Data from the Union ministry of health and family welfare shows the central government received a total of 1,194 applications from families of healthcare workers who died due to Covid-19 infections seeking life insurance benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana. The maximum applications were received from Maharashtra.
The US health regulators again extended the expiration dates on Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, providing health workers with six more weeks to use millions of doses of the shot. Bhutan has fully vaccinated 90% of its eligible adult population within just seven days, its health ministry said.
In a letter to J&J, the Food and Drug Administration stated that the shots remain safe and effective for at least six months when properly stored and refrigerated. It’s the second time the FDA has extended the shelf life on the vaccines since June. When first authorized in February, the FDA said the vaccines could be stored for three months at normal refrigeration levels. Meanwhile, health authorities in many states had recently warned that they could be forced to throw out thousands of doses of the one-shot vaccine without an extension.
Meanwhile, serosurvey by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has revealed that at least two-thirds of the population surveyed in 11 states were found to have developed coronavirus antibodies. It was done between June 14 and July 6. Madhya Pradesh leads the chart with 79 per cent seroprevalence, while…