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Health Minister Ahmed Naseem: No commitment to signing commercial contract with China for vaccine.

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Health Minister Ahmed Naseem has stated that the Maldives is “not looking at signing any commercial contract with China for vaccine” according to the “Times of India”. This comes following severe shortage of vaccine in the Maldives after India banned its export of Covishield vaccine.

Minister Ahmed Naseem stated in his interaction with the “Times of India” that 228,653 people had been administered the first dose of the Covishield vaccine and that 117,342 people had been administered the second dose of the vaccine. This has meant that 109,737 people has been left without the second dose of the vaccine as India has banned its export of vaccine.

He further stated that some of the people who had received the first dose of the vaccine has already surpassed the 12th week threshold while explaining the effect of the ban on the Maldivian COVID-19 vaccination program.

Health Minister Ahmed Naseem’s comments comes as China has agreed to donated to Nepal and Bangladesh 1 million and 15 million doses respectively while a total of  1.1 million doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine has been donated to Sri Lanka. Maldives itself received 200,000 doses of the vaccine from China.

Moreover, just last week the American Medical Association published in their journal the complete scientific data from the three phases of trials, giving out a verdict that the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine was “safe and exceedingly effective against COVID-19”. Meanwhile China itself has conducted the most successful mass vaccination program against COVID-19 and has kept the spread of the virus under control since May 2020.

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China administers 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

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China has administered 1 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The current vaccination campaign is the largest vaccine drive in the history of China.

Since late March, China has been increasing its vaccination efforts. According to their National health Committee, it took China 25 days to climb from 100 million doses to 200 million doses, 16 days to increase from 200 million to 300 million, and six days from 800 million to 900 million.

According to the Deputy Head of the National Health Committee Zeng Yixin, they aim to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of this year.

A total of 21 COVID-19 vaccines are in clinical trial in China while only three have been granted emergency use within the country.

While China is accelerating its vaccination efforts, it has also been concurrently aiding the rest of the world in providing vaccines. Up till date, they have donated and supplies more than 350 million doses of the vaccines to 80 countries.

China’s top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan stated that “Chinese vaccines are playing an increasingly greater role as the country works to fulfill its commitment of making COVID-19 vaccines a global public good,”.

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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India’s Telangana to lift all COVID-19 restrictions.

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South Indian state of Telangana has announced that it would be lifting COVID-19 restrictions in the state. The announcement stated that the restrictions would be lifted starting today.

According to Telangana state authorities, the restrictions, including night time curfews will be lifted starting today. However, they still urged the people to follow COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing.

The decision was made by a cabinet meeting with Telanganu Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. This comes after the state saw a drop in its number of new positive cases.

However, health professionals have warned that an inevitable third wave of COVID-19 will come to India in the coming months. They have warned to strictly follow health guidelines.

India has recorded over 29 million cases of COVID-19 with over 385,137 deaths.

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