Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India News, November 23 Highlights: As the Covid-19 situation continues to improve across the globe, except in Europe, the focus has been shifted to booster dose (Third dose) against the Coronavirus infections. The US, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, and Brazil have already started administering booster shots. According to data, nearly 12% of doses administered around the globe on November 18 were booster doses. Chile, Israel, and Uruguay have administered the highest number of booster shots per 100 people as of now.
India has so far administered more than 117.63 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine across the country. Around 82% of the eligible population have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and nearly 43% are fully vaccinated, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The government has been taking many initiatives to speed up the ongoing nationwide vaccination drive. It has launched a month-long ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign for house-to-house Covid-19 vaccination of those who are yet to take a dose and for people whose second dose is overdue. More than 12 crore beneficiaries are still overdue for their second dose after the expiry of the prescribed interval between the two doses.
“Completion of the second dose is the priority for the government for now,” Dr. Balram Bhargava, ICMR Director-General, on Monday said. He said, “There is no scientific evidence so far to support the need for a booster vaccine dose against Coronavirus. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has also said adequate stocks are available with states and the aim is to complete the vaccination of the target population with two doses. “After that, a decision on booster dose would be taken based on expert recommendation,” he added. However, according to sources, the booster dose issue is likely to be discussed in the next meeting of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation in India.
Meanwhile, India reported 7,579 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 543 days, taking its overall tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,45,26,480, while the number of active cases declined to 1,13,584, the lowest in 536 days, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday. With 236 fresh fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll increased to 4,66,147, the Health Ministry said. The single-day rise in fresh Coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for the past 46 days and below 50,000 for 149 consecutive days now. The active cases now account for 0.33% of the total infections, the lowest since March 2020, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate improved to 98.32%, the highest since March 2020, the ministry said.
Here are the latest and verified updates related to the Coronavirus pandemic from India and around the globe: