Britain’s Pfizer Vaccine:
Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) became the first nation in the world to approve the corona aka Covid-19 vaccine last week. The vaccine is developed by Germany’s BioNTech and Pfizer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) are still assessing the data for the trial.
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there had been two reports of anaphylaxis and one report of a possible allergic reaction since the rollout began. MHRA Chief Executive June Raine has issued following statement:
“Any person with a history of anaphylaxis to a vaccine, medicine or food should not receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine ……….. Most people will not get anaphylaxis and the benefits in protecting people against COVID-19 outweigh the risks… You can be completely confident that this vaccine has met the MHRA’s robust standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.”
What is anaphylaxis shock?
The Serum Institute of India (SII) is being sued.
A volunteer engaged for the trial of Corona vaccine has sued SII seeking damages of Rs 5 crore from SII. Accordiing to the legal notice the 40-year-old male volunteer developed serious neurological impairment after the under-trial vaccine was administered to him.
Yesterday Serum Institute (SII) counter-sued the aforesaid volunteer (who developed an adverse event following the administration of the Oxford vaccine in a late-stage trial in India) SII has termed the volunteer’s legal notice “malicious and misconceived” and it sought “damages in excess of Rs 100 crore” for maligning the reputation of the company.
SII had not made any public disclosure:
Cold Chain is not a big problem in India:
Rumours are spread by the media in India and abroad that India is a big and poor country. How will it manage Cold Chain required for preserving the Vaccine? Is this misinformation aimed at creating panic? There are no easy answers. But India does not have this problem.
Requirement of Cold Chain:
It is true that all the vaccines Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik-V and Moderna require a temperature of anywhere between minus 18 degrees to minus 90 degrees Celsius, except for the vaccine being developed by Oxford University-AstraZeneca, which can be stored in normal household refrigerators with a temperature range of 2 degrees to 8 degrees Celsius.
As usual the media has being crying hoarse that poor India does not have capability of cold chain required for transportation of vaccine.
Cold Chain capability of India:
Shashi Tharoor is member of parliament from Thiruvantpuram, the capital of State of Kerala and he is very dissatisfied with the performance of India in Corona Pandemic. His party i.e. rules Punjab where the death toll is highest. The case fatality rate, as it is known, in Punjab is over 3% approx. as against national average of 1.5% approx. The learned MP had granted his constituency Oxyzen concentrators, though the same have not been delivered till recently. See this tweet:
Precarious Finances of Kerala
Kerala is facing a record fiscal deficit following the economic crisis triggered by the Covid pandemic. As per the evaluation made for the first quarter of the current financial year, the state’s fiscal deficit stood at 112.9 per cent which comes to the tune of 10,578 crores. It also pointed out that if financial assistance from the Centre including GST compensation if not received immediately, the state could plunge into a deep financial crisis in the coming days.
Impropriety in Governance:
English rendering of PM’s address to the nation dated 21st October 2020:
My dear countrymen!
We, all the Indians have come a long way in the fight against Corona, since the Janata curfew till today. With time, the economic activities also seem to have picked up gradually. Most of us are stepping out of our homes every day to discharge our responsibilities and to give momentum to life again. In this festive season, the hustle and bustle of the markets is gradually returning. But we must not forget that even though the lockdown has been lifted, the virus is still present. We must not allow the stable situation that India has been able to achieve in the last 7-8 months with the effort of every Indian to deteriorate. We have to improve further.
Today the recovery rate in the country has improved a lot and the fatality rate is low. In India, about 5500 people per 10 lakh population have contracted coronavirus, while in countries like America and Brazil, this figure is close to 25,000. In India, the death rate is 83 per 10 lakh people, while in many countries like America, Brazil, Spain and Britain, this figure is more than 600. India is succeeding in saving the lives of more and more of its citizens compared to the resource-rich countries of the world. Today, more than 90 lakh beds are available for Corona patients in our country. There are 12,000 Quarantine Centres. There are around 2000 labs for corona testing. The number of Tests conducted in the country will soon cross the 10 crore mark. The increasing number of tests has been a major strength in our fight against the Covid pandemic.
Our doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, security personnel and other people are serving such a large population selflessly following the mantra of ‘Seva Parmo Dharma’. Amidst all these efforts, this is not the time to be careless. This is not the time to assume that the corona is not there anymore, or that there is no danger from the corona now. In recent times, we have all seen various pictures and videos in which it is clear that many people have now stopped taking precautions, or have become too careless. This is not good at all. If you are careless and are walking out without a mask, then you are putting yourself, your family, your children, and the elderly in a lot of trouble. Keep in mind, be it America or the countries in Europe, Corona cases were declining in these countries, but suddenly the cases are increasing again, that too alarmingly.
Friends, Sant Kabirdas Ji has said- पकी खेती देखिके, गरब किया किसान। अजहूं झोला बहुत है, घर आवै तब जान। That means, often we become extremely confident that the work is done just by looking at the ripe crop. But till the harvest comes home, the work should not be considered accomplished. This is what Kabirdas has said. That is, do not be negligent until success is attained.
Until the vaccine against this virus is available, we must not let our fight with Corona weaken even for once. After several years we are seeing that the work is being done all over the world on a war footing to save humanity. Many countries are working towards it. Scientists of our country are also working hard for vaccine. Work is underway on several corona vaccines currently in India. Some of these are at advanced stages. The situation seems to be reassuring.