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MG Motor India Conducts Free Vaccination Drive For Its Employees


MG Motor India has partnered with regional authorities at both the facilities in Gurugram and Halol as well as regional offices to carry out the free vaccination drive.



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The vaccination drive by MG Motor India is voluntary in nature

MG Motor India today commenced the COVID-19 vaccination drive for all its employees. The Chinese-owned British carmaker also confirmed that the vaccination drive is also extended to all direct contractual employees. Additionally, the carmaker also partnered with regional authorities at both the facilities in Gurugram and Halol as well as regional offices to carry out the free vaccination drive. The vaccination offered by the company is completely voluntary. Rajeev Chaba, President & MD, MG Motor India took to Twitter confirming the development of vaccination at the plants.

Also Read: MG Motor India Helps Devnandan Gases To Increase Oxygen Production By 15.2 Per Cent Within A Week​

In his tweet, Rajiv Chaba said, “Good start. On the ‘Vaccination day 1’ in our plant, we covered 400 of our team members! Well done Team and thanks local medical authorities!”

It was last month when MG Motor India had announced that it will cover the COVID-19 vaccination cost for all its employees and it will be over and above the company’s existing medical insurance policy. The carmaker encouraging all its employees to undergo the free vaccination drive. The company has taken this precautionary measure seeing the rising covid cases in the country.

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The vaccination drive is being extended to all the direct contractual employees as well

Also Read: MG Motor India To Cover COVID-19 Vaccination Cost For Its Employees

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As a part of its SEWA initiative, MG Motor India has collaborated with Vadodara-based Devnandan Gases to increase the production of medical oxygen. The company recently reported that the two companies have managed to increase production by 15.2 per cent within a week. MG aims to increase the production capacity by 25 per cent in the next two weeks with the vision of increasing it further to 50 per cent soon.

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G-7 Works on Covid-19 Vaccination Plan after Pleas to Help Developing Countries


The Group of Seven wealthy democracies on Wednesday worked on plans to scale up global Covid-19 vaccinations, as calls mounted for a drastic increase in funding to help developing nations virtually shut out of early efforts. Underscoring the challenges faced, the foreign minister of India — where Covid cases have soared in recent weeks — said he decided to participate in the London meeting virtually after potential exposure to the virus.

India was one of several nations invited by Britain for the first in-person G7 meeting since the pandemic began last year, in an effort to rally democracies in the face of a rising China and assertive Russia. Foreign ministers of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States are setting the agenda for a G7 leaders’ summit next month in Cornwall, southern England, which will mark US President Joe Biden’s international debut as president.

The G7 opened its final day with a session focused on open societies before taking up Covid-19 as well as the fight against climate change. “A really valuable part of the G7 format is to think in the round — what do we need to do to help the most vulnerable countries around the world?” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told reporters.

More than 1.2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered globally, but fewer than one percent in the least developed countries. With support from most wealthy nations, the UN-backed Covax programme is meant to share vaccines with the poorest nations.

But rich countries have also effectively elbowed out Covax in the early stages, striking their own deals with drug manufacturers.

Questions on extra doses

Raab stressed the importance of Covax but said there was an additional question of “what we do about surplus domestic supply”.

The United States could soon be sitting on as many as 300 million extra doses — nearly equivalent to its entire population — due to ongoing contracts with manufacturers and success at home in inoculation campaigns, according to an estimate by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Biden quickly joined Covax after taking office in January, a reversal from the nationalism of his predecessor Donald Trump, and has promised $4 billion for the programme — far more than any other country.

The Biden administration last week also said it would divert 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca jab, which has not been approved in the United States, and provide $100 million in immediate supplies to India.

But Britain’s former prime minister Gordon Brown has said far more is necessary and urged the G7 to provide the bulk of $60 billion that he says is needed over the next two years to vaccinate the whole world.

Brown, who led a 2009 summit of the broader Group of 20 that was credited with helping address the global economic crisis, said wealthy nations should shoulder the cost using a formula based on their national income and the benefits they would enjoy from the resumption of global commerce.

The hefty $60 billion price tag is not charity but “the best insurance policy for the world”, Brown said this week.

The result will be “trillions of additional economic output, made possible when trade resumes in a Covid-free world,” said Brown, who serves a UN special envoy for global education.

IP debate

AstraZeneca and its partners at the University of Oxford have been selling their jab at cost price, hailing it as a “potential vaccine for the world”.

