India Coronavirus- grim milestone of one day record surge -1.26 lakh cases , Vaccine supply row erupts
Surging past a grim milestone of one day record surge of new coronavirus cases,India today recorded 1,26,789 new COVID19 cases and 685 deaths in the last 24 hours. Amid sharp uptick in cases and growing demands for vaccines,Union health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said, “politicising the important public health issue of #COVID19 & spreading panic regarding vaccine supply is a damning indictment of certain leaders & their own fallacies, Let’s focus energies, defeat the pandemic & fulfil our solemn public duty”
He made this comment while issuing strongly worded statement ,slamming those states which are flagging concerns over inadequate supply of vaccine just to “cover up their mistakes” in handling the situation. The development took place when Maaharshtra which recorded 60,000 fresh cases ,demanded more vaccines and sispended innoculations at some places in want of vaccines.
According to the health Minisytry today so far India has recorded Total cases: 1,29,28,574;Total recoveries: 1,18,51,393’Active cases: 9,10,319Death toll: 1,66,862 and the total vaccination: 9,01,98,673
In some states, Night cirfew has been imposed to contain the sitiuation. Night Curfew has been clamped in Kanpur,Lucknow and Varanasi in UP, Punjab state and Maharashtra and at few more places.
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine could possibly cause rare blood clots in some people but further studies are required to confirm the link, experts with the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
The opinion by the subcommittee of WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) follows a review of the latest information from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the United Kingdom’s regulatory body MHRA, and other countries.
The EMA concluded that unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine, while the MHRA said evidence of a link “is stronger but more work is still needed.” The UK has announced that it will offer an alternative shot to people under 30.
“Based on current information, a causal relationship between the vaccine and the occurrence of blood clots with low platelets is considered plausible but is not confirmed. Specialized studies are needed to fully understand the potential relationship between vaccination and possible risk factors”, the WHO subcommittee said in an interim statement.
Cases very rare
The AstraZeneca vaccine constitutes a large part of the portfolio of the COVAX global solidarity initiative, which has already shipped more than 36 million doses worldwide to more than 86 countries.
Though concerning, cases of blood clotting are very rare as low numbers have been reported among the nearly 200 million people worldwide who have received the vaccine, according to the statement.
“Rare adverse events following immunizations should be assessed against the risk of deaths from COVID-19 disease and the potential of the vaccines to prevent infections and reduce deaths due to diseases”, the subcommittee said.
The statement underlined the importance of vaccines against a disease that has killed some 2.6 million people worldwide, and that like all medicines can have side effects.
Risk vs benefit
“The administration of vaccines is based on a risk versus benefit analysis”, the subcommittee said.
Meanwhile, WHO is carefully monitoring the rollout of all COVID-19 vaccines, and will continue to work with countries to manage potential risks.
“In extensive vaccination campaigns, it is normal for countries to identify potential adverse events following immunization”, the statement said. “This does not necessarily mean that the events are linked to the vaccination itself, but they must be investigated to ensure that any safety concerns are addressed quickly.”
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