New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Observing courts cannot be "silent spectators" when constitutional rights of citizens are infringed by executive policies, the Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Centre's COVID vaccination policy, describing as “prima facie arbitrary and irrational” allowing states and private hospitals to charge those in the 18-44 age group while the jabs were offered free for groups in the first two phases, and ordered its review.

Patna's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has started the paediatric trials for the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Bharat Biotech, Covaxin. Covaxin received the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) nod to conduct clinical trials in children on May 11. VK Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog had earlier said, "Covaxin has been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), for Phase II/III clinical trials in the age group of 2 to 18 years."

Here are the LIVE Updates of June 3:

12:50 pm: Delhi High Court asks Drug Controller to take action against such people who violate Drugs and Cosmetics Act and file a status report. The matter is listed for further hearing on July 29.

12:45 pm: Delhi HC asks Drug Controller counsel Nandita Rao, "The status report is only in relation to Gautam Gambhir, or does it relate to Praveen Kumar also?" Advocate Rao says, "Status report deals with MLA Praveen Kumar also and we have found him guilty too"

12:33 pm: Nandita Rao, appearing for Drug Controller, tells Delhi High Court that Gautam Gambhir Foundation has committed an offence under Drugs and Cosmetics Act as the foundation was found stocking medicine unauthorizedly

12:25 pm: COVID-19 vaccination is in progress with over 21 crore people administered. Globally, we have recorded the fastest vaccination drive: Union Home Minister Amit Shah

12:10 pm: Gujarat | Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurates nine oxygen plants to be operated by Vallabh Youth Organization in the presence of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and others, via video conferencing.

12:00 pm: Serum Institute of India (SII) applies to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) seeking permission for a test license to manufacture COVID19 vaccine, Sputnik V: Sources

11:45 am: Japan | Ishigaki island logged 25 new COVID19 cases on May 31 prompting city officials to issue emergency declaration on the same day, urging residents to stay home even if asymptomatic. All schools have been shut, as per local media reports

11:25 am: Delhi Medical Association has filed a suit in Delhi HC against Yoga guru Ramdev. Petition seeks restraining Ramdev from disseminating false statement & information about Patanjali's Coronil tablet

11:10 am: Vietnam | Long An province to impose social distancing on Tan An City & 4 districts (Duc Hoa, Ben Luc, Can Duoc & Can Giuoc) until further notice, after PM's directive y'day. The province detected 8 COVID19 cases over past 5 days, as per local media reports

11:00 am: Malaysia enters its third nationwide lockdown amid a surging third wave of #COVID19. Only essential businesses including supermarkets & medical clinics are allowed to operate during lockdown's first phase, from June 1 to 14, as per media reports

10:45 am: After Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine and Novovax’s Covovax, the Serum Institute of India on Wednesday has applied to get a nod from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to make the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in India. Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is currently being manufactured by Dr Reddy’s Laboratories.

10:20 am: 4 arrested from Bihar for cheating families of #COVID19 patients on the pretext of home delivery of oxygen cylinders.15 mobile phones, 13 fake SIM cards, 4 fake aadhaar cards, 5 bank account passbook, 3 ATM cards, 3 fake PAN card were recovered: Delhi Police

9:45 am: Biological-E's vaccine is undergoing Phase 3 clinical trial after showing promising results in Phase 1 & 2 clinical trials. The vaccine being developed by them is an RBD protein sub-unit vaccine & is likely to be available in the next few months: Union Health Ministry

9:36 am: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) finalises arrangements with Hyderabad-based vaccine manufacturer Biological-E to reserve 30 cr doses of vaccine, will be manufactured & stockpiled by Biological-E from Aug-Dec 2021 & MoHFW would make an advance payment of Rs 1500 cr

9:28 am: India reports 1,34,154 new #COVID19 cases, 2,11,499 discharges, and 2,887 deaths in last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry Total cases: 2,84,41,986 Total discharges: 2,63,90,584 Death toll: 3,37,989 Active cases: 17,13,413 Total vaccination: 22,10,43,693

9:15 am: As many as 35,37,82,648 samples have been tested in the country up to June 2 including 21,59,873 samples tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

9:00 am: COVID19 | We received used surgical gloves and faulty needles in the new stock that came in. Strong disciplinary action will be taken against the supplier. We will register a complaint to file an FIR: Pithoragarh District Magistrate Anand Swaroop

8:15 am: Not just Serum Institute of India (SII), all the vaccine companies should get indemnity protection against liabilities if foreign companies are granted the same: Sources

8:00 am: Serum Institute of India (SII) seeks indemnity protection against liabilities: Sources

7:45 am: Patna's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has started the paediatric trials for the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Bharat Biotech, Covaxin. Covaxin received the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) nod to conduct clinical trials in children on May 11.

7:35 am: Kerala govt has added bedridden patients above 18 years, Hal pilgrims, all above 18 in Tribal colonies, volunteers working in field, police trainee, judicial officers & staff of HC & subordinate courts among others in priority group for COVID vaccination for age group 18-45 years

7:22 am: The first prize will be Rs 50 lakhs, second Rs 25 lakhs and third Rs 15 lakhs: Maharashtra Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif

7:13 am: Corona-free village competitions will be held in Maharashtra to encourage steps to curb the spread of COVID-19. Three village panchayats will be awarded for doing good work in COVID-19 management in each revenue division: State Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif

7:00 am: Ladakh reported 91 COVID cases, 140 discharges, and one death on Wednesday

Active cases: 1,531
Total discharges: 17,119
Death toll: 191

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan