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    First PM Modi, then we'll take COVID-19 vaccine, says RJD's Tej Pratap Yadav

    First PM Modi, then we'll take COVID-19 vaccine, says RJD's Tej Pratap Yadav

    First PM Modi, then we'll take COVID-19 vaccine, says RJD's Tej Pratap Yadav
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    By CNBCTV18.com  IST (Published)

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    India has approved two vaccines for emergency use so far -- Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin

    Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tej Pratap Yadav on Friday claimed that he will take COVID-19 vaccines shots only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes the first shot. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine, then we will also take it," Yadav said.
    The remarks come as the second dry run of the vaccine is being conducted across 33 states and union territories in the country on January 8. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also announced that the vaccine will be available soon for citizens. "In short time, India has done well by developing vaccines. In the next few days, in the near future, we should be able to give these vaccines to our countrymen. It will be given to our healthcare professional followed by frontline workers," Vardhan said at a press conference, ANI reported.
    India's drug regulator has approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and the indigenously-developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country.
    The number of cases in India fell below 19,000 for the fifth time in January, taking the country's caseload to 1,04,13,417, while recoveries have surged to 1,00,37,398, according to the Health Ministry. A total of 18,139 new infections were reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,50,570 as 234 more people succumbed to the disease during the same period, data updated at 8 am on Friday showed.
    The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,00,37,398, pushing the national recovery rate to 96.39 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stood at 1.45 percent. Active COVID-19 caseload remained below three lakh for the 18th consecutive day.
    There are 2,25,449 active coronavirus infections in the country, which account for 2.16 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
    With inputs from PTI
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