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Today our focus will be on the coronavirus pandemic. With an aim to launch the world's biggest vaccination drive, the expert panel of the DGCI has approved two coronavirus vaccines -- Covishield and Covaxin -- for emergency use in India. Though a final call over the emergency use of the vaccines is still pending, media reports have indicated that Covaxin and Covishield will likely get the nod from DGCI.

Here are the highlights of January 3:

16:12 pm: Delhi reports 424 new COVID-19 cases, 708 recoveries and 14 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per state Health Department

Total cases: 6,26,872

Total recoveries: 6,11,243

Death toll: 10,585

Active cases: 5,044

15:48 pm: In an emergency situation when there is a sudden increase in cases and we need to vaccinate, Bharat Biotech vaccine will be used. It can also be used as a backup when we're not sure how efficacious the Serum Institute vaccine is going to be, says AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria

15:31 pm: Our in-house cynics M/s Jairam, Tharoor and Akhilesh are behaving true to form... They are now unhappy that 2 vaccines to get DCGI nod are made in India. Clearly, they're on a quest for permanent political marginalisation, says Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

15:14 pm: Rainfall during past 3 hours at different places over Delhi (from 1130 to 1430 hours IST), according to India Meteorological Department (IMD)

Delhi (Safdarjung): 6.4 mm
Delhi (Palam): 1.5 mm
Delhi (Lodi Road): 8.0 mm
Delhi (Ayanagar): 6.0 mm
Delhi (Ridge): 4.0 mm

15:13 pm: He's fine now after undergoing angioplasty and he's stable. Doctors will decide on further treatment, says Snehasish Ganguly, elder brother of Sourav Ganguly on his health.

15:13 pm: Union Home Minister Amit Shah hailed approval granted today by Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) to COVID-19 vaccines of Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech. In his tweets welcoming approval, he said its momentous achievement for India: Ministry of Home Affairs

14:27 pm: PM Narendra Modi will dedicate the Kochi-Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline to the nation on 5th January at 11 am via video conferencing. The event marks an important milestone towards the creation of ‘One Nation One Gas Grid': Prime Minister's Office

14:27 pm: Previous governments wanted to keep all issues unresolved. Those who used to say that Ram is an imagination, those who used to fire upon bhakts and say Ram does not exist, are now saying that Ram belongs to everyone. This is what we have always said, says Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

13:49 pm: We can't even call him a misled youth. When he never listened to his uncle or father, why would he listen to the country? This is a policy of appeasement. It's not good to spread rumour about vaccine: MP Minister Narottam Mishra on SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav saying he won't get vaccinated

13:25 pm: A watershed moment in India’s famed battle against COVID19 under leadership of PM Modi. Our wait for the vaccine is over with Covishield from Serum Institue of India and Covaxin from Bharat Biotech approved for emergency use in India, says Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

13:20 pm: Active COVID-19 cases in country stand at 2,47,220 while 99,27,310 people have recovered so far: Union Health Ministry

13:19 pm: I am satisfied by the high morale and motivation of all ranks who will ensure certain victory if challenged or given the opportunity: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat during his visit to operational areas of Arunachal Pradesh

13:19 pm: India as an early responder delivers relief supplies to cyclone-hit Fiji, says External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar

13:18 pm: It's a serious matter, an emergency meeting of concerned officials has been called. We are monitoring it: Rajasthan Animal Husbandry Minister Lalchand Kataria on bird flu situation in the state

12:30 pm: In the first phase, healthcare workers and frontline workers will be vaccinated. There are three lakh healthcare workers and six lakh frontline workers in Delhi who will be administered with the COVID vaccine, says Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

11:48 am: World Health Organisation welcomes India's decision giving emergency use authorization to COVID-19 vaccines, says Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region.

11:27 am: "A decisive turning point to strengthen a spirited fight! DCGI granting approval to vaccines of Serum Institue of India and Bharat Biotech accelerates the road to healthier and COVID-free nation. Congratulations India. Congratulations to our hardworking scientists and innovators," PM Modi said in a tweet.

11:04 am: Covaxin, Covishield granted emergency use approval in India, says DCGI

11:00 am: DCGI addresses media

10:56 pm: DCGI to brief media shortly.

10:46 am: 

10:21 am: Uttarakhand likely to witness snow and rain for three days starting today. Heavy snowfall likely in higher reaches on 5th January, says India Meteorological Department

10:03 am: India reports 18,177 new COVID-19 cases, 20,923 recoveries, and 217 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry

Total cases: 1,03,23,965

Active cases: 2,47,220

Total recoveries: 99,27,310

Death toll: 1,49,435

9:55 am: 85 employees of Chennai's ITC Grand Chola Hotel have tested positive for COVID19 from 15th December 2020 to 1st January 2021, says Greater Chennai Corporation

9:54 am: A total of 17,48,99,783 samples have been tested for COVID19 up to January 2. Of these, 9,58,125 samples were tested yesterday, says Indian Council of Medical Research

9:21 am: Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) seized drugs and detained drug peddlers in raids conducted at Bandra, Versova and Mira Road areas of Mumbai last night: NCB official

9:12 am: Coronavirus Vaccination | DCGI to approve 2-dose regimen for COVID-19 vaccines at 4 weeks apart: Report

8:40 am: The India Meteorological Department has said that average temperature in Delhi will rise by 5-9 degrees Celsius in next 5-6 days.

8:19 am: Just In: Drugs Controller General of India to brief media at 11 am today on COVID-19 vaccine.

8:08 am: COVID-19 vaccine might contain something, which can cause harm. Tomorrow, people will say vaccine was given to kill or decrease population. You can even become impotent, anything can happen: Mirzapur SP MLC Ashutosh Sinha on SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav saying he won't get vaccinated.

7:39 am: Vaccination drive has been based on election process planned down to the booth level. Over 57,000 participants across 719 districts have completed training. 96,000 vaccinators have been trained so far, says Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

7:35 am: The PM had promised to make dalits qualified enough to be eligible for employment. PM has implemented many schemes to encourage Scheduled Caste children to enroll in schools with an increased budget to Rs 6,000 crores from Rs 1,100 crores, says BJP's Dushyant Gautam

7:30 am: Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rainfall to occur over some parts of South-Delhi (Ayanagar, Deramandi, Tughalkabad ) and some districts of Haryana, says India Meteorological Department

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma