This edition of the COVID-19 Impact on Indian states & Malaysia covers news articles from August 2, 2021 – August 16, 2021.

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Delhi government reserves 70% vaccine slots for first dose recipients

15th August 2021 | Business Standard

To cover more people in the COVID-19 vaccination drive, the Delhi government issued an order to reserve 70 per cent of vaccination slots of Covishield and Covaxin at state-run facilities for those receiving the first dose. More than 11.5 million vaccine doses have been administered in the national capital, of which 3,266,927 are second doses. First dose proportion of Covishield may be increased from 40 per cent to 70 per cent of the total slots being created and first dose proportion of Covaxin may be increased from 50 per cent to 70 per cent.


Maharashtra government joins hands with private players to speed up free COVID-19 vaccination

6th August 2021 | India Today

The Maharashtra government said that it is tying up with private players to speed up free COVID-19 vaccination. Since there is a directive to utilise vaccine stocks within a limited period, private players are approaching the state government to inoculate the unvaccinated population. The government said that various municipal corporations and zila parishads are tying up with private hospitals to organise inoculation drives as part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The focus is now to vaccinate as many people as possible within a short period. This comes when the demand for paid vaccination in private hospitals is declining. According to a BMC official, the corporation had reached out to different hospitals for assistance in free vaccination. However, only some of them showed interest in helping, especially in slums under CSR initiatives.

Tamil Nadu

Government releases 1.9 million additional COVID-19 vaccine doses for Tamil Nadu

5th August 2021 | Live Mint

The Central Government has released 1.9 million additional COVID-19 vaccines doses to Tamil Nadu for performing well in vaccination, said the Minister for medical and family welfare. Speaking to reporters, the minister said the increase in allotment to Tamil Nadu was on account of the efforts taken by the government.


Karnataka to ramp up vaccination with Centre’s promise of 10 million doses a month

9th August 2021 | The Hindu

The Centre has promised to increase Karnataka’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses from around 6.5 million to 10 million per month. Briefing reporters in Mysuru after holding a COVID-19 review meeting, Chief Minister said Karnataka is currently receiving an average of 6.5 million doses every month. When he met the Union Health Minister during his visit to Delhi and sought an increase in the allocation, he was assured that Karnataka will be receiving 10 million doses from August.


Malaysia’s administered COVID-19 vaccine doses fell to 415,875 on Aug 15; second shot given to 32.9% of population

26th July 2021 | The Edge Markets

Malaysia’s daily number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered fell to 415,875 on August 15, from 442,150 a day earlier, bringing the nation’s cumulative figure of vaccine shots given to recipients to 27.81 million so far since the vaccination scheme started in February 2021. According to the latest updates on Twitter today by the country’s Special Committee for Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV), which cited data from the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF), the country had as of yesterday administered at least the first dose to 52.3% of Malaysia’s population and the second dose to 32.9% of the population. Meanwhile, the country’s cumulative number of administered COVID-19 vaccine doses at 27.81 million as of yesterday comprised 17.08 million first shots and 10.73 million second jabs, according to the CITF. As for the 415,875 vaccine doses administered ON August 15, the daily figure comprised 143,671 first jabs and 272, 204 second shots.

Malaysia grants conditional approval for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

15th August 2021 | Reuters

Malaysia’s Health Ministry said it has granted conditional approval for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. The ministry will continue to evaluate the quality, safety and effectiveness of the vaccine to ensure that its benefits outweigh the risks, said the director-general in a statement.


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