New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: US Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday made her first phone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inform him the decision of the Biden Administration to send tens of thousands of doses of life-saving COVID-19 vaccines to India. Vice President Harris spoke this morning to Prime Minister Modi, Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei and Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

"In four separate calls, the Vice President notified each of the leaders that the Biden-Harris Administration will begin sharing the first 25 million doses of COVID vaccines to their respective countries and others, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration's framework for sharing at least 80 million vaccines globally by the end of June,” her Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders said.

Here are the highlights of the day:

4:45 pm: Over 60% elderly population has received at least one dose of COVID19 vaccine: Health Ministry

4:25 pm: As per Our World in Data, the number of people who have received at least one dose of vaccine in India is 17.2 crore. We have overtaken the US in terms of the number of people in our country who have received the first dose of vaccine: Dr. VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog

4:15 pm: United Kingdom approves Pfizer/BioNTech COVID shot for 12- to 15-year-olds: Reuters

4:10 pm: There has been a continuous decrease in districts reporting more than 100 average daily new cases; 257 districts reporting more than 100 daily cases: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry on COVID19 situation

4:05 am: If we analyse data in comparison to May 7 highest reported peak, we are recording a 68% decline in daily cases. 66% of new cases are coming effectively from 5 States & rest are coming from 31 States/UTs which indicates that we're able to control the virus locally: Health Ministry

4:00 pm: 377 districts reporting less than 5% case positivity currently: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

3:45 pm: So far, 5,763 cases of Black Fungus have been reported in Maharashtra and 476 people have died due to it: PRO, State Health Department

3:30 pm: Maharashtra govt caps cost of treatment for mucormycosis in private hospitals "Rate of treatment for this disease in urban & rural areas cannot be higher than fixed rate. If found that extra charges have been levied then excess amount shall be reimbursed to patient," reads order

3:15 pm: They (resident doctors) don’t want to speak with us. High Court has termed this protest unconstitutional. They should follow Court’s order & resume working immediately. I think they will respect and follow High Court’s order: Madhya Pradesh Health Minister Vishvas Kailash Sarang

3:00 pm: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra appeals to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to allow the functioning of the IOA office from June 7 to enable IOA to upload the mandatory required data of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics

2:15 pm: PIL filed in Calcutta High Court over the reported theft of 26 Tocilizumab injections from Calcutta Medical College in April. Matter to be heard on June 7.

2:00 pm: Pre-Covid level normalcy to return next year, touch 4 lakh passengers a day: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri

1:45 pm: Odisha CHSE Board Class 12 Examination cancelled, in the wake of prevailing pandemic "Students' lives more important than any exam," says CM Naveen Patnaik

1:00 pm: The private and government offices will be allowed to function with 100% staff from June 7: Gujarat Information Department

12:40 pm: We favour vaccine multilateralism and believe that COVAX is the best way to ensure access to vaccines by low and middle-income partner countries in this region. The EU is now the second largest contributor to COVAX with over EUR 2.4 bn: EU High Representative/VP Josep B Fontelles

12:35 pm: Till today, the Central govt had provided 22 Cr doses of #COVID vaccines to states for free of cost. They (Punjab govt) had demanded decentralization of vaccination and now they are saying to centralize it: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

12:30 pm: Rahul Gandhi should first look after his (Congress) state rather than giving lectures to others. Punjab govt has been provided more than 1.40 lakh doses of Covaxin at Rs 400 & they've given it to 20 private hospitals at Rs 1000: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

12:22 pm: From agriculture to astronomy, disaster management to defence technology, vaccine to virtual reality, India aspires to become self-reliant & empowered in every direction. India is leading world in fields of sustainable development & clean energy: PM during CSIR society meeting

12:17 pm: CSIR works as institutional arrangement to maintain system for science, society & industry in our country. This institution of ours has produced several talented scientists. Great scientist like Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar has led this institution: PM addressing CSIR society meeting

12:10 pm: I don't have control over vaccines. I just look over treatment, testing, sampling of COVID19 & vaccination camps. We will definitely set an inquiry, I myself can inquire the matter: Punjab Health Minister BS Sidhu on SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal's allegations 

11:50 am: The package provides Rs 2800 crores for health emergencies, Rs 8900 crores for direct disbursement to people & Rs 8300 crores for various loans & interest subsidies aimed at financial revival: Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal during his maiden Budget announcement in Assembly

