India in contact with Russia over Sputnik 5 Covid vaccine

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 25

India is in communication with Russia over the lately accredited and registered Sputnik 5 vaccine, the federal government mentioned on Tuesday.

“Countries are in communication. Initial information has been shared and some detailed information is awaited,” Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned right this moment.

He additionally mentioned as on date 172 member nations of the UN had joined COVAX, the multilateral vaccine procurement system developed by the WHO with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiative and world vaccine large GAVI.

“COVAX pools the vaccine requirement and supply situation of member nations and has so far done this in respect of nine vaccine candidates under development,” mentioned Bhushan noting that whereas testing in India had risen exponentially touching 3,68,25,520 right this moment, the cumulative positivity price of COVID is definitely declining.

On August 13 after we performed 2,68,45,688 checks the COVID positivity price was 8.93 laptop and on August 25 with practically 3.6 crore checks the positivity price is down to eight.60 laptop.

“While the tests have risen exponentially there is a steady decline in the positivity rate,” mentioned Bhushan noting as vastly constructive the truth that out of 31,67,323 COVID circumstances right this moment, 24,04,585 have recovered leaving 70,438 individuals on administration.

Recovery price is now 75.92 per cent and recoveries are 3.four instances energetic circumstances which make up solely 22.24 laptop of complete COVID circumstances.

“In the last 24 hours we have seen a record reduction of active cases. Among the active cases, 2.70 pc are on oxygen support, 1.92 pc in ICU and 0.29 pc on ventilators,” the Health Secretary mentioned.

Gender evaluation reveals out of all 58,390 individuals who have died to this point, 69 per cent are males and 31 per cent females.

Age clever, 51 laptop deaths are in plus 60 years, 36 laptop in 45 to 60 years, 11 per cent in 26 to 44 years and one laptop every in 18 to 25 years and underneath 17 years.

Among high achievements the federal government cited right this moment was the rise in testing from 363 per million on August 1 to 609 per million right this moment.

Case fatality price has dropped to 1.84 per cent attributable to early detection from aggressive testing, mentioned ICMR DG Balram Bhargava.

He mentioned India had gone from one take a look at on January to 1 million this week and price of take a look at kits had fallen from RS 2,000 per package in January to Rs 300 now attributable to large indigenous capability improvement.

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