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Covid-19 vaccination in AP to be done by March 2022



Amaravati: The entire targeted population (18-plus age group) of 3.95 crore in the state would be fully covered under the Covid-19 vaccination programme by the end of March 2022, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said here on Thursday.

So far, 3,41,53,000 people (87 per cent) were administered the first dose of coronavirus vaccine while 2.39 crore (61 per cent) took the second dose as well, the Chief Minister told the state Assembly.

Winding up a short discussion on Health, the Chief Minister said 100 per cent of the targeted population would be administered the Covid-19 vaccine first dose by the end of December this year.

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Unfortunately, vaccine is not in our hands. We can administer only as many doses as the Centre gives us. Still, we could so far inoculate 87 per cent of the population, Reddy said.

He said the state government so far spent Rs 3,648.11 crore on Covid-19 care, including Rs 1,215 crore granted by the Centre.

The CM said his government valued human life.

To protect every life by making medicare accessible to every poor person, we have taken many steps in the last two and a half years. Ninety-five per cent of the state population that has an annual income of up to Rs 5 lakh is covered under the Aarogya Sri health insurance scheme, which is expanded to cover 2,446 medical procedures, Reddy said.

He noted that about Rs 4,000 crore was spent in the last 29 months on Aarogya Sri.

Costly procedures like heart transplantation (Rs 11 lakh), stem cell transplantation (two models of Rs 6.3 lakh and Rs 9.3 lakh each), bone marrow transplantation (Rs 10 lakh), bi-cochlear implant (Rs 12 lakh) are now covered under Aarogya Sri, he added.

The Chief Minister further said 10,032 village clinics and 560 urban health clinics were being set up across the state. Also, 1,325 primary health centres, 52 area hospitals and 191 community health centres are being transformed with better amenities in conformity with the national standards.

Doctors and para-medical staff were being recruited.

We are spending Rs 16,250 crore on all this. Besides, we are also establishing 16 new teaching hospitals, ushering in a great revolution, Reddy noted.

This would make super-specialty medical services available in each of the 25 parliamentary constituencies in the state.

The Chief Minister said the government was also encouraging private players to set up super-specialty hospitals in all district headquarters. We will give land and support them in every way if they come forward to set up the facilities at a cost of Rs 100 crore each, he added.

Earlier, making a detailed statement in the House, Deputy Chief Minister (Health) A K K Srinivas (Nani) said a sum of Rs 13,830 crore has been earmarked in the current year’s budget for health care, which was a 21.11 per cent hike over last year.

He said more than 14,000 posts, including doctors and professors, were being filled up in the Medical and Health Department now to strengthen the health care delivery and also improve teaching.


Tesla’s Giga casting strategy to be adopted by half a dozen other automakers



Tesla’s approach to using giant casting machines, nicknamed Giga Press, to make car bodies with just a few massive casted parts is catching on in the auto industry.

A Tesla supplier says that it is working with about half a dozen other automakers taking the same approach.

Over the last few years, Tesla has been heavily investing in casting and alloy technology to enable larger casted parts that have the capability to greatly simplify manufacturing.

The company acquired several units of the biggest casting machines in the world. They have been deployed at Tesla’s factories in the US, Berlin, and China.

Tesla has already been producing the Model Y with a single rear body piece that replaced 70 different parts in the vehicle.

Earlier this year, a picture of the first single front casting part of the Model Y produced at Gigafactory Texas leaked.

Last month, we reported that Tesla produced the first Model Y with both front and back single-piece casting.

The strategy to greatly reduce the number of pieces to make a car body results in a massive reduction in the complexity of the body line and the capital needed to build the production line.

It also brings weight advantage to the vehicle itself, which in turn can improve efficiency. However, it’s not all advantage.

Some people in the industry have been critical of the cost associated with potential repair in the event of an accident. This is led to questions whether Tesla is leading a new way for the auto industry to build cars in the future or if it was a fool’s errand.

But now it looks like some other automakers are willing to give it a shot, especially in China.

The New York Times published a report on Liu Siong Song, an engineer behind LK Technology, a partner in Tesla’s casting technology.

Liu said that he is working with six Chinese automakers to deploy similar casting technology as soon as next year:

“In addition to Tesla, LK will supply similar giant casting machines to six Chinese companies by early 2022 as more automakers adopt Tesla’s way of making cars, Mr. Liu said.”

However, the engineer suggests that they might run into some issues:

“For all China’s progress, it still has a long way to go. LK hopes to deliver the same types of casting machines to many Chinese companies in the next two years. But some of those companies are struggling to find car designers of the type and talent that Tesla has aplenty. Without the designs, LK can’t deliver the machines.”

Aside from designs, other automakers might also run into some issues with materials.

Tesla has long invested in material science to develop its own alloys to support such large casting parts. The automaker even partnered with SpaceX to share material science talent to develop those alloys.

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Entertainment District Arc Release Date & What to Expect



Demon Slayer rounded out its Mugen Train Arc on Nov. 28, bringing Tanjiro’s mission with the Flame Hashira to a bittersweet end. Although “Set Your Heart Ablaze” will no doubt have fans feeling emotional, the conclusion of this arc also gives them a reason to be excited. The anime will officially move into never-before-seen territory with its next episode, which will kick off Demon Slayer Season 2’s Entertainment District Arc. What can fans expect from this new chapter, and when will it begin?

When does ‘Demon Slayer’s Entertainment District Arc start?

Official poster art for the 'Demon Slayer' Season 2 Entertainment District Arc being adapted from the manga to the anime.

Official art for ‘Demon Slayer’s Entertainment District Arc | ©Koyoharu Gotouge/SHUEISHA, Aniplex, ufotable

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Biden signs slate of bills aimed at supporting veterans



“We have many obligations, but we only have one truly sacred obligation, in my view. And that is prepare those we send into harm’s way, care for their families when they’re gone and care for them and their families when they’re home,” Biden said at the bill signing event. “And that’s a lifetime commitment.”

One bill directs the Government Accountability Office to study whether there are disparities associated with race and ethnicity when it comes to Veterans Affairs compensation benefits, disability ratings and rejections of claims for benefits. Another directs the VA to recruit military medical personnel to work in federal health care occupations.

The third bill is aimed at reducing out-of-pocket education costs for surviving spouses and children of military veterans, and another piece of legislation is geared toward addressing maternal mortality among female veterans by authorizing $15 million for the VA maternity care coordination programs.

“We’ve heard from veterans of color, who upon returning home from their service, are treated differently from white veterans. This bill will help us understand how this happened, keep better records, expose the facts of the light of day and allow us to do the necessary work making sure that all of our nation’s veterans — all of them — are treated with equal dignity and equal quality throughout their entire time,” Biden said ahead of the bill signing.

Biden noted the Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021 was championed by Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is a US Army veteran who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq, as well as Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and others. Duckworth is the first female double-amputee to serve in the Senate and was also the first senator to give birth while in office.

Biden also noted the legislation was one of Vice President Kamala Harris’ “pet projects” when she was a senator.

“Our country continues to have the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world … especially among Black and Native American women. For many years, Vice President Harris has led the fight to address this tragedy in maternal mortality in our nation,” Biden said.

The President was joined at the White House by Harris, Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough, members of Congress and advocates.

“Earlier this month, I commemorated Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery. On that solemn day, we lay a wreath and renew our oath,” Biden said. “But keeping faith with American veterans required much more than laying wreaths or making more oaths. It requires acts. That’s what you’ve done today, all of you. Acts.”

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