11:40 am: In the early days of pandemic, a package of Rs 20,000 cr was announced. In wake of 2nd wave, 2nd COVID package of Rs 20,000 cr is being announced to address emerging health, social & economic challenges: Kerala Finance Minister KN Balagopal during Budget announcement in Assembly

11:30 am: Karnataka Board Exams 2021 for the 2nd PUC exams have been cancelled. SSLC Exams 2021, however, would be conducted in the 3rd week of July: Karnataka Primary & Secondary Education Minister

11:20 am: B.1.617 variant & its lineage B.1.617.2 were primarily responsible for surge in cases with high transmissibility of 50% more than Alpha variant (B.1.1.7), as per study by INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genome Sequencing Consortia ) & National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

11:10 am: Delta variant primary cause behind second COVID wave, finds a study carried out by scientists of INSACOG (the consortium of labs undertaking genome sequencing in India) and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the reasons behind the second wave

10:50 am: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold two meetings today, with expert & preparation committees, in context to the potential third wave of COVID19

10:25 am: Some miscreants pelted stones upon CRPF vehicle early morning who were going for #COVID deployment duties near Kralpora. To disperse miscreants, 2-3 shots were fired in the air by troops. No damage or injuries is reported: J&K Police

10:10 am: If they'll not correct the vaccine rates or administer it for free of cost, we will go to High Court (against the Punjab govt) or set an inquiry if we form a government (in Punjab). Why is Aam Aadmi Party is silent over all this?: Sukhbir Singh Badal, President, SAD

10:00 am: India reports 1,32,364 new #COVID19 cases, 2,07,071 discharges, and 2713 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry Total cases: 2,85,74,350 Total discharges: 2,65,97,655 Death toll: 3,40,702 Active cases: 16,35,993 Total vaccination: 22,41,09,448

9:45 am: 25 mn (vaccines) will go out imminently. Distribution depends on manufacturer, but it's not as simple as putting stamp on envelope & sending it around world. There're logistical challenges but we're moving quickly to get them to destination countries: US State Dept spox Ned Price

9:30 am:The #COVID vaccine is available but the Punjab govt is selling it to private hospitals. Punjab govt is getting vaccines at Rs 400 but selling them to private hospitals at Rs 1060. And private hospitals is administering vaccine on higher prices: Sukhbir Singh Badal, President, SAD

9:00 am: COVID19 | As many as 35,74,33,846 samples have been tested in the country thus far, including 20,75,428 samples tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

8:45 am: We've spoken of focus on increased manufacturing in India but also bilateral support provided as means to help. A 100 mn dollars, hundreds of millions of dollars in total – half-billion dollars, I believe, 500 mn – been put towards this, incl by US govt: US State Dept spox

8:30 am: The increased manufacturing capacity in India, volume of capacity that is – has the potential to be a game-changer beyond India’s borders & that’s precisely why this arrangement was reached & announced in the context to Quad: US State Department spokesperson Ned Price

7:55 am: US VP Harris called PM Modi. It was positive & warm conversation. VP Harris was there during QUAD & climate change summits. PM Modi thanked VP Harris for assurance of vaccine supply to India. PM appreciated support & solidarity from US govt: Indian Ambassador to the US, TS Sandhu

7:50 am: Today, US also announced removal of Defense Production Act, which means no more priority supply will now be required. This will further smoothen the supply chains for vaccine manufacturing, particularly for AstraZeneca & Novax: Ambassador of India to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu

7:40 am: India to figure in both categories & get vaccines as per allocation under COVAX & direct supply. 1st will be COVAX initiative wherein India is included. 2nd, via direct supply to neighbors & partner countries incl India, Korea, Canada & Mexico: Indian Ambassador to US, TS Sandhu

7:30 am: President Biden has announced Global Allocation Plan of 25 mn vaccines. This is 1st tranche out of total 80 mn vaccines announced earlier. Distribution under 2 categories - via COVAX initiative & directly to neighbors & partner countries: Indian Ambassador to the US, TS Sandhu

7:22 am: People from Delhi&Haryana are booking slots in Meerut for 2nd dose of Covaxin due to its shortage there. Around 70% slots of Covaxin's 2nd dose for 18-44 age group have been booked by people from Delhi. We're discouraging them: District Immunization Officer Praveen Gautam

7:10 am: Jammu & Kashmir: A 124-year-old woman from Shrakwara Block of Wagoora in Baramulla received her first anti-COVID vaccine jab on Wednesday. "We vaccinated the 124-year-old woman during a door-to-door drive. She is healthy," said Dr Tajamul Malik, Medical Officer, PHC Shrakwara.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan