LIVE UPDATES: UK to start mass vaccinations for COVID-19 from next week; day’s other big stories


The UK can start mass vaccinations for COVID-19 from as early as next week as it approved the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. The UK has become the first country in the world to start mass vaccinations. As many as 8 lakh doses of vaccines will arrive in the country in the next few days. Authorities in the country have decided to administer the vaccine to the elderly population and the frontline healthcare workers on priority.

The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine, which is enough to cover the country’s 20 million adults. The bulk of the vaccination will take place in 2021. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to not get carried away by the excitement of the news.

Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccines with 95% success rate are being produced in Belgium and will be transported to the UK in -70C temperature.

Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been developed in a record 10 months as opposed to 10 years that it usually takes to develop such vaccines.

More than 10 lakh people have died globally ever since the pandemic originated from China.

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

18:12 PM: Karnataka Agriculture Minister B C Patil: Farmers who commit suicide are cowards. Only a coward who can’t take care of his wife and children commits suicide. When we have fallen (in the water), we have to swim and win. (PTI)

17:17 PM: Republic TV Chief #ArnabGoswami files two application before Bombay High Court seeking stay of all further proceedings including filing of charge-sheet in the #AnvayNaik Abetment to Suicide Case. (Live Law)

17:11 PM: The #SupremeCourt directed Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund (FTMF) to initiate the process of meeting and taking votes of unit-holders, within a week from Thursday, and get their consent on winding up of its six debt schemes. (IANS)

16:31 PM: A local Kabaddi team from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district of Punjab reaches Singhu at Delhi-Haryana border to participate in farmers’ protest. “We also hail from families of farmers,” says team coach Jaskaran Kaur. (ANI)

15:55 PM: The #SupremeCourt on Thursday said sending people, who do not wear masks, for community service at #COVID19 centres may cause health issues, as it stayed the directions in the #GujaratHighCourt order. (IANS)

15:26 PM: Criminal networks could try to sell fake COVID vaccines physically and on internet, warns Interpol. (PTI)

15:07 PM: Mamata Banerjee threatens country-wide stir if new farm laws not withdrawn. (PTI)

13:55 PM: Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal returns Padma Vibhushan to protest “the betrayal of the farmers by govt of India”. (ANI)

13:16 PM: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the two farmers, hailing from districts Mansa and Moga respectively, who died during ongoing Farm law protests: Chief Minister’s Office, Punjab. (ANI)

12:55 PM: Will launch political party in January and face Assembly elections 2021, says Rajinikanth. (PTI)

11:44 AM: ED raids premises of PFI chairman O M Abdul Salam, others in Kerala in connection with money laundering case: Official sources. (PTI)

11:06 AM: A #US federal judge has struck down two rules introduced by President #DonaldTrump’s administration requiring higher wages for those getting H1-B employment visas, adding restrictions and tightening some required qualifications. (IANS)

10:29 AM: Single day rise of 35,551 new COVID-19 cases, 526 fatalities pushes India’s virus caseload to 95,34,964, death toll to 1,38,648: Govt. (PTI)

09:21 AM: PM- Everyone will get vaccine. BJP in Bihar elections- Everyone in Bihar will get free vaccine. Now, GOI- Never said everyone will get vaccine. Exactly what does the PM stand by?: Rahul Gandhi in his fresh attack on PM Modi

08:28 AM : Mahashay Dharmpal of MDH Spices dies at the age of 98


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