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News18 Evening Digest: SC Pulls Up Govt on Differential Pricing of Covid-19 Vaccine and Other Top Stories

File photo of Supreme Court

File photo of Supreme Court

Here are the top stories we are covering this evening: 'Just Because You're the Govt...' SC Pulls Up Centre on Differential Pricing of Covid Vaccine; Will Single-Dose Covishield Give Enough Protection Against Covid-19? Govt Study To Find Out; China Relaxes Family Planning Policy, Allows Couples to Have 3 Children; Nirav Modi To Vijay Mallya And Mehul Choksi: Why Extraditing Fugitives Is An Uphill Task; GDP Data: Indian Economy Grows 1.6% in Q4; Contracts 7.3% in FY21; and Former Model Accuses Jackky Bhagnani and 8 Others of Rape and Molestation, FIR Lodged.

‘Just Because You’re the Govt…’ SC Pulls Up Centre on Differential Pricing of Covid Vaccine

In a suo-moto hearing on Covid-19, the Supreme Court on Monday questioned the Centre on differential pricing of vaccines. The Apex Court also demanded the Centre to produce their vaccine policy document. “We can’t have differential pricing for the Centre and States. Central government has wide powers to fix rates under Drugs and Cosmetics Act. Why leave it to the vaccine manufacturers to fix different pricing?" said the Supreme Court. Read More

Will Single-Dose Covishield Give Enough Protection Against Covid-19? Govt Study To Find Out

India will launch a study on whether a single dose of Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine locally manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII), will provide enough protection against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), a government official told CNN-News18 on Monday. The study on the efficacy of a single dose of Covishield is likely to begin in a month or so as part of what could be a new vaccination strategy, the official said. Read More

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Nirav Modi To Vijay Mallya And Mehul Choksi: Why Extraditing Fugitives Is An Uphill Task

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GDP Data: Indian Economy Grows 1.6% in Q4; Contracts 7.3% in FY21

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Former Model Accuses Jackky Bhagnani and 8 Others of Rape and Molestation, FIR Lodged

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