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Kerala nun rape case: Vatican intervenes, orders probe

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Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 15 : The Vatican, the highest seat of authority in Christianity is considering to constitute  a one-member panel to investigate allegations of rape against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar by a 44-year-old nun.There are reports from media agencies  that rape-accused Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal has recused himself from priesthood.

The Vatican has intervened into the  Kerala Nun rape case after the nun had recently sought the urgent intervention of the Vatican for justice and demanded the bishop’s removal as the head of the Jalandhar diocese, questioning why the church was “closing its eyes to the truth” when she had mustered the courage to make public her suffering.

The church representative from India is in Vatican to discuss the issue and  is expecting intervention in the coming days.

 Cardinal Oswald Gracis, who is the current president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in India is likely to head the probe.

Kerala Nun rape case against Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been brought to the notice of the Vatican after she alleged that Bishop Mulakkal was using “political and money power” to “bury” the case against him.

The nun has accused the clergyman of repeated sexual assault between 2014 and 2016. The bishop has, however, dismissed the allegations as “baseless and concocted”, insisting she levelled charges against the Catholic order as it had rejected her demand for favours.

​On Friday, Missionaries of Jesus, the congregation to which both the accused Bishop and the complainant nun belong to, denied all the allegations made against Franco Mulakkal.

 The nun has accused the Bishop of Jalandhar of raping her as many as 13 times while confining her to a guest room at the Kuravilangad convent in Kerala between 2014 and 2016.

An FIR was registered against the bishop and a 114-page detailed statement was taken from the nun and other inmates of the convent.

However, Mulakkal has denied any wrongdoing and termed it a conspiracy hatched against him.

A special investigative team (SIT) is investigating the claims made against the Bishop on the orders of the Kerala High Court.

 

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Delhi reports 51 cases of minor adverse events post vaccination

As many as 1,91,181 people were vaccinated on day one of India’s first phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive.

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Hours after the Health Ministry announced on January 16 that India has reported no case of post-vaccination hospitalisation yet, 51 persons complained of minor adverse events in Delhi. Another person developed severe adverse event following immunization and had to be referred to the AEFI centre.

Out of a total of 4,319 healthcare and frontline workers who were vaccinated on Jnauary 16 in the National Capital, two healthcare workers at NDMC’s Charak Palika Hospital reported mild adverse event post-vaccination including mild tightness in the chest. They were kept under observation by AEFI team and discharged 30 minutes later after they felt at ease. The two other cases were reported from Northern Railway Central Hospital, of which one was referred to the AEFI centre, the Delhi government has informed.

As many as 1,91,181 people were vaccinated on day one of India’s first phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive.

Beneficiaries from 11 states and union territories across India received Covishield or Covaxin shots on the first day of the vaccination drive, namely, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.

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Bharat Biotech to pay compensation if Covaxin causes side-effects

The vaccine maker said in phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials, Covaxin has demonstrated the ability to produce antidotes against COVID- 19

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Hyderabad, January 16: Bharat Biotech, which has received a government purchase order for supply of 55 lakh doses of Covaxin, a COVID-19 vaccine, said the company would pay compensation to recipients in case of any serious adverse effects experienced after receiving the antidote.

In the consent form to be signed by the vaccine recipients, Bharat Biotech said: “In case of any adverse events or serious adverse events, you will be provided medically recognised standard of care in the government designated and authorised centres/hospitals.”

“The compensation for serious adverse event will be paid by sponsor (BBIL) in case if the SAE is proven to be causally related to the vaccine,” the consent form said.

In phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials, Covaxin has demonstrated the ability to produce antidotes against COVID- 19. However, the clinical efficacy of the vaccine was yet to be established and it was still being studied in phase 3 clinical trials, the vaccine maker said.

“Hence it is important to appreciate that receiving the vaccine does not mean that other precautions related to COVID-19 need not be followed,” the consent form said.

According to an industry expert, the company is liable to pay compensation to people in case of serious side effects as the vaccine is being administered while in the clinical trial mode.

The central licensing authority has granted permission for the sale or distribution of Covaxin for restricted use in emergency situations in public interest as an abundant caution, in clinical trial mode.

Meanwhile, Suchitra Ella, joint managing director, Bharat Biotech International Limited, on her Twitter account said: “Covaxin & Bharat Biotech is truly humbled & honoured to be of service to the nation & the fraternity of all first responders of covid who have served public health.” — PTI

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AIIMS security guard reports allergy post COVID vaccination, in hospital care

Delhi has reported 52 adverse events following events of which one is serious and could involve the guard hospitalised today.

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New Delhi, January 16

A 22-year-old security guard at AIIMS, New Delhi reported allergic reaction and is learnt to be in intensive care, moments after the government said there was no post-vaccine hospitalisation.

The 22-year-old guard developed headache, rash, respiratory distress, tachycardia after vaccination. He is in ICU and his condition is stable, hospital sources said.

Delhi has reported 52 adverse events following events of which one is serious and could involve the guard hospitalised today.

All beneficiaries vaccinated at AIIMS got indigenous COVAXIN.

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