Coronavirus Cases in India Today, New Coronavirus Variant Delta Plus Symptoms June 30 Highlights: India once again crossed the 40,000-mark with 45, 951 fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. The daily caseload was slightly higher than yesterday when the country recorded 37, 566 new corona cases on June 29. It was the first time in more than 102 days that the daily cases had declined below 40,000. In terms of fatalities, the health bulletin said that the Covid deaths remained below the 1,000-mark for the third consecutive day. The national recovery rate has improved to 96.92 per cent. On June 29, the national vaccination drive saw around 37 lakh Covid jabs, which was quite closer to the average rate of the pre-June 21 period. After the June 21st launch of the new programme, India’s average vaccination rate has seen a significant increase. While the US took around 193 days to reach the 32 crore jabs, India achieved this feat in 163 days, the government officials said during the daily briefing.
Amid the concerns over the vaccine stock, India has finally agreed to allow the import of Moderna’s Covid vaccine. It is the fourth vaccine after Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V that will be used for inoculating Indians. Moderna’s mRNA Covid vaccine has been cleared by the national regulator DCGI for emergency use. In India, Moderna vaccines will be imported and sold by Cipla.
However, the nod is the first step and it will take some time for the vaccines to arrive on Indian soil. The indemnity question has still not been answered clearly by the Centre.
In another development related to the vaccine, Brazil has suspended the Covaxin deal with India’s Bharat Biotech today. This comes after the high-profile corruption probe that has put Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro under the scanner.
Back home, Indian men have taken a lead in the vaccination race. While the Centre has denied any urban-rural gap in the current inoculation programme, the numbers suggest that a lesser number of Indian women were administered the Covid jabs. Experts say that one of the main reasons is that more men are working and hence are ready to take the Covid vaccine. Other reasons include vaccine hesitancy among women due to some perceived confusion over the mensuration cycle and any probable impact on fertility. Doctors have been very vocal about this. The Centre has also issued a renewed guidelines for vaccinating pregnant women. However, there is a strong need to spread awareness on the ground level.
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