This edition of the COVID-19 Impact on Indian states & Malaysia covers news articles from March 1, 2021 – March 15, 2021.

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COVID-19 vaccine free for all in govt facilities in Delhi

9th March 2021 | Business Today

COVID-19 vaccines will be available for free for all in Delhi at government facilities. The announcement was made by Deputy Chief Minister as he presented the Delhi Budget 2021. He added that USD 6.8 million will be allocated for the vaccination drive in Delhi. Currently, as many as 192 hospitals in Delhi are administering the coronavirus vaccine to people. Out of that 56 are run by the Delhi government. People over 60 years of age and in the age group of 45-59 years with comorbidities are being administered the COVID-19 vaccine. 


Mumbai gets 24×7 vaccine centres to boost COVID-19 vaccination drive

10th March 2021 | India

Private vaccination centres in Mumbai of the COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to operate 24×7, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). As a result, individuals of the 45-plus age group, who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine can get the jab at any time of the day. The BMC noted that with the current vaccination timing of 8-12 hour shift, nearly 35,000-40,000 people are getting vaccinated on a daily basis. After Centre’s approval for 24×7 vaccination at private centers, BMC aims for around 100 thousand vaccination every day. 

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu to give Covaxin to private hospitals

3rd March 2021 | The Times of India

Considering requests from private hospitals and the availability of vaccines, the Tamil Nadu health department has decided to provide Covaxin in minimum doses to private hospitals. The vaccine would be given after obtaining a consent letter from the recipient, the Directorate of Public Health said. The indigenous vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech has been offered in limited government centers until now. The state has received 2.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 277 thousand doses of Covaxin. 


Karnataka to Begin Phase 3 Vaccination from March 1

7th March 2021 | Live Mint

The number of COVID-19 vaccination centers in Karnataka has increased to 3,000 from March 8, Covid-19 vaccination will be provided at about 3,000 centres including Primary Health Centers (PHCs), Taluk Hospitals and District Hospitals and the target is to vaccinate 150 thousand people each day across the state.


Malaysia to receive 100k doses of Sinovac

15th March 2021 | New Straits Times

Malaysia will receive over 183,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) on March 15. Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said there will be 83,070 doses of Pfizer-BionTech and 100,000 of Sinovac.  

Malaysia to continue with AstraZeneca vaccine despite European fears

12th March 2021 | New Straits Times

Malaysia is confident with the careful consideration conducted by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) which has given conditional approval for the use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine in the country. Health Minister said the government has received conditional approval by the NPRA to acquire the vaccine developed by the British-Swedish firm with Oxford University. 


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