The first man to get the COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial has shuffled off this mortal coil.
In a statement issued ahead of the weekly federal vaccine rollout briefing on Thursday, Anand said that Moderna will be sending 500,000 doses the week of May 31, coming in two parts.
"We are examining the request (for indemnity) and we will take a decision in the larger interest of people and on merit".
After extending the recommended timeline between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines to cover as many people as possible earlier on in the pandemic, B.C. health officials have now shortened the gap again.
The government had amended provisions to waive off the trial requirement altogether for the well-established vaccines manufactured in other countries and that no application of any foreign manufacturer for approval is pending with the drugs controller, he said, adding, "We need to understand that buying vaccines internationally is not similar to buying "off the shelf" items".
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The city sits 56th in the league table of highest rates in the country, with a rate of 31.1 cases per 100,000 people. Now the programme is delivering about 30,000-35,000 a week with more than 380,00 having had their first jab.
"The booster dose builds on the antibodies and the cell response that you get from your first dose and provides more durable and longer-lasting protection", she said.
Meanwhile, the daily COVID-19 positivity rate in India has reduced and now stands at 9.42 per cent, while the recoveries continue to outnumber the new cases for the 13th consecutive day, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.
The province previously required 16 weeks between doses, in an effort to get more first doses into the arms of British Columbians faster. Seniors, Indigenous people, and people who identify as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) will be prioritized, with invitations already going out to those who are eligible.
"I am so pleased to be getting the COVID vaccine today and really proud that it is one that was invented in Oxford", said Brian Pinker, a kidney dialysis patient who received the jab in early January. Agarwal said based on how much they can supply to India, the Centre would ensure and facilitate supplies of vaccine at state level. NanaimoNewsNOW reports local verified data from Island Health. "They have said that they will deal with the Government of India alone", Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said on Monday.