Delhi’s LNJP hospital begins Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail treatment
• The Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail, which is used to treat mild to moderate “high risk” COVID-19 patients, has now been made available completely free of cost at Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP).
• LNJP hospital’s Managing Director, Dr. Suresh Kumar said that the hospital has received a Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail– a combination of Casirivimab and Imdevimab and has started using it.
• Dr. Kumar said that earlier patients were going to private hospitals to get this treatment but now the government has made a provision free of cost.
• Roche India and Cipla had announced the launch of the Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail in India last week. The treatment is priced at Rs 59,750 for a single dose.
• The treatment was first introduced in private hospitals including Max, Fortis Escorts, Moolchand, Apollo and Sir Gangaram.
Roger Federer withdraws from French Open
• Tennis legend Roger Federer withdrew himself from the ongoing French Open on June 6, 2021. The news has been confirmed by the tournament organisers.
• The official statement read that the Roland Garros tournament organisers have learned that Roger Federer has withdrawn from the fourth round of the tournament.
• Federer said that he decided to pull out from Roland Garros after discussions with his team. He stated that after two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation, it is important that he listens to his body and make sure he does not push himself too quickly on the road to recovery.
• Federer on June 5, 2021 had stormed into the fourth round of the ongoing French Open after defeating German lefty Dominik Koepfer in a grueling 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 7-5 battle to reach the last 16 of the tournament.
Delhi Government orders private hospitals, nursing homes to administer Covaxin shots only to second-dose beneficiaries from 18-44 age group
• The Delhi government on June 6, 2021 ordered all private hospitals and nursing homes to ensure that the Covaxin doses are used only to vaccinate those people from the 18-44 age group who are eligible for receiving the second dose in June.
• The order comes days after the Delhi High Court asked the Delhi government to consider this option to enable resuming vaccination of 18-44 age group people.
• The court had observed on June 4th that the failure to administer the second dose would compromise and frustrate the very exercise of administering the initial dose of the vaccine.
• The vaccination drive for those aged between 18-44 years had hit a roadblock in the national capital due to the non-availability of vaccines. This forced the Delhi government to suspend the vaccination drive for those aged between 18-44 years.
Centre currently considering doing away with RT-PCR report for fully vaccinated passengers
• The Central government is currently having discussions over doing away with the mandatory RT-PCR report for those passengers who have received both shots of a COVID-19 vaccine. This aims to enable hassle-free domestic air travel.
• Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that a joint team from several ministries and stakeholders, including the Health Department, are in discussion to take a final decision on allowing travelling by air without an RT-PCR test for those fully vaccinated with both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
• Currently, all domestic passengers have to mandatorily produce a negative RT-PCR report before travelling to some states, where active COVID-19 cases are still high.
Haryana to create ‘Oxi-van’ in Karnal
• Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced on June 5, 2021 that the state will be creating an ‘Oxi-van’ spanning 80 acres in the Karnal district for people to visit. The announcement was made on the occasion of World Environment Day.
• The Oxi-van will comprise 10 types of forests, which will serve as a very good spot to the people of Karnal. The work is expected to begin soon and it will be made open to the public in a few years.
• The Haryana Chief Minister said that the shortage of oxygen during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, made them realise the importance of trees to produce oxygen for us. The Chief Minister also urged people to increase the green cover by planting more plants and trees.
• He stated that development and matters of the environment must go hand in hand.