Coronavirus India Live updates: Kerala on Thursday recorded 21,116 fresh Covid-19 cases, pushing the total infection count to 37,46,121. The death toll also climbed to 19,246, with 197 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, according to an RTI response filed by the Covid-19 Vaccine Administration Cell of the Union Health Ministry, the data on CoWin portal, as of August 17, shows that the “total number of beneficiaries who got their first dose of Covishield Vaccine but did not get their second dose within stipulated period of time” is 3,40,72,993. Similarly, the number stands at 46,78,406 for Covaxin beneficiaries.
In other news, a UK-based study by Oxford University has found that obtaining two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines remains the most effective way to ensure protection against the Covid-19 Delta variant of concern.