India has reported a significant drop in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases, taking its tally to 9,463,254. The country’s death toll stands at 137,659. With 1,823,896 cases, Maharashtra has the highest number of coronavirus cases, , followed by Karnataka 884,897, Andhra Pradesh 868,064, Tamil Nadu 781,915 and Kerala 602,982. Delhi recorded 3,726 fresh Covid-19 cases, the lowest in 15 days, while the daily death toll crossed the 100-mark again and stood at 108.
Addressing concerns related to the serious adverse event reported by a volunteer in Chennai, Serum Institute of India on Tuesday said, ““The Covidshield vaccine is safe and immunogenic. The incident with the Chennai volunteer though highly unfortunate was in no way induced by the vaccine and Serum Institute of India is sympathetic with the volunteer’s medical condition. However, we would like to clarify that all the requisite regulatory and ethical processes and guidelines were followed diligently and strictly.”
SII added that the vaccine would not be released for mass use unless it is proven immunogenic, and safe.World coronavirus update: The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 63,573,952. While 43,971,469 have recovered, 1,473,445 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 13,916,348 cases, and 274,324 have died from the disease there. It is followed by India, which has 9,463,254 cases, Brazil (6,336,278), Russia (2,295,654), France (2,222,488).