THURSDAY VAX DATA SENSITIVE, DON’T SHARE IT: CENTRE TO STATES 10 In a strange order, the Union health ministry on Wednesday asked states not to share vaccine availability status on public forums JUNE, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard AGRI LAWS OPPN LOOKS TO CORNER CENTRE Mamata, Sharad Pawar take different routes to put pressure on Modi govt A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 8 2nd wave shock limited to Q1, recovery tied to vax, says FinMin EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THE second Covid wave has somewhat dented the economy but its impact will be confined to the first quarter of this financial year, claimed the monthly economic report released by the Union finance ministry on Wednesday. However, this prognosis will hold true only if the vaccination drive becomes aggressive and all Budget announcements are implemented efficiently the re, port added. In other words, if the inoculation programme drags, it will drastically impact future economic recovery . “The onset of the second wave of Covid-19 since midFebruary 2021 and localised or state-wide restrictions adopted to combat its spread, have posed a probable downside risk to the momentum in India’s economic recovery in the first quarter of 2021-22,” it noted. The report added that with state-level lockdown restrictions, manufacturing and construction activities could experience a softer economic shock in Q1. “To avoid or lower the ferocity of subsequent waves, an accelerated vaccination drive is imperative. Vaccinating to achieve herd immunity (75-80% of population) will boost consumer and producer confidence and reinvigorate the engines of economic growth. For this purpose, challenges pertaining to vaccine supply, vaccine hesitancy, operational aspects to achieve high daily throughput, and widespread reach must be anticipated,” it said. The finance ministry has made a strong pitch to vaccinate 70 crore people with at least a single dose by September to boost confidence among DISTRESSED SECTORS SEND SOS MESSAGES Airport, hospitality firms say they can’t survive without govt help AIRPORT OPERATORS SEEK SUPPORT Drop in air traffic hit revenues Struggling to sustain operations and meet debt obligations Unable to raise funds due to poor cash flows and credit ratings NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 Wait gets longer for Covaxin phase 3 final data S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi THE wait for published data on the final phase 3 clinical trials of Covaxin is getting longer despite a growing clamour to release it, amid new information that compared to Covishield, it may be triggering lower antibody response to Covid-19. On Wednesday, Bharat Biotech, which has developed Covaxin, with support from ICMR, said the final analysis of its efficacy trials between November-January will be made pub, lic only in July, after it is submitted to the drug regulator and peer reviewed journals with a timeline of about three months for publication. While announcing the second interim analysis of its phase 3 trial on April 20, the company had said that “safety NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths JUNE 8 JUNE 9 86,498 92,596 1,82,282 1,62,664 2,123 2,219 June 8 25,58,652 doses June 9 31,31,759 doses TOTAL DOSES: 24,24,79,167 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT and efficacy results from the final analysis will be available in June, and the final report will be submitted to a peer-re- viewed publication.” In the April statement, the company had claimed that the vaccine has shown a 78% efficacy against preventing infection while efficacy against severe Covid-19 disease was 100%, with an impact on reduction in hospitalisations — after accruing 127 symptomatic cases. This efficacy was lower by 3% from the one claimed in another statement to the press, issued in early March, based on 87 symptomatic cases. But a delay in sharing the final data is bothering many, since phase 3 trial data of all other approved Covid vaccines, including the Russian Sputnik V, were published within 4-6 weeks of interim analysis. Also, Covaxin had been approved by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation HOSPITALITY SECTOR WANTS STIMULUS It has sought a sector-specific stimulus package that includes: Full waiver of interest on loans M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi Extension on moratorium on the principal amount for all loans DBT of basic pay to employees L1.82 lakh crore Hospitality sector’s revenue in FY20. 75% got wiped off in FY21 | P10 Jitin Prasada was a signatory to the letter by 23 Congress leaders who had demanded a full-time president | PARVEEN NEGI Another Young Turk in BJP’s sights The BJP will also hope that Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who is at loggerhead with Ashok Gehlot, is able to turn rebellious again with enough strength to hand over power in the state to the party. With the BJP’s own house in Rajasthan not in order, an “outside help” can be of strategic interest for the party’s top brass to reset the equations in the state, remarked a key BJP strategist. The saffron party can be hopeful as the Himanta Biswa Sarma experiment in Assam has been fruitful. KILLED WANTED GANGSTERS SHOT DEAD IN KOLKATA THE BJP set off alarm bells within the Cong ress on Wednesday by engineering the crossover of another young leader, former Union minister Jitin Prasada. With this, the party appears to have made it intentions clear of mopping up the remaining young talent within the Congress, a ploy that began with the induction of Jyotiraditya Scindia. A similar exercise in Rajasthan is a work in progress. Union minister Piyush Goyal did the honours for inducting Prasada. Giving a perspective to the latest acquisition, BJP’s media in-charge Anil Baluni recalled that Ji- Wanted for the murder of two cops in Punjab, the gangster duo was gunned down after an exchange of firing from the two sides | P8 Delhi Master Plan: Checking illegal ‘Circular for colonies, creating infra for pandemic Kerala nurses WORLD CLASS CITY DDA plans to ‘Foster a Sustainable, Liveable and Vibrant Delhi’ and targets completion in 2041 through various projects. The six main objectives... PRIORITIZING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Rejuvenation of natural assets, reducing pollution, supporting green economies like urban farming & creating a diverse portfolio of natural & planned open spaces FACILITATING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Facilitate a unique economic role for Delhi while ensuring symbiotic linkages with NCR, improve overall investment climate & support a variety of work & workplace ENHANCING HERITAGE, CULTURE AND PUBLIC LIFE Protect & enhance heritage & cultural fabric, build strong economic linkages & create opportunities for cultural experience IMPROVING HOUSING AND SOCIAL I NFRASTRUCTURE Meet a variety of housing demands across income groups, promote regeneration of older built fabric, fulfil demands for social infras in dense areas & foster walks MOVING TOWARDS LOW-CARBON MOBILITY To encourage modal shift in favour of public & shared transport, bring homes & jobs closer to mass transit, reduce vehicular congestion & provide efficient mobility DEVELOPING RESILIENT PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Promote sustainable approach towards use of resources like water & energy, facilitate uninterrupted services so that the city is ready for digital infra & resilience to disasters EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @New Delhi WITH an emphasis on healthy environment, rejuvenation of natural assets, affordable and safe living with efficient mobility systems, the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2041 presents a roadmap to transform the national capital into a ‘dynamic place for economic, creative and cultural development’. The plan also seeks restriction on further growth of unauthorised colonies and development in urban villages within two years of its notification. It says that the agencies concerned and the landowners will ensure the protection of their lands within the land pooling areas and other vacant lands to prevent illegal settlements. Besides regeneration of planned and unplanned areas, the document also stresses on promotion of rental, small format and affordable housing — par ticularly close to mass transit. On Wednesday, the DDA issued a notice inviting suggestions and objections from the public on the master plan, which was drafted by the National Institute of Urban Af- for public use in “clinical trial mode” while still under efficacy trials on 25,800 people. “It is unusual to have such a delay, particularly when the second analysis was so close to the sample size of 130 symptomatic cases,” said a top virologist who did not wish to be named. Health systems and vaccine policy expert Chandrakant Lahariya said that while publication in a journal may take time, the company should at least release the findings on a preprint server for medical science. A recent comparative evaluation of immunogenicity responses to spike protein after the first and second doses of C ova x i n a n d C ov i s h i e l d showed that the former may have lower immunogenicity . CONTINUED ON P8 JITIN PRASADA IN BJP, CONGRESS POLL PLAN GETS A JOLT IN UP 80-95 million Expected domestic air passengers this year vis-a-vis 140 million in 2019 people and regain the momentum of economic recovery . “With around 120 days to 31st September 2021, around 93 lakh vaccinations are required per day to achieve the herd immunity. The peak daily vaccination rate attained till date is 42.65 lakh. This peak was achieved using one shift of 8-9 hours of vaccination. So, doubling the shifts and possibly vaccinating 24x7 for a couple of months – particularly in August and September when supply is expected to increase significantly – can enable the a m b i t i o u s, bu t p o s s i bl e, throughput of 1 crore shots a day the report recommended, ,” adding that this is ambitious, but possible. WE OWN ALL VACCINE DATA: HEALTH MINISTRY States are supposed to update the Centre on stock and transactions of all vaccines. The health ministry claimed