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CM flays Rahul''s silence over Cong govt falling in party-ruled states        Kerala has become ''fundamentalists'' own country'' under CPI(M) rule, says Sitharaman        COVID-19 crisis far from over; 3rd wave to be more dangerous: CSIR official        Army cancels recruitment exam after paper leaked        Rahul dubs PM Modi a ''formidable enemy,'' vows to defeat him        ISRO launches DRDO''s satellite Sindhu Netra        On National Science Day, Modi asks citizens to practise Lab to Land mantra        UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown        FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson vaccine against Covid-19 for emergency use        ISL: Straight shootout for final playoff berth between Goa and Hyderabad        Comments against judges a disturbing new trend: Ravi Shankar Prasad        Syria airstrikes: President Biden protected US personnel, facilities, says White House        DGCA extends suspension of scheduled international passenger flights till February 28        Rahul launches tirade against Modi, talks about ''connect'' with Tamil Nadu        Fishing hartal hits coastal belt in Kerala        Five assembly polls to begin Mar 27, Bengal to have max 8 phases; counting on May 2        Vijayan claims Rahul shying away from attacking BJP        Kerala to test all returning expats using RT-PCR; 3,671 fresh COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths reported        Gelatin sticks, detonators seized from train passenger in Kerala        Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction        
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International News
China silent on why its top leaders are yet to take COVID-19 vaccine
 
Beijing, Jan 20 (PTI) China on Wednesday boasted that several world leaders have taken its COVID-19 vaccines, but remained silent on why the top Chinese leaders are yet to take the jab.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in her daily media briefing here named leaders of several countries who have taken one of the two COVID-19 vaccines made in China, publicly reposing their faith in them.

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan, leaders of the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt and Indonesia have been publicly inoculated with Chinese vaccines, she said.

“China has started the inoculation of the vaccines in key groups. We will also carry out vaccination for all Chinese citizens for free. All people that meet the conditions should be vaccinated in an orderly manner," she said.

Responding to a query whether top Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and others have taken the jabs, she said: “As for the specific question you asked, I have no answer at this moment."

“Vaccine is our silver bullet for epidemic prevention and for our ultimate victory against the virus," she said.

China has launched massive vaccine diplomacy even as it approved only one of its four vaccines, Sinopharm for emergency use. Its other vaccines like Sinovac and CoronaVac have made their way abroad and are being used while they are undergoing the trial process.

Back home, China has launched the free vaccination drive for all its 1.4 billion people starting with key groups. Over 10 million people have been inoculated in the country. The ruling Communist Party leadership and the party cadre are yet to get vaccinated.

Asked whether the World Health Organisation (WHO) has granted emergency approval for its vaccines and will it distribute them through COVAX, the international vaccine alliance, Hua said, “as I understand the relevant companies are in communication with the WHO. "

"They are also discussing concrete cooperation for being included in the emergency list of the WHO," she said.

“Chinese firms are taking part in COVAX. They expressed readiness to join the COVAX. Hope they can be included in the vaccines reserve list at the early date,” she said.


UN Human Rights Office says 18 killed in Myanmar crackdown
FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson vaccine against Covid-19 for emergency use
Syria airstrikes: President Biden protected US personnel, facilities, says White House
Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction
SYRIA Militia official: US strike in Syria kills 1, wounds several
ISIS bride not allowed to return to UK to fight for citizenship, Supreme Court rules
PNB scam: UK court orders Nirav Modi''s extradition
Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US
Biden Says He Read US Intelligence Report on Khashoggi Murder
Ghana becomes first country to get free coronavirus vaccines through COVAX scheme
Australia amends media bargaining law, says Facebook to restore news pages in coming days
Iran continues installing next-generation uranium enrichment centrifuges -Spokesman
Extreme weather testing Biden's disaster management skills
A number of agreements in pipeline between India and Madagascar
Georgian Prime Minister resigns over disagreement with team on opposition figure Nika Melia
Myanmar''s Suu Kyi faces new charge as crackdown intensifies
Five ABT terrorists sentenced to death in blogger Avijit Roy murder case in Bangladesh
Separatists grow majority in Catalonia despite Socialist win
Myanmar Military urged to stop harassing civilians
Biden administration appoints 2 Indian-origin experts to key positions
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
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 Los Angeles: Hollywood star George Clooney has condemned the attack on the Capitol Hill in the US by  
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KERALA NEWS
Kerala has become ''fundamentalists'' own country'' under CPI(M) rule, says Sitharaman
 Tripunithura(Ker): Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday attacked the Kerala''s CPI(M)
COVID-19 crisis far from over; 3rd wave to be more dangerous: CSIR official
Fishing hartal hits coastal belt in Kerala
Vijayan claims Rahul shying away from attacking BJP
NATIONAL NEWS
Army cancels recruitment exam after paper leaked
 New Delhi: The Army has cancelled an examination for pan-India recruitment of general duty personnel
Rahul dubs PM Modi a ''formidable enemy,'' vows to defeat him
ISRO launches DRDO''s satellite Sindhu Netra
On National Science Day, Modi asks citizens to practise Lab to Land mantra
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