen saturation levels had dropped. “Due to increased anxiety levels, I faced difficulty in breathing and was admitted to hospital. While undergoing treatment, I realised my mistake that I did not take any other measures on my own to get cured from Covid,” he P4 said. CM to pursue AP issues with Shah today E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Thursday He is likely to take up pending . issues pertaining to the release of funds for Polavaram project with the Centre, besides urging it to extend all possible help to the State to vaccinate all eligible beneficiaries at the earliest. Jagan will leave for Delhi on Thursday afternoon and is likely to meet Amit Shah in the evening. He will return on Friday afternoon. He is likely to meet Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and other ministers during his visit to Delhi. During his meeting with Amit Shah, Jagan is likely to urge him to prevail upon the Ministry of Jal Shakti to approve the Revised Cost Estimates (RCE) of Polavaram project and release funds due to the State from the Centre for its speedy execution. Apart from funds for Polavaram project, he is likely to urge the Centre to fulfil all the assurances made in the AP Reorganisation Act, P5 which are pending. jab for mothers Holding a child, a woman stands in a queue at a vaccination centre in Vijayawada on Wednesday as the government decided to give Covid jabs to mothers with kids below 5 years | P Ravindra Babu CJI initiative Telangana HC judge strength to jump by 75% E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Aiming to reduce case pendency across the country espe, cially in high courts, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana is now pushing to increase their sanctioned strength of judges. To begin with, he has given his final approval to raise the sanctioned strength of judges from 24 to 42 at the Telangana High Court — a jump of 75% — where 2,37,000 cases are pending as on date. This is one of the biggest booster shots in the higher judiciary in a very long time. Of the 42 judges, 32 will be permanent while the rest will be additional judges for now. The proposal to increase the strength of the Telangana High Court had been pending with the Centre since 2019. After assuming office, CJI Ramana gave it fresh impetus by urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ministry of law and justice to expedite it. After receiving their green light, the CJI is learnt to have to have spoken to the HC chief justice and taken stock of the available infrastructure before giving his final approval. To fill up the vacancies, 28 will be elevated from the bar while 14 will be appointed from judicial services. A formal notification is expected soon. In a recent meeting with chief justices of all high courts, the CJI had shared his vision of creating a National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation.
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