NewDelhi: India has reported 16,946 new COVID-19 cases and 198 more deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country reached 1,05,12,093, while the death toll reached 1,51,727. As many as 17,652 people recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recovered cases to 1,01,46,763.
If need arises, COVID-19 vaccine will be provided for free to people of Delhi: CM
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has said he appealed to Centre that COVID-19 vaccination should be provided free of cost to all, adding Delhi government would do it for people of Delhi if Centre doesn't. "If need arises, the vaccine will be provided for free to people of Delhi," Kejriwal stated. "I request everyone to not spread misinformation about...vaccine," he added.
India wants Pfizer to do local study before approval: NITI Aayog member
Any vaccine maker, including Pfizer that has sought emergency-use authorisation for its COVID-19 shot in India, must conduct a local study to be considered for the immunisation programme, NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul said. Pfizer was the first company to seek emergency-use approval in India, but didn't attend meetings called by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, Reuters reported.