But the Biden administration has sidestepped calls backed by Brown to relax intellectual property rules to allow cheaper shots.

Pharmaceutical companies adamantly oppose such a move, saying it would give less incentive for costly research, while nations pushing to ease restrictions include India — itself a major vaccine manufacturer.

Pfizer, one of the major companies involved in anti-Covid efforts, said Tuesday that it estimates $26 billion in revenue in 2021 from the vaccine.

The United States appears, however, to support some sharing of vaccines after some Biden aides initially argued for keeping a stockpile to respond to potential needs later for booster shots or the approval of vaccines for children.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is taking part in the talks in London, last month promised that the United States would soon be in a position to supply vaccines overseas.

In an implicit criticism of Chinese and Russian efforts, Blinken said, “We won’t trade shots in arms for political favours. This is about saving lives.”

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President Biden announces new plan to increase vaccinations in rural communities


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Radhika Madan takes her first dose of COVID vaccine, urges all to take precaution at vaccination centers : Bollywood News


The third phase of COVID vaccination kicked off on May 1 with people above the age of 18 becoming elgible to take the jab. Bollywood actress Radhika Madan got vaccinated against the corona virus and has urged her fans and followers to register with a social media post.

Radhika Madan gets vaccinated against Covid, urges everyone to register

In her latest post, Radhika Madan shared a picture of herself getting vaccinated saying, “One step at a time ????#Vaccinated. I urge everyone to get themselves registered and get their shot and please take full precautions at the vaccination centers. Wear double mask, sanitize your hands, maintain distance and don’t panic. Don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep the day before and stay well hydrated
#FightCorona”.

Several Bollywood actors are constantly striving to create awareness against Covid as well as offering assistance in arranging necessities via their social media.

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Over 16 Crore Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Administered in India: Govt


The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 16 crore with nearly 11.5 lakh doses administered till 8 pm on Tuesday, the health ministry said. It said 2,29,999 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group received the first dose of the vaccine on Tuesday. A total of 6,62,619 people in this age group have so far received the first dose across 12 states and Union territories.

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 16,04,18,105, according to a provisional report compiled at 8 pm. “India also administered more than 13 crore (13,00,03,225) doses as the first dose and more than three crore (3,04,14,880) vaccine doses as the second dose,” the ministry said.

The beneficiaries include 94,61,633 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose, 63,20,945 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,35,59,294 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose, 73,21,052 FLWs who have taken the second dose and 6,62,619 in the 18-44 age group who have taken the first dose. The 6,62,619 individuals aged 18-44 years include1,61,000 from Gujarat,1,26,514 from Rajasthan,1,11,231from Maharashtra, 99,252 from Haryana, 79,975 from Delhi, 51,236 from Uttar Pradesh and13,526 from Odisha.

Besides,5,33,76,589 and43,99,995 beneficiaries in the 45-60 age group have received the first and the second dose of the vaccine respectively, while5,29,43,090 and 1,23,72,888 beneficiaries above 60 years have taken the first and the second dose respectively. On the 109th day of the vaccination drive (Tuesday), the country administered nearly 11.5 lakh vaccine doses (11,49,009) till 8 pm — 6,15,220 beneficiaries vaccinated for the first dose, 5,33,789 for the second dose — the ministry said, adding that the final report for the day would be compiled by late night.

The vaccination exercise as a tool to protect the most vulnerable population groups in the country from COVID-19 continues to be regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, the ministry said.

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Karnataka Declares Journalists as Frontline Workers, to be Vaccinated on Priority Basis


The Karnataka government on Tuesday decided to treat journalists as frontline COVID warriors and inoculate them on a priority basis. “We will treat journalists as frontline workers and vaccinate them on a priority basis,” Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa told reporters after a special cabinet meeting to control the growing COVID cases in the state.

He, however, appealed to journalists not to cover incidents in a manner that it created fear among people.

“There is a health emergency situation in the state as well as the country. It is the responsibility of the media

to point out flaws and shortcomings but showing one issue continuously will create fear among people,” Yediyurappa

pointed out.

The cabinet decided to import five lakh doses of Remdesivir injection and also one lakh oxygen concentrators.

The Chief Minister also warned those black-marketing Remdesivir drug by colluding with company officials, their agents and middlemen.

