Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) on Tuesday rolled out the first consignment of over 56 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine for 13 cities across the country, four days ahead of a massive pan-India inoculation drive against COVID-19. Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the institute, said various countries were in the queue to receive supplies of the vaccine and that he is “trying to keep everyone happy”.
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Delhi BJP President Adesh Gupta informed that he has tested positive for Covid-19 after exhibiting some symptoms and urged those who recently came in contact with him to get tested
The initiative, backed by the populist right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) — Switzerland’s largest party — has lost public support in recent polls.