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Mehbooba calls PDP meet as Abdullah says ready to tie up with BJP

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Sensing good opportunity to be part of  Jammu and Kashmir  government, Farooq Abdullah gave a new twist to the state politics by saying National Conference  is open for alliance with  BJP after which PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti  hurriedly  called  a meeting of senior leaders on Sunday .

PDP and BJP had entered into post poll alliance to form the coalition government headed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. But with the sudden death of Sayeed on 7 January  and Mehbooba  and the state still in mourning , Jammu and Kashmir has been under president’s rule since January 9 as neither PDP nor BJP staked claimed for forming the government.

PDP insiders have  said that  After mourning period , Mehbooba will be able to rule Jammu and Kashmir  as right now “She is not in a proper frame of mind.”

Mehbooba Mufti is chairing the meet of  ‘extended core group’ of PDP .The meeting will be attended by party MPs, former ministers, and the senior party office bearers.

The meeting has been called in the backdrop of reports that Mehbooba is unhappy over a variety of issues with BJP, a party with which Mufti ran a coalition government for 10 months after tying up following a hung verdict in assembly elections.

The issues believed to be nagging the PDP leadership range from Sayeed not being given proper respect when he passed away in Delhi on January 7 to meagre flow of funds from the Centre to the state, which is now under a spell of governor’s rule.

In the 87-member Assembly, PDP has 27 MLAs while BJP has 25 legislators.

As uncertainty loomed large over the continuance of PDP-BJP alliance, National Conference (NC) leader Farooq Abdullah said on Saturday his party is ready to consider a tie-up with the BJP for government formation if such an offer is received.

“If such a proposal comes, then NC will call a Working Committee (meeting) and debate over it. If such a situation arises, NC can think over it as we have not closed the doors. Our doors are open,” he told reporters in Jammu.

Abdullah, whose party had earlier been a part of NDA, said, “NC never shies away from its role. In 1996 when nobody was ready for election, we came forward.”

The former chief minister said, “..uncertainty is not good for the state and the situation would benefit our enemies.” While attacking PDP, he added, “Uncertainty has been created by PDP as BJP is ready to form the government and God knows what PDP is thinking, I hope they end this and the government would continue.”

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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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