New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers is a "dangerous trend" and could lead to chaos as there is limited data on it on the practice, World Health Organisation (WHO) chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said. Addressing a COVID-19 media briefing, Swaminathan said, "Really want to caution folks, because there is a tendency now for people in countries which enough availability of vaccines to voluntarily start thinking". "So it's a little bit of a dangerous trend here where we're in a data-free evidence-free zone as far as a mix and match there is limited data on mix and match. There are studies going on, we need to wait for that," she added.

On the question of booster shots, WHO chief scientist said it will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens start deciding when they should be taking a second, or a third, or a fourth dose. "We have four countries that have announced a booster program, and a few more that are thinking about it. If 11 high and upper-middle-income countries decide to some of them are large countries that they will go for a booster for their populations or even subgroups. This will require an additional 800 million doses of vaccine."

Here are the LIVE Updates of July 13:

12:45 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern states on the #COVID19 situation via video conferencing.

12:30 pm: Vaccine availability is low. We had received 1.5 lakh Covishield vaccines yesterday, which will be used up by tomorrow, after which centres will be closed. We have to repeatedly shut centres. We can't work on Haryana's model to save jabs: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain

12:15 pm: There were 45 COVID-positive cases in Delhi yesterday, which are the lowest in 1.25 years. Positivity rate is below 1%. Active cases are 693. I request people to maintain precautions: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain

11:40 am: Indian Medical Association (IMA), Uttarakhand urged Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami to disallow the proposed Kanwar Yatra (July – August) in order to control the eruption of the 3rd wave of the #COVID19 pandemic.

11:00 am: If the situation worsens in the tourist places now, then the District Magistrate will be responsible. They have been authorized to take decisions regarding the crowds on weekends. DM will also ensure strict action against those who violate the rules: Uttarakhand Government

10:30 am: India reports 31,443 new #COVID19 cases in the last 24 hours; the lowest in 118 days. Recovery rate increases to 97.28%. India's active caseload currently at 4,31,315; lowest in 109 days.

10:00 am: More than 39.46 Cr vaccine doses were provided to States/UTs. More than 1.91 Cr balance & unutilized doses still available with States/UTs & private hospitals to be administered. The total consumption including wastages is 37,55,38,390 doses (as per data available at 8 am today).

9:15 am: COVID19 | Odisha reported 1,930 new cases, 68 deaths and 2,937 recoveries; active cases 23,492

7:30 am: Rajasthan: Jodhpur admin closed shops in Nai Sarak area where less than 60% of staff were vaccinated against COVID. Admin had issued an order with relaxation in lockdown. There were 8 shops that weren't following it: RS Tomar, Municipal Corporation Commissioner (North)

7:21 am: Notice of carrying RTPCR negative report, registration on online portal & prior hotel booking was issued for tourists coming here. Around 4,000 vehicles each were sent back from Mussorie & Nainital during this weekend: Nilesh Anand Bharane, DIG, Uttarakhand

7:10 am: At least 39 people were killed and over 20 injured in a fire that broke out at a COVID hospital in Iraq's southern city of Nassiriya: Reuters quoting Iranian Health officials and police

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan