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COVID-19: WHO Says India Offered 7.5 Million Doses Of Moderna, AIIMS On School Re-Opening

BP World Bureau | Jul 20 2021 09:34:59 AM
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NEW DELHI: India has reported 38,164 cases of COVID-19 and 499 deaths due to the disease in 24 hours. 

Union health ministry data revealed that there are 3,11,44,229 cases of COVID-19 in the country and out of that, 4,21,665 are active cases, 3,03,08,456 people recovered and 4,14,108 people died. 

Globally, there are 19,04,08,510 cases of COVID-19 and out of that, 6,09,51,613 are active cases, 12,53,68,105 people recovered and 40,88,792 people died. 

Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, informed that centre is holding discussions with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer over several issues including indemnity waiver, negotiations and commitments. 

India has been offered 7.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine through Covax, said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional director of World Health Organisation (WHO) South East Asia.

Read: ICMR Releases Report On COVID-19 Breakthrough Cases 

Dr Randeep Guleria, director of AIIMS, suggested that schools should be re-opened across the nation in a staggered manner, especially in areas that have fewer COVID-19 cases. He is the director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

Schools in the country, mostly shut since March last year as the coronavirus pandemic. He said that areas with 5% and less positivity can consider reopening the schools. 

The US announced that it has upgraded its travel advisory for India. India's status has been lowered from level 3 to level 4, and urged citizens to reconsider traveling to the country. Level 4 restriction bans any travel from the specified country and the Level 3 restriction urges people to reconsider travel.