Coronavirus updates | India coming out of 2nd wave, and will witness strong economic recovery, says Jaishankar

Beneficiaries wait in a queue to check their documents verified for second dose of Covaxin, in New Delhi on July 6, 2021.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

India is coming out of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and it will witness a strong economic recovery and contribute to being an engine of growth for the global economy, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday.

In a virtual address at the inaugural session of the Indo-Pacific business summit, he said India will be a more dynamic and friendlier business destination and it will be part of more reliable and resilient supply chains that the post-Covid world requires.

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Here are the latest updates:


New Zealand approves use of Janssen vaccine

New Zealand said that its health regulator Medsafe has given provisional approval for a coronavirus vaccine developed by Janssen, the pharmaceutical unit of Johnson & Johnson.

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine was approved for individuals 18 years of age and older, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said in an announcement.

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Third wave: Sero survey, city-level expert team planned

With most models predicting the outbreak of the third wave in September-October, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is looking to constitute a team of experts and take up a sero positivity survey at the city level. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the launch of dedicated Anti-Rabies Vaccination (ARV) vehicles on Tuesday, BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta said the civic body had already identified experts who will be part of the committee.

The committee, which is likely to be constituted soon, will be able to guide the civic body in identifying areas that need to be improved in the management of COVID-19, said Mr. Gupta. The sero positivity survey will help the BBMP get an idea of the extent of antibodies prevalent in the city’s population, apart from those who have already tested positive for COVID-19. The BBMP is also working on a plan to upgrade its health facilities.

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‘Choosing Wisely’ task force makes recommendations for patients, HCWs

The Choosing Wisely initiative, started to promote conversations between patients and physicians about avoiding unnecessary medical interventions, has come out with 10 evidence-based recommendations on COVID-19 for the general public and healthcare workers (HCWs).

A paper on the recommendations authored by an 18-member task force of public health experts including C.S. Pramesh from Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai and Giridhar R Babu, who heads Lifecourse Epidemiology at Indian Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru has been published in Nature Medicine on July 5.

The recommendations are related to following precautionary practices to decrease the risk of being infected; measures to be taken if someone has symptoms or has been diagnosed with COVID-19; vaccination; judicious use of drugs and investigations in managing COVID-19 and health systems and policies.

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