Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja warned the rise of COVID cases in between 10,000 to 20,000 daily if more people did not join the fight against the disease. She underlined the need for more people in terms of medical and non-medical help in the fight against COVID. She also invited volunteers to register in Covid Jagrata protocol to join the brigade.
The WHO has renewed its call to countries to join its COVAX facility. It is an international alliance under the WHO to accelerate the development and production of COVID vaccines. It also aims to ensure equitable distribution of the vaccine. COVAX facility is said to be trying to raise funds to support the rapid development of promising candidates.
13 districts with fatality rates higher than national average were named responsible for 1 in 7 COVID deaths. These districts are Kamrup Metro (Assam); Patna (Bihar); Ranchi (Jharkhand), Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala); Ganjam (Odisha); Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh); North 24 Paraganas, Hooghly, Howrah, Kolkata and Maldah (West Bengal); and Delhi.
The WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis and its effects of which will be felt for decades to come. The emergency committee of WHO, comprising 18 members and 12 advisers, is meeting for the fourth time over the COVID-19 crisis. He added that vaccine development is happening at record speed.
The World Health Organisation’s regional director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetralpal Singh said that the vaccines for COVID-19 will be distributed to the deserving irrespective of nationality. She added that India's manufacturing capability will play an important role. The availability depends on the outcome of ongoing clinical trials.
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