Nasal Vaccine From Today, Hospital Drills


Nasal Vaccine From Today, Hospital Drills - Preparations Top Gear: 10 Facts

The R number (how many people a patient can infect) in China is 16, the Center said.

New Delhi:
Hospitals across the country will hold drills from Tuesday in view of the surge in Covid cases in some countries, the union Health Ministry said today, adding that it is preparing new guidelines for Christmas and the New Year.

Here’s a 10-point guide to this great story:

  1. “The pandemic is not over yet. During the holidays, it is essential to create awareness to comply with the appropriate behaviors against Covid,” said the Ministry of Health.

  2. Bharat Biotech’s intranasal Covid vaccine has been approved by the Union Health Ministry as a booster dose for those above 18 years of age for inclusion in the vaccination programme, official sources said today. Those who have taken Covishield and Covaxin can take the nasal vaccine as a heterologous booster dose.

  3. The needle-free vaccine will be available in private centers. It will be launched on the Co-WIN platform on Friday evening, sources said. The nasal vaccine — BBV154 — received approval from India’s Drug Controller General in November as a booster dose limited to emergency use for those 18 and older.

  4. “There has been a trend – COVID starts spreading from China, Korea, Brazil and then reaches South Asia. It has reached India in 20-35 days. We have to be vigilant,” the Health Ministry said, adding 10. counties are contributing 81.2% of global cases. Japan is at the top of the list, he said. The R number (how many people a patient can infect) in China is 16, he added.

  5. Citing researchers, the health ministry said the outbreak could be attributed to weak vaccinations, low vaccination rates, lack of natural immunity and the sudden rise of the faithful.

  6. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will meet the health ministers of the states and Union Territories amid increasing cases of Covid in some parts of the world. The meeting will be held via video conference today at 3:00 p.m.

  7. The Center has also issued guidelines for international arrivals this morning, which will be effective from tomorrow. All travelers should be fully vaccinated according to their country’s approved vaccination schedule, he said.

  8. The use of masks and social distancing will be required on flights and at airport entry and exit points. Passengers with symptoms will be isolated and separated from other passengers and transferred to an isolation facility for follow-up treatment.

  9. Upon arrival, approximately two percent of all passengers on the flight will be randomly tested at the airport. On each flight, these passengers will be identified by the airlines in question (preferably from different countries), the guidelines say. They will present the samples and then they will be allowed to leave the airport.

  10. India also has the presence of a sub-variant of the Omicron variant, called the BF.7, which is fueling a new surge in China. His four cases have been in India: the first in July and the last in November. Overall cases in India remain relatively low, at less than 200 per day these days.

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