This edition of the COVID-19 Impact on Indian states & Malaysia covers news articles from June 7, 2021 – June 21, 2021.

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Roll out of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine delayed in Delhi hospitals

20th June 2021 | First Post

The rollout of Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V at Indraprastha Apollo and Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital in Delhi has been delayed for some days. A spokesperson of Apollo Hospitals said the facility in Delhi will tentatively start administering the two-dose vaccine by 25 June. According to an official of Madhukar Rainbow Children’s Hospital, there is a delay on the part of the suppliers. Fortis Healthcare, which had said it would make Sputnik V available at its Gurgaon and Mohali hospitals, also has not started administering the Russian vaccine so far.


Maharashtra begins vaccination drive for 30-44 age group

18th June 2021 | News 18

Maharashtra begins COVID-19 vaccination drive for people aged between 30-44 years from June 19. The required changes will be made in the CoWin app according to the new drive. Till now, people from this age bracket could only get vaccinated at the private centres. The Central government had allowed prioritising of vaccines amid a limited supply. The state had provided free vaccines for 18-44 age group from May 1 to May 12, before it stopped the drive to prioritise those due for the second dose.

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu to receive 616 thousand doses of COVID-19 vaccine

15th June 2021 | Business Line

A total of 616,660 doses of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive in Chennai. Serum Institute will be dispatching 497,640 doses of Covishield and Bharat Biotech will send 119,020 doses of Covaxin, says an alert by the State Health Department.


Karnataka’s vaccine drive for those travelling abroad to begin on June 22 in Bengaluru

20th June 2021 | The News Minute

The vaccination drive for students and professionals who are travelling abroad, and sportspersons travelling to Tokyo for the Olympics will start from June 22 at Bengaluru City University Campus. Beneficiaries in this category will receive their second dose 28 days after receiving the first dose of the Covishield vaccine. This is the second such drive being arranged for the students and employees going abroad. The first drive was conducted at the same venue during the first week of June and around 1,500 people got vaccinated. A two-day vaccination camp was organised for over 2,000 sportspersons of Karnataka at Sri Kanteerava Stadium on June 10 and 11.


SPM, STPM students given priority for vaccination

18th June 2021 | The Straits Times

Parents have expressed relief over the government’s decision to inoculate students sitting for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) examinations against COVID-19. They said the vaccination exercise, to be carried out next month, would provide opportunity for the students to be present in physical classes.

Malaysia approves Pfizer jab for Teens, CanSino and J&J COVID-19 vaccines

15th June 2021 | Code Blue

Malaysia’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children aged 12 years and above, after previously approving the shot for adults.  The Drug Control Authority (DCA) under the NPRA has also issued conditional registration for emergency use of two single-dose coronavirus vaccines by China’s CanSino Biologics and the United States’ Johnson & Johnson. The government to date has ordered 44.8 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine — which cover 22.4 million people, or about 70 per cent of the Malaysian population on its two-dose regimen —   as well as 3.5 million CanSino doses. The government is yet to reveal the order details of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine from COVAX.


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