The cabinet also decided to appoint ministers to supervise the oxygen and Remdesivir supply, bed availability

and COVID Call centres and war rooms, the Chief Minister said.

According to him, the district in-charge ministers have been asked to camp in their respective district and have

been given full authority to bring COVID cases under control.

“In order to procure more oxygen and Remdesivir drug we are constantly in touch with the Central government,” the Chief Minister said, adding, more number of COVID care centres would be opened in the districts.

Suitable action would be taken to appoint doctors and nursing staff for COVID control, he added.

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Sonalika Tractors Initiates Vaccination Drive For Its Employees And Dealer Partners


Sonalika Tractors began a vaccination drive for its employees, channel partners and teams in April 2021 and the initiative already saw vaccines administered to more than 5,400 employees till date. The company aims to vaccinate its entire workforce by the end of May 2021.



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Sonalika Tractors began a vaccination drive for its employees, dealer staff and channel partners last month and now reports that the initiative has already helped over 5,400 people get vaccinated, regardless of age. Sonalika hopes to vaccinate its entire workforce by the end of May 2021. The company said it will bear the full expense of the vaccinations as well.

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Raman Mittal, Executive Director, Sonalika Group, said, “India is witnessing one of the worst times in its history and it is time that we all join hands together to support our country rise up again. Today, everyone’s health is of prime importance and vaccination would help to win the war against the current challenging situation, where sales stand today to be secondary. As a responsible corporate entity, we have initiated vaccination drive last month targeting to cover each and every employee, channel partner and their team to win over the current, tougher 2nd wave of the pandemic.

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In other news, Sonalika Tractors sold 9,130 units in April 2021 and while it may seem to be a staggering growth of over 800 per cent over April 2020, it needs to be noted as an anomaly as the government had put an unprecedented lockdown last year, as India battled the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. To put the sales figures in perspective, Sonalika registered a drop of 30.26 per cent in sales in April 2021, compared to 13,093 units sold in March 2021. Sales last month saw a drop as India is reeling under a second wave of the pandemic which is far deadlier than before and that resulted in many states have imposed lockdowns of varying degree.

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Above 45 and Taking Your Second Covid-19 Jab in Mumbai? Here’s All You Need to Know


After a gap of four days, the BMC will restart the vaccination process for the age group of 45 plus in Mumbai on Tuesday. However, it will be only for those who have their second dose lined up. The vaccination of this age group was halted due to lack of jabs. On Tuesday, Mumbaikars and frontline health workers, who have the second dose lined up, can walk into any of the 60 centres designated by the BMC.

No prior appointment will be required for all those who will go for the second dose. “Yes, walk-in facility will be allowed, but people will need to carry the certificate of the first dose of vaccination or the SMS,” a BMC official said.

The BMC has appealed to people to check the availability of vaccines at these centres before going.

Mahim and Dharavi vaccination centres will resume their vaccination drive at 8 am and 9 am respectively, said additional municipal commissioner Kiran Dighavkar.

The vaccination process for the age group of 18 to 44 will continue as per schedule, the BMC has clarified. This phase started in Maharashtra on May 1. It is token vaccination. The BMC has been vaccinating almost 2,500 people in the age group of 18 to 44 on a daily basis.

Daily COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra dropped below 50,000 to 48,621 on Monday for the first time in the last 30 days, taking the tally to 47,71,022. With 567 more patients succumbing to the viral infection, the overall toll mounted to 70,851, the state health department said. On April 3, Maharashtra had reported 49,447 infections. On April 1 and 2, 43,183 and 47,827 cases were added, respectively. The state had reported an average of 60,000 cases in most of April.

Mumbai also reported the lowest single-day count since mid-March with 2,662 new cases and 78 fresh deaths, the city civic body said. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s updated data, with the addition of 2,662 infections, the COVID-19 caseload in the metropolis rose to 6,58,866, while the death toll jumped to 13,408.

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European Union Mulls Easing Travel Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated Tourists from Next Month


Europe is looking at easing travel restrictions on foreign tourists as early as next month, if they are fully vaccinated or come from a country with Covid under control, officials said Monday.

The European Commission is recommending EU member states agree to restart the bloc’s vital tourist industry in time for the European summer after a wipe-out season last year when travel plummeted worldwide.

“Time to revive the EU tourism industry and for cross-border friendships to rekindle — safely,” commission chief Ursula von der Leyen tweeted.