it owns all vaccine-related data and that it cannot be shared with any third party, including the media. The letter evoked sharp reactions on social media with people wondering how data on stock and storage of Covid vaccine doses could be sensitive | P7 fairs drafted the MPD 2041, which is a blueprint for the city’s urban development for the next 20 years. “After a public hearing on feedback from people, the MPD 2041 will be sent to the ministry of housing and urban affairs, which will notify it later,” said an DDA official. In view of the Covid pandemic, measures focusing on creation of self-contained and mixed-use areas with decentralized infrastructure have also been incorporated in the plan. To reduce the vulnerability to pandemics, mixed use development and vertical mixing of compatible uses within plots will be promoted to facilitate availability of all services, work centres and homes within close vicinity of each other. Common community spaces will be promoted to be utilised for providing refuge spots, common kitchens and quarantine spaces during emergencies. Given the rising pollution level, a shift towards cleaner economies such as IT/ITeS, entrepreneurial activities, realty markets, communication, tertiary healthcare and higher education is also envisaged in P4 the plan. Policies for development may be directed towards supporting small and micro enterprises and unorganized economies that provide employment ration towards cleaner economies — MPD 2041 misinterpreted’ E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @New Delhi AFTER drawing flak for the ‘no-Malayalam’ order, a senior staff of Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (GIPMER) has apologised saying that there was no intention to disrespect any language, region or religion. On June 5, the nurse superintendent had issued the circular barring the staff from speaking in Malayalam. Nurses from Kerala were told to speak only in Hindi and English or else face action. But the order was withdrawn the next day after it was panned by the likes of Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor, besides netizens. Now, the nursing superintendent has written that the circular was issued in “a positive sense and there was no bad intention against Malayalamspeaking staff ”. “In fact, the circular was misinterpreted and I didn’t even get a chance to explain,” he said, adding that the action was taken on the basis of complaints received from patients on May 31, June 1 and June 2. “The gist of the complaint was that most of the staff communicates in regional language due to which other members, as well as attendants of the patients, feel helpless.” The patients would assume the language of communication was changed only to hide the fact that they had some serious condition. Hence, the circular was issued to “avoid any confusion due to language barrier,” tin’s father Jitendra Prasada had contested against Sonia Gandhi for the Congress’ chief post, suggesting the door was open for leaders of substance who were otherwise rotting in opposition parties. While Prasada lost a couple of polls ever since the rise of the BJP in UP he had served , as a minister during the UPA tenure. He was a signatory to the letter by 23 Congress leaders who had demanded a fulltime Congress president. While Prasada may have lost much of the political turf in UP, the BJP hopes to gain from the weakening of the Congress in Rajasthan, MP, Gujarat, Haryana and Maharashtra to kee p its 2024 P7 script intact. eVIN ELECTRONIC VACCINE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK TRACKS VAX STOCK STATUS CJI INITIATIVE Telangana HC strength to jump from 25 to 42 judges EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AIMING to reduce case pendency across the country espe, cially in high courts, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana is now pushing to increase their sanctioned strength of judges. To begin with, he has given his final approval to raise the sanctioned strength of judges from 24 to 42 at the Telangana High Court — a jump of 75% — where 2,37,000 cases are pending as on date. This is one of the biggest booster shots in the higher judiciary in a very long time. Of the 42 judges, 32 will be permanent while the rest will be additional judges for now. The proposal to increase the strength of the Telangana High Court had been pending with the Centre since 2019. After assuming office, CJI Ramana gave it fresh impetus by urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ministry of law and justice to expedite it. After receiving their green light, the CJI is learnt to have to have spoken to the HC chief justice and taken stock of the available infrastructure before giving his final approval. To fill up the vacancies, 28 will be elevated from the bar while 14 will be appointed from judicial services. A formal notification is expected soon. In a recent meeting with chief justices of all high courts, the CJI had shared his vision of creating a National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation.
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