Parliament LIVE Updates: COVID vaccine likely next year, masks and social distancing must until then, says Harsh Vardhan – India News , Firstpost


Parliament LIVE Updates: Harsh Vardhan said three vaccine candidates are being developed and a vaccine should be available in India next year, adding that India will soon leave America behind in the number of tests

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Parliament LATEST Updates: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said three vaccine candidates are being developed and a vaccine should be available in India next year. “Virus transmission is happening because of our own irresponsibility. Till a vaccine is available, masks and social distancing is a social vaccine,” he said.

China continues to be in illegal occupation of approximately 38,000 sq. kms in the Union Territory of Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Rajya Sabha.

Chinese actions reflect a disregard of our various bilateral agreements, Singh said, adding that the amassing of the troops by China goes against the 1993 and 1996 agreements. “We do remain committed to peaceful resolution of the current situation. At the same time, we remain prepared to deal with all contingencies,” he added.

Two days after presenting a statement on the government’s position in Lok Sabha on the India-China border row, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the Rajya Sabha on the developments in Ladakh.

Ghulam Nabi Azad said that he WHO warning about a mysterious pneumonia came as early as December 2019, but the Indian government wasted golden months in addressing the virus’ spread.

NCP’s Praful Patel said that though news reports quote officials saying that there is not shortage of oxygen cylinders and the remdesivir drug, the ground reality is different.

On the fourth day of the Parliament’s Monsoon Session, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will address the Rajya Sabha on the developments in Ladakh. He had addressed the Lok Sabha on the India-China border row on Tuesday.

The Upper House will also continue the discussion on the coronavirus pandemic and India’s response. Home minister Amit Shah will move the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers Act, 1952 in the Rajya Sabha to seek consideration and passage. The Bill pushes to temporarily reduce salaries and allowances of lawmakers and ministers in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.

In the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will introduce the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020 that will replace the ordinance issued to provide compliance relief to taxpayers. It also seeks to provide tax benefits to donations made to PM CARES Fund.

Terming three bills related to agriculture “anti-farmer”, AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday demanded that the Centre withdraw them, saying his party will vote against the bills in Parliament. The AAP has three Rajya Sabha MPs and one LoK Sabha MP.

“The three bills related to farming and farmers brought in the Parliament are anti-farmer. Farmers all over the country are opposing them. The central government should withdraw these three bills. The AAP will vote against them in Parliament,” he tweeted in Hindi.

The Centre had on Monday introduced The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, and ‘The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill to replace the ordinances promulgated earlier.

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