But there are caveats. Brussels is seeking to ensure the EU’s rapidly accelerating vaccination rollout is not threatened by new virus variants, and that there is reciprocity for Europeans going abroad.

The commission statement said vaccinated people arriving in the EU on “non-essential travel” would need to have received EU-approved jabs, currently those from BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Even if they are fully immunised — meaning having received two doses, except for the single-jab Johnson & Johnson vaccine, then waiting two weeks for them to be fully effective — EU countries can still require Covid tests, quarantine or even both.

Then there is an “emergency brake” allowing EU countries to halt arrivals from where a “variant of concern or interest is detected”, such as those spreading in Brazil, India and South Africa.

“Even vaccinated persons would be subject to the travel restrictions coming from these countries subject to this emergency brake,” said a commission spokesman, Adalbert Jahnz.

Infection rate

In terms of how the EU would judge whether other countries are doing a good enough job in curbing Covid, the key metric would be their infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants averaged over two weeks.

An EU official involved in drafting the recommendation told journalists an old threshold of 25 infections per 100,000 fixed nearly a year ago would be raised to 100 to reflect “a different reality” because of increasing vaccinations.

Consequently, the EU’s list of acceptable countries could expand from seven at the moment — Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand; and China with a thus-far-unmet reciprocity condition — to many more.

Last week, von der Leyen told the New York Times she expected many Americans to be able to return to the EU as tourists for summer, given the US vaccination programme.

European countries are keen to welcome back big-spending American tourists under the eased travel restrictions, though the EU official speaking to journalists said the US must first “put its own house in order”.

He said he hoped to see “a gradual convergence” of vaccine certificate registration in the US to overcome the current fragmented situation of US states issuing many different certificates, making verification difficult internationally.

The International Tourism Organisation and the World Health Organization (WHO) were working on certification that would be accepted globally, he noted.

UK ‘question mark’

Closer to Europe, there is a “question mark” about how former EU member Britain, which has strained relations with Brussels post-Brexit, might benefit from the bloc’s easing of rules.

The EU official acknowledged that “the figures for the UK are good”, with a vaccination rollout that got a head start on the EU’s and a relatively low infection rate.

But, he stressed, there is “the issue of reciprocity”, which will have to be mulled over collectively by the EU member states.

Britain currently requires arrivals from countries other than EU member Ireland, with which it shares a common travel arrangement, to quarantine.

The British government this week is to give a list of countries it deems acceptable for travel to without quarantine, but is expected to keep many EU countries on its quarantine list.

Russian, Chinese jabs excluded

While the European Commission recommendation talks about vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, it says other Covid-19 vaccines accepted by the WHO for emergency-use jabs may be added later.

As it stands, though, neither Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine nor ones made by China would be included, excluding jabs that are used in dozens of lower-income countries.

That goes in the same direction of the EU’s planned “digital green certificate” which is also to be launched next month for Europeans to be able to travel more freely within the bloc.

That document will not only show the vaccination status of the bearer, but also recent negative Covid test results, and immunity acquired while recovering from a Covid infection.

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Mumbai to Resume Vaccinating 18+ From Tomorrow; Special Drive-in Facility for Seniors in the Works


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The mass vaccination drive in Mumbai had taken a hit soon after shortage of shots was reported from several places.

As Mumbai is set to resume vaccination for all above the age of 18 from tomorrow, the BMC has started drive-in vaccination facilities at certain places across Mumbai to help senior citizens. The elderly people can get vaccinated in the parking lot and drive out. One such vaccination facility has been made functional at Kohinoor Public Parking for people above the age of 45 from Tuesday 10 am. Specially abled citizens above the age of 45 and elderly people who have mobility issues can get vaccinated here, according to officials.

Meanwhile, vaccination centres at Dharavi and Mahim will resume the drive-in facility tomorrow. The mass vaccination drive in Mumbai had taken a hit soon after shortage of shots was reported from several places.

Maharashtra emerged to be covid hotspot in India during the first and the second wave, However, the numbers have started showing gradual downward trend over the past few days, owing to weeks of lockdown-like restrictions and stricter curbs. As per the BMC’s data, a total of 54,90,241 tests have been conducted so far in Mumbai.

Mumbai’s overall infection tally stood at 6,56,204 as of May 2 and the death toll 13,330, as per the civic

body. There are 57,342 active patients in the Maharashtra capital as of Sunday.

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