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Lucky draw among strategies planned to improve Covid vaccine coverage

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New Delhi: Weekly or monthly lucky draw programmes for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are among the strategies planned by the government to encourage people yet to take the first dose and those overdue for the second jab to get inoculated, sources said on Sunday.

The Union Health Ministry has planned other initiatives also such as organising workplace vaccination and providing badges to fully vaccinated employees.

States and Union Territories may soon be suggested to undertake these initiatives.

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The strategies also include involving influential figures in districts or villages, who themselves are vaccinated, to motivate their peer groups in getting the anti-Covid shots.

Such people may be appointed as ‘ambassadors’ and oriented about the government’s ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ initiative. They can, in turn, provide sound advice to people on the importance of taking both the doses of vaccine and completing the vaccination schedule.

The government has launched the month-long ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign for house-to-house COVID-19 vaccination of those who are yet to take a dose and those whose second jab is overdue.

“Workplace vaccination can be organised targeting people who are due for their doses. Employees, both at private and government offices and other workplaces, may be given badges having vaccination messages such as ‘I am fully vaccinated, are you fully vaccinated too’ to encourage their colleagues to get the doses,” a source said.

“Also, weekly or monthly lucky draw programmes may be organized for the fully vaccinated. Household items like kitchen appliances, ration kit, travel passes, cash prizes can be given to the winners of the lucky draw to motivate the fence-sitters to go for vaccination.”

Ideas or initiatives at the local level may further help in motivating people and mobilizing the left-out or dropped-out beneficiaries and help in ensuring that all adults are protected against Covid infection, the source said.

According to officials, around 82 per cent of the eligible population in India have received the first dose of the vaccine while around 43 per cent have been fully inoculated. Over 12 crore beneficiaries are overdue for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine after the expiry of the prescribed interval between the two doses.

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Vistara resumes flights to Singapore amid concerns over new Covid-19 variant | Latest News India

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The World Health Organisation has dubbed Omicron a variant of concern after early evidence showed it could be more transmissible, and resistant to immunity from past infection or vaccination

A Vistara flight from Mumbai landed in Singapore on Monday while Singapore Airlines and IndiGo were also scheduled to resume their flights between the two countries even as the airlines awaited clarity on operations in view of the detection of a new Covid-19 variant–Omicron.

The government on Friday allowed scheduled international flights from December 15 to and from all countries considered not at risk”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked officials to review the plan to ease international travel restrictions after the new variant triggered global alarm. He called for the need to be “proactive in light of the new threat”.

The World Health Organisation has dubbed Omicron a variant of concern after early evidence showed it could be more transmissible, and resistant to immunity from past infection or vaccination. The detection has prompted countries such as Japan to suspend the entry of foreign visitors.

Also Read: Congress MP reminds Centre of promise to fully vaccinate Indians by 2021

Vistara operated the Mumbai-Singapore flight under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), which allows quarantine-free travel to Singapore for fully vaccinated travellers. The airline has scheduled five flights weekly to Singapore.

IndiGo was scheduled to operate a Chennai-Singapore flight under VTL at 2.50 pm. It has been allocated 3,618 seats per week, of which 1,624 seats will be available on the Chennai-Singapore route under VTL.

“The rest of the capacity will be utilised under non-VTL conditions for travel to and from Singapore,” an airline spokesperson said.

A Singapore airline official said they will be operating flights to Singapore as per schedule until the government issues fresh guidelines. The airline’s first flight between the two countries is scheduled to take off at 4.25 pm (IST) from Singapore and arrive in Delhi at 9.55 pm.

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“They changed the character to suit me”

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Ma Dong-seok has opened up about how he ended up being cast in the latest Marvel film, Eternals.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone Korea, the Korean-American actor – known for roles in South Korean movies such as Train To Busan, The Outlaws and more – spoke about what it was like to make his Hollywood debut in Eternals and the process which led him to being a part of the film.

Train To Busan was a global sensation,” he said. “The people at Marvel watched me in The Outlaws, The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil and Champion and requested me for a casting.”

“After that, I was busy with my life until I received a phone call. It was [casting director] Sarah Finn saying, ‘There’s a character perfect for you in a Marvel movie called Eternals. Come take a look’,” he added, noting that he knew the character of Gilgamesh would be “perfect” for him.

Ma then spoke about how Eternals director Chloé Zhao and Marvel had worked together to modify the character for him. “In fact, Gilgamesh isn’t even an Asian character. They changed the character to suit me,” he said. “They knew that I had boxed for a long time, so they changed the action to hand-to-hand combat. I was really touched that they were so considerate and made the character to fit me.”

Elsewhere during the interview, the actor also touched on what being a South Korean actor in a Hollywood film meant for a global audience. “It’s no longer shocking for an Asian actor to be cast into a Hollywood film,” he said. “But I think my situation is unique because I’m taking on the role of an action hero.”

In other news, Zhao has spoken about why she cast Harry Styles in Eternals. “I kept tabs on Harry since Dunkirk, I thought he was very interesting,” she told Deadline. “After meeting him I realised he is that character – the same way I cast the rest of my cast.”

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Rick And Morty Season 6 Release Date, Crossover- Daily Research Plot

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Rick And Morty Season 6 Updates: Now it’s time to get schwifty. Season six of Rick and Morty is formally on its manner, with creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland tough at the artwork on the subsequent batch of episodes.

The active sci-fi collection has come to be a prime hit for the cause that its debut in 2013 and lovers are keen for his or her subsequent hit of wacky generation fiction action.

This sounds greater formal and a few human beings could probably say it is better.

But what’s going to appear to Rick and Morty in Season 6?

“Rick & Morty” added a hair-raiser withinside the Season five finale, with the Citadel destroyed and Evil Morty on his manner to a universe outdoor of Rick’s influence.

It’s the shape of the finale that really turns a display upside down, and we cannot wait to discover how Rick and Morty are going to deal with it.

Will they track down Evil Morty and position subjects properly, or has the multiverse been modified forever? Here’s what we recognize approximately Rick and Morty Season 6 so far:

“Rick and Morty” Season 6 is predicted to air on Adult Swim, however no unique beginning date has been announced.

It is presently unknown while the subsequent season will debut, however, it’s miles concept that the season will debut around 12 months after the season five finale.

In October 2022, the temperature can be a strong prediction. There has to turn out to be a one-12 months damage among Season four and Season five, so that is understandable.

Spencer Grammar discovered out that Season 6 is probably already withinside the works and may not take as extended to hit the air on our TVs.

This is the query this is left after the final season. With the destruction of the Citadel, Rick’s delivery of portal fluid has needed to have prolonged past up in smoke.

At the stop of the season five finale, Rick throws his portal gun away. Will portal generation artwork after the sports activities of this catastrophe?

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Season 6 really wants to solution this query quickly, It is likewise feasible that Evil Morty has spread out in fact new possibilities. Breaking the primary finite curvelets in Rick Sanchez to journey to vicinity wherein he is not the pinnacle dog.

Rick and Morty are headed to 1 of these one-of-a-type universes, and that is probably no longer going to stop well for our Rick and Morty.

It can be nearly now not viable for C-137 Rick to capture as a good buy as him if there’s no greater portal fluid to transport round. Season 6 goes to should solve some of the one’s questions if Rick and Morty are going to hold the multiverse.

Either that or way to the meta-humor of the display, the whole thing can be over again to every day the minute Season 6 kicks off. who knows.

By February 2021, “Rick and Morty” author Rubens tweeted that the group had started writing Season 7.

“Am I allowed to mention we started out writing Rick and Morty Season 7? That’s a quite proper indicator that the scripts for Season 6 had been completed.

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