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Union Health Minister to launch world's first made-in-India nasal Covid vaccine tomorrow

₹800 for private markets while for the supplies to Union and State governments, Bharat Biotech has kept the price at ₹325. The nasal vaccine for now is not available on CoWin.

"We have achieved the goals we set for ourselves during this pandemic. We have developed COVAXIN® and iNCOVACC®, two COVID vaccines from two different platforms, with two different delivery systems.

The vectored intranasal delivery platform gives us the capability for rapid product development, scale-up, easy and painless immunization during public health emergencies and pandemics. We thank the Ministry of Health, CDSCO, Dept of Biotechnology, Govt of India, Technology Development Board, and Washington University, St Louis, for their support and guidance," Dr.

Krishna Ella, Executive Chairman said. On the occasion, other senior delegates of the Union Government will also be present including senior ministers and officials.

iNCOVACC will be the first needleless examination to be given as booster dose. (With inputs from ANI)    

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa - No special treatment for GR, says Singapore MFA - - Singapore - Sri Lanka - city Singapore - Maldives
No special treatment for GR, says Singapore MFA
COLOMBO (News 1st); Former Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled his country amid massive protests against his government last month, was not being provided any privileges, immunity, or hospitality, Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said.Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives on July 13 and reached Singapore the next day in the face of public revolt against his government's mishandling of the economy.The 73-year-old leader emailed his resignation letter to the Parliament Speaker on July 14, soon after he was allowed by Singapore to enter the city-state on a "private visit"."In general, the Singapore government does not accord privileges, immunity, and hospitality to former heads of state or heads of government," Balakrishnan said in a written reply to a question in parliament on Monday."Consequently, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was not accorded any privileges, immunity or hospitality," he wrote in response to the question from parliamentarian Gerald Giam of the opposition Workers' Party.Replying to a question from ruling People's Action Party parliamentarian Yip Hon Weng on concerns that Singapore will become a "destination for political fugitives", Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said, "Foreigners who possess a valid travel document and meet entry requirements will be allowed to come into Singapore.
Alberta Health Services no longer requires COVID-19 immunization for its workers -
Alberta Health Services no longer requires COVID-19 immunization for its workers
COVID-19 immunization policy for its workers.The agency says workers, as well as new hires and students, will no longer be required to have at least two vaccine doses.It says vaccines continue to provide strong protection against serious effects from COVID-19, but there is emerging evidence that the shots have become less protective against infection.AHS says COVID-19 vaccines available to date target the original strain of the virus.It says evidence shows that immunization without boosters has limited effectiveness in reducing transmission of the Omicron variants currently circulating. Alberta expects to be vaccinating children under 5 against COVID-19 by end of July The agency says its workforce continues to be required to stay home when sick, wear required personal protective equipment and practise hand hygiene.“The immunization policy was implemented to protect patients, health-care workers and the public at a time during the pandemic when the immunization required by the policy was still effective in preventing transmission and when it was needed most to help contain the spread of COVID-19,” Mauro Chies, the interim president and CEO of AHS, said in a statement Monday.“Policies and procedures have had to constantly evolve during the pandemic to reflect significant changes in the virus itself and the ever-changing evidence base as we continue to protect our people and patients.”Opposition NDP health critic David Shepherd called the move a political decision by the UCP, not a clinical one made by AHS healthcare professionals.“Anyone who is being cared for in a health facility should have the assurance that staff are vaccinated against COVID-19, among many other diseases.