The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume, will first focus on supplying AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine to Indians before distributing it to other countries, Chief Executive Adar Poonawalla said on Monday.
“It’s very important we take care of our country first, then go on to COVAX after that and then other bilateral deals with countries. So I’ve kept it in that priority,” said Mr. Poonawalla, referencing the global COVAX facility, which has been set up to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries.
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First painting expo post-lockdown begins at Kozhikode art gallery
The Kerala Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery at Mananchira here has been a favourite hangout for artists and art lovers for decades. It was not just art that held them together. It offered a venue for discussions about literature, culture, and politics.
Needless to say, when the facility was closed down by the end of March owing to the pandemic outbreak and subsequent lockdown, the intellectual community suffered.
Hence, when it was reopened eight months down the line, news spread fast. Though not as active as before, the art street near the gallery is once again alive, and ‘Hadikka’, the first exhibition at the gallery post-lockdown, has turned out to be quite a crowd-puller.
Andhra releases fresh schedule for reopening schools
The State government issued a G.O. on Monday revising the dates for reopening of schools under all managements to avoid a flare- up of COVID-19, like it happened in some parts of the country, including Delhi.
The modified dates according to the G.O. issued by Principal Secretary (School Education) B. Rajasekhar are: Class 8 November 23, Classes 6 and 7 December 14 and Classes 1 to 5 after Sankranti.
Further, in view of the winter season, the schools which are now running from 9 a.m. to 1.45 p.m. will be rescheduled from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Lack of clarity on quarantine leave continues
The lack of clarity over quarantine leave for workers in Karnataka continues despite a gazette notification by the Karnataka government on special leave recently.
Instead of providing stricter guidelines, the gazette rather makes an appeal to employers, and one of the suggestions is transferring leave from the account of another employee, who has surplus, if the COVID-19 patient does not have adequate leave in his account.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in many workers losing out on their pay as there was no official clarity to the employers, the State government on November 6 published a special gazette on quarantine leave following a direction from the High Court of Karnataka, which is hearing a writ petition on the issue currently.
The special gazette is an “appeal” to private and public sector employers.
HC rejects plea for another lockdown
The Delhi High Court on Monday declined to entertain a petition to immediately place the Capital under lockdown in view of the rising COVID-19 cases and air pollution levels, saying it was a policy decision.
A Bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan remarked that the petition was filed without doing any homework.
The Bench asked the petitioner, Kaushal Kant Mishra, whether he had studied the reports on ineffectiveness of imposing a lockdown.
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