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COVID-19: Centre has no plan to vaccinate every Indian

The Centre has clarified that it has never said that the whole population of India will be immunised with the COVID-19 vaccine. Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said there was never a talk about inoculating the whole population of the country with the COVID-19 vaccine. “I just want to make this clear that the government...

COVAXIN may be available by February

Bharat Biotech, which is developing a vaccine against coronavirus—‘COVAXIN’—with the help of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), is hopeful of launching the vaccine as early as February. The company, which will start the third-phase trials of the vaccine in November, has earlier predicted that COVAXIN will be available only in the second quarter. A...

COVID-19: India’s case tally crosses 18 lakh-mark

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday informed that 52,972 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case count in the country to 18.03 lakh. The COVID-19 case count had crossed the 17 lakh-mark on Sunday. The daily...

No herd immunity in Ahmedabad: AMC study

Ahmedabad has no herd immunity against COVID-19. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s medical officer, health, Dr Bhavin Solanki on Thursday said that a study carried out by the civic body has found that the city has no herd immunity. The AMC carried out what is believed to be the biggest study in the world to know seropositivity...

COVID-19: India now third worst-hit country with nearly 7 lakh cases, 20,000 deaths

As many as 24,248 COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the last 24 hours taking the country’s tally to 6,97,413, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday. With this, the country has recorded over 20,000 cases of the infection for the fourth consecutive day. The death toll in the country due...

ICMR issues clarification after experts raise concern on Aug 15 deadline for COVID-19 vaccine

A day after experts raised concerns over the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) decision to fast-