Serum Institute of India (SII), which is currently conducting coronavirus vaccine trials across India, has filed a defamation suit against a Chennai-based volunteer who claimed that the vaccine made him ill. The volunteer, who claims that he underwent neurological impairment because of the vaccine, subsequently filed Rs 5 crore suit against the company. SII has partnered with AstraZeneca and Oxford University to produce COVID-19 vaccine under the brand name Covishield.
As per reports, the volunteer had sent a legal notice on November 21 and sued SII for Rs 5 crore. SII denied the allegations and called them malicious and has responded by filing a defamation suit against the volunteer. A company spokesperson through a statement said that while the company sympathises with the volunteers medical condition, there was absolutely no correlation with the vaccine trial and the medical condition of the volunteer.
The statement read: The claim is malicious because the volunteer was specifically informed by the medical team that the complications he suffered were independent of the vaccine trial he underwent. The volunteer is falsely laying the blame for his medical problems on the COVID-19 vaccine trial. Inspite of specifically being made aware of the same, he still chose to go public and malign the reputation of the company.
The statement added: The Serum Institute of India, will seek damages in excess of Rs 100 crore for the same and will defend such malicious claims.
Deaf and dumb students put up scintillating show at Radio Mirchi’s ‘Utsav @ Zero Mile’ in Nagpur
Amid heavy rains, Nagpur citizens drenched themselves in patriotism during ‘Utsav @ Zero Mile’ organised by Radio Mirchi on Sunday, August 14. What made the event all the more special was when several deaf and dumb students of Deaf and Dumb School, Shankar Nagar, gave a splendid performance on national anthem that reverberated patriotic fervour. Apart from them, students from Delhi Public School also left people completely mesmerised with their incredibly soothing performance with various musical instruments.
Ex-Indian Idol contestant from the city Kaivalya Kejkar regaled the audience with songs including ‘Maula Mere Lele Meri Jaan’ from Chak De! India.
Kids in Nagpur walk ramp in khadi outfits during Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
In a rare yet commendable initiative, kids walked the ramp in outfits made in Khadi by designer Durgesh Dixit during Khadi Pride. The ramp walk took place at Sugandh Sabhagruha in Nagpur on Sunday, August 14 in the presence of Central Member of Khadi & Village Industries Commission, Micro Small & Medium Enterprises Jaiprakash Gupta.
India’s biggest tribal health project launched in Nagpur; over 10,000 to be screen across Vidarbha
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) along with the Tribal Development Department in Nagpur launched BLOSSOM that was recently inaugurated by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
BLOSSOM is an initiative that has been launched to reach out to the remotest tribal villages in districts of Chandrapur, Gondia and Gadchiroli in Maharashtra and screen the people for non-communicable diseases and plan suitable interventions.
Launched at Hotel Centre Point Hotel on World Tribal Day, the initiative BLOSSOM stands for: Breast cancer, Liver and lifestyle diseases, Osteoporosis, Sickle cell, Sexually transmitted infections, and Malnutrition.
Around 22 teams would screen a population of 10,000 tribal people across remote villages in the coming three months.