29042021-TT-01.qxd 4/28/2021 11:16 PM Page 1 13 AUSTRALIA TO UPGRADE MILITARY BASES WORLD /thetribunechd chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | vol.141 no.117 | 12 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2021-2023 established in 1881 haryana /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com thursday | 29 april 2021 On first day, 80L register for 18-plus vax despite glitches 6 Opposition-ruled states to delay drive HEAVY-LIFT PLANES IN STATE OF READINESS: IAF The entire fleet of heavy-lift transport planes and a major part of the medium-lift fleet of the IAF is in a state of 24x7 readiness, Air Chief Marshall RKS Bhadauria told PM Narendra Modi at a review meeting. BACK PAGE Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 28 Those aged above 18 rushed to register for vaccination starting from May 1 with 79,65,720 persons visiting the CoWIN portal in the first three hours of its opening amid early glitches. The portal opened for registrations at 4 pm, but did not accept log-in by 18-plus people saying, “valid only for 45plus”. A few minutes later, the government restored the platform tweeting: “CoWIN portal is working. There was a minor glitch at 4 pm that was fixed. 18-plus can register.” “Registration is happening on cowin.gov.in, but appointments will be based on slots made available by the states and private hospitals later,” MAHARASHTRA EXTENDS LOCKDOWN BY 15 DAYS SII CEO POONAWALLA GETS ‘Y’ CATEGORY SECURITY INDIA DECLINES UN AID SUPPLY CHAIN OFFER SHORTAGE PERSISTS: A Covid patient on oxygen provided by NGO Hemkunt Foundation in Gurugram on Wednesday. PHOTO: S CHANDAN FRESH CASES DAILY DEATHS 3,60,960 3,293 the Health Ministry said. Portal chief RS Sharma said around 80 lakh, most of them between 18 and 44 years of age, had already registered for the vaccination. Despite an enthusiastic registration spree and lowering India has declined aid offered by the United Nations of its integrated supply chain for Covid-related material, saying the country has a “robust system” to deal with the required logistics. PTI of Covishield cost for states by the Serum Institute of India continued on page 9 edit: time for leadership Covaxin neutralises double variant: US expert WHO urges India to fill critical gaps in essential med supplies Covishield price for states cut to ~300 New Delhi, April 28 Days after the ICMR announced indigenous Covaxin worked against the SarsCov2 double mutant 617, the US too has endorsed its effectiveness. The mutant, as per the World Health Organisation (WHO), has been found in at least 17 nations. White House chief medical adviser and leading pandemic BIONTECH: HERD IMMUNITY IN EUROPE BY AUG Berlin: Europe can achieve herd immunity within the next four months, head of German pharmaceutical company BioNTech, which developed the first widely approved Covid vax with US partner Pfizer, said on Wednesday. PAGE 10 expert Anthony Fauci said Covaxin, a Bharat Biotech-ICMR vaccine, had been found to neutralise variant 617. The ICMR had on April 21 said Covaxin worked against the double mutant. The WHO, meanwhile, has urged India to fill critical gaps in essential medical supplies. — TNS NEW DELHI: The Serum Institute of India on Wednesday announced a 25 per cent cut in the price of Covishield vaccine for states, saying it will charge them Rs 300 a dose instead of Rs 400 for adult vaccination orders after May 1. The SII has not reduced prices for private hospitals — Rs 600 a dose. — TNS 142succumb in Punjab Hry O2quota up 70 MT Chandigarh, April 28 Punjab reported 142 Covid deaths, the highest-ever singleday toll, in the past 24 hours. As per official figures, 700 patients are on oxygen support and 97 on the ventilator. The total number of Covid deaths in the state stands at 8,772, with over 1,900 deaths between April 1 and 28. Gurdaspur district is the worst-affected with 22 deaths. — TNS IN BRIEF Tejas cleared to carry Python-5 missile DELHI: Indigenously developed light combat aircraft Tejas has been cleared to carry Python-5 air-to-air missile as part of its weapons package that would enhance its combat prowess. — PTI NEW Series of quakes