Vaccine drive to be affected in Tamil Nadu due to shortage

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Chennai, July 6 | The vaccination drive in many districts of Tamil Nadu is likely to be affected due to the shortage of vaccines. Health department officials informed that on Monday night there were only 50,000 doses of vaccine left in the central pool.

The public health department has already communicated to the union ministry for health and family welfare to send fresh doses to the state as the next quota of vaccine will be available only by July 11.

The officials are planning to provide vaccines only for those who are taking the second dose as several districts have an extreme shortage. A senior official with the state public health department told IANS that the Greater Chennai Corporation is also facing a shortage of vaccines.

With the department conducting massive awareness drives and several celebrities including movie stars, TV stars, sportspersons including cricketers exhorting the public to get vaccinated, there has been a high demand for doses, and in several districts across the state long queues were seen at vaccination centres.

The state of Tamil Nadu, according to health officials vaccinated 1,37,482 people on Monday alone and to date it has vaccinated 1.58 crore people. The July allocation for the state was 71 lakh but as of now, only 10 lakh vaccines have arrived in the state.

Health minister Ma Subramanian had claimed that the state has the capacity to vaccinate 8 lakh people, a day but owing to the shortage of vaccine supply, the state was not able to vaccinate more people.

It is to be noted that Tamil Nadu has started vaccinating pregnant women as well as lactating mothers recently and in districts like Nilgiris, it has achieved 100 per cent vaccination for all the eligible population including the tribals.

In another development, Madurai district is short of Covaxin supply since the past one week leaving those who have taken the first jab of this vaccine, anxious. The first and the second doses of the vaccine are taken at an interval of 4 to 6 weeks.

Dr Manoj Kumaraswamy, an epidemiologist at Madurai while speaking to IANS said, “There is a shortage of vaccines here and Covaxin is to be taken in a gap of 4 to 6 weeks and many people are trying frantically for their second dose. We are expecting supply to resume soon.”

Source: IANS

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New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police has ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Along with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier L.S. Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B. Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots were travelling in the chopper.

Confirming about General Rawat presence, Indian Air Force tweeted, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

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The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld)

New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with 14 others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police have ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Emergency rescue teams have been rushed to the spot.

 Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld)

Confirming about General Rawat’s presence, Indian Air Force said, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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