US, Canada set to discuss lifting of border restrictions

Ross Houston
June 16, 2021

In a shocking revelation at a time when there is vaccine shortage in the country, only 17.05 per cent of the total vaccines received from the Centre were used by the private hospitals in May, says government data.

According to the University of Oxford's Our World Data report, as of Monday Canada led the world's larger nations in the percentage of first doses delivered to an adult population at 65 per cent.

Red flags are flying for federal health officials following reports of heart inflammation in some adolescents who have been getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Meanwhile, more than 1.05 crore vaccine doses at 1,05,61,861 are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.

Experts believe high prices at private hospitals in comparison to government-run hospitals and vaccine hesitancy could be the likely reason for people staying away.

Earlier this month, the government fixed the maximum price that private hospitals can charge for Covid vaccines amid opposition allegations of profiteering. However, the government termed such claims as unfair and said that they do not match the data available with us. This includes taxes as well as a 150-rupee service charge for the hospitals.

The minimum period between the first and second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna anti-Covid vaccine will now be 21 days, French health minister Olivier Véran announced on Tuesday.

In government-run institutions, vaccines will be provided for free to all eligible persons.

Some states including Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have administered over 10 lakh beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group for the first dose of coronavirus vaccine.

According to the premier, many details of the federal government's plan to reopen borders remain unclear, like if Canada will require proof of vaccination for global travellers entering the country.

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