jolt N-E, massive damage GUWAHATI: A series of earthquakes jolted Assam and most of the North-East on Wednesday, causing extensive damage to buildings. There were no immediate reports of deaths. BACK PAGE CBI court convicts woodcutter for Gudiya rape-murder SHIMLA: A CBI special court on Wednesday convicted the lone accused in the Gudiya rape and murder case, an incident that had led to massive outrage in Himachal Pradesh four years ago. The hearing on the quantum of sentence for Anil, alias Nillu, a woodcutter, will take place on May 11. The 16-year-old, referred to as Gudiya after her death, was raped and killed in a forest area in Shimla’s Kotkhai while on her way home from school. INSIDE Chandigarh, April 28 Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar today said the Centre had increased the state’s daily oxygen quota from 162 MT to 232 MT in view of the prevailing Covid situation. “The enhanced quota will come from Odisha,” said Khattar, denying Remdesivir shortage in the state. “I have asked the Health Department to issue guidelines so that there was no unnecessary prescriptions of Remdesivir and Tocilizumab.” Equating the second wave Shift Kerala scribe to Delhi for treatment, SC tells UP Covid test must for candidates to enter counting centres RISING GRAPH 2020 Cases March 46 June 3,305 September 59,894 December 14,431 Jan 2021 6,754 March 57,558 April 1,18,452 Deaths 4 95 1,954 534 234 1,036 1,904 New Delhi, April 28 The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Uttar Pradesh Government to shift ailing Kerala journalist Siddique Kappan from a hospital in Mathura to a hospital in the national capital for treatment. Kappan was arrested under the UAPA on October 5 last year while on way to cover the Hathras incident involving the gang-rape of a Dalit. “We direct the UP Government to shift Kappan to RML Hospital, or AIIMS or any other government hospital. He be transferred back to jail after doctors certify him to have recovered,” a DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO DIE, HC ASKS GOVT The Delhi High Court has said it appeared the Centre wanted people to die as according to the protocol on the use of Remdesivir, the drug was to be given only to those on oxygen support. Bench led by Chief Justice NV Ramana said. As Solicitor General Tushar Mehta requested the Bench to direct a hospital to vacate a bed for a non-Covid patient, the CJI said, “Mr Mehta, you sort it out with the government. Leave it here.” — TNS No shortage of life-saving Remdesivir, says Khattar with a tsunami, he said industrial units would soon be given licence to produce oxygen. continued on page 9 New Delhi, April 28 The Election Commission today said candidates and their agents would not be allowed to enter the counting centres on May 2 unless they have a negative Covid test report or they have taken both doses of vaccine. No public gathering outside the counting venue will be allowed during the process of counting. The counting of votes for Assembly polls in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, besides bypolls of various Assembly and Lok Sabha seats, would begin at 8 am on May 2. — TNS Paracetamol, azithro raw material cost shoots up, pharma cos worried Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Solan, April 28 A sharp rise in the price of raw material of key drugs used in the treatment of Covid over the last few weeks has unnerved manufacturers in the state. Enquiries reveal the rates of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) like paracetamol, ivermectin, doxycycline, azithromycin, LAW GIVING PRIMACY TO L-G ENFORCED BACK PAGE UP TO 300% SURGE IN PRICES Drug Ivermectin Paracetamol Doxycycline Azithromycin maropenem 1 gm, etc., have increased up to 300 per cent. “Ivermectin has seen a price hike from Rs 17,000 per kg to Rs 58,000 per kg while parac- Cost in February ~17,000/kg ~350/kg ~6,000/kg ~8,000/kg Currently ~58,000/kg ~680/kg ~12,000/kg ~11,500/kg etamol has gone up from Rs 350 per kg to Rs 680 per kg. Similarly, doxycycline has jumped from Rs 6,000 per kg continued on page 9
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