Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today: First, some good news – India continues to report less than 30,000 cases for the second day running. With 26,964 people testing positive in the last 24 hours, India witnessed more recoveries than new cases, Wednesday’s health bulletin says. There were 383 Covid deaths across India in the span of a single day, the government data says. In terms of active cases, the nation’s current caseload is 3,01,989. This is the lowest the country has seen in the last 186 days. The national recovery rate has been registered at 97.77 per cent.
Now, some update on the global vaccination, While India’s latest decision to restart the exports of the Covid-19 vaccines has been hailed by the WHO and other nations, there is a ‘recognition contagion’ brewing. Global powers are introducing or re-enforcing clauses that don’t recognise the Covid shots from other nations. India, the biggest vaccine maker in the world, is finding it hard to convince others to recognise the Covishield jabs. After a top MEA official warned that there will be ‘reciprocal’ measures if nations such as the UK don’t recognise SII-produced Covishield, London has responded. The UK has issued an advisory that states that the Covishield will be recognised along with Pfizer and Moderna. Meanwhile, Washington has still not clarified if it would accept the AstraZeneca shots. This kind of policy not only causes confusion but also hampers the process towards greater vaccine equity.
As India looks at a new phase of the pandemic, here are the latest developments from the country and around the world.