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India posts biggest-ever daily death toll 6,148 due to coronavirus;Toll spiked as Bihar revised its toll

By Neeraj Bajpai

India posts biggest-ever daily death toll 6,148 due to coronavirus

India today posted the biggest ever single-day death toll of  6,148 during the last 24 hours as The Nitish Kumar government on Wednesday reported that the number of deaths across the state in the pandemic was 9,429, a dramatic spike that also affected the centre’s daily death figures..

 

According to Union Health Ministry data,The country posted 94,052 cases, 1,51,367 discharges & 6148 deaths (highest in one day) in last 24 hrs,. Now, the total cases so far : 2,91,83,121 Total discharges: 2,76,55,493 Death toll: 3,59,676 Active cases: 11,67,952 Total vaccination: 23,90,58,36

 

In Rains and pandemic battered Maharashtra ‘Mumbai, Last night Malvani Gate no. 8, a building collapsed at Malad (West). Firefighters are conducting rescue operations. The second and third floors of the 3-story building collapsed on the adjacent 1-story hut. Seventeen people were injured and 11 died in the incident.

 

 

A detailed government bulletin with updated figure says India’s Active Caseload less than 12 lakh (11,67,952) after 60 days; Active Cases decrease by 63,463 in the last 24 hours; It reports less than 1 lakh cases for the 3rd Day;94,052 new cases in the last 24 hours;1,51,367 patients recovered during the last 24 hours; Recoveries continue to outnumber the Daily New Cases for the 28th consecutive day;2,76,55,493 total Recoveries across the country so far; Recovery Rate increases to 94.77%; Weekly Positivity Rate currently at 5.43%; Daily positivity rate at 4.69%, less than 10% for 17 consecutive days.; Testing capacity substantially ramped up – 37.21 cr tests total conducted and Vaccine Doses administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive crosses 24 Cr mark (24,27,26,693)

 

A group of UN independent human rights experts called on Wednesday for the leaders of the world’s largest economies to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines for people in the Global South, urging them not to allow the profit motive to undermine global health and equity.

“Everyone has a right to have access to a vaccine for COVID-19 that is safe, effective, timely and based on the application of the best scientific development”, the experts said ahead of the three-day Summit of the G7 intergovernmental group of leading countries in the United Kingdom, which begins on Friday.

“It is not the time for protracted negotiations or for lobbying to erect barriers in order to protect corporate profits”, they underscored.

Despite the extraordinarily speedy production of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, swift action has not followed to aid equal access across all countries and regions.

“Billions of people in the Global South are being left behind. They see vaccines as a mirage or a privilege for the developed world”, explained the experts, which, they added, would “unnecessarily prolong the crisis, drastically increase the death toll and deepen economic distress, possibly sowing the seeds of social unrest.”

Prioritize equity

The rights experts echoed their statement of last year on the human costs of the pandemic, saying that at a time when millions face poverty and hunger, G7 leaders must make it their top priority to protect the life and health of people in the most socially and economically precarious situations.

“It is shocking that, according to WHO [World Health Organization] reports, less than one per cent of all vaccines administered so far have gone to low-income countries”, they pointed out, stressing that intellectual property rights must not become a barrier to low-cost production and expanded supply.

Human rights

The UN experts urged pharmaceutical companies to join WHO’s COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) for sharing know-how, data and intellectual property and recalled that while the TRIPs Agreement on intellectually property rights provides for certain flexibilities, including the possibility of compulsory licensing in cases of national emergency, they are insufficient to respond to the current pandemic.

“Maximizing production of safe vaccines must take precedence over profiting from a global pandemic”, they said. “States must ensure that legal protection for intellectual property and patents doesn’t undermine the right of everyone to get access to a safe, timely and effective vaccine”.

The experts reminded States to align their actions with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and ensure that multilateral institutions, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), “neither restrain the ability of their member States to meet their duty to protect nor hinder business enterprises from respecting human rights.”

Maximizing production of safe vaccines must take precedence over profiting from a global pandemic — UN experts

Galvanizing support

Financial and technical support, along with safeguarding production access, must be bolstered for developing countries to produces vaccines locally, according to the UN experts.

They endorsed a statement by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, saying that unequal access to vaccines for least developed and developing countries is discriminatory and undermines progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We are particularly impressed by the role civil society organizations and campaigners have played in galvanizing support from numerous States and stakeholders behind the call for a vaccine available to all, everywhere and free of charge”, they said.

Click here for the names of the experts.

Independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not paid for their work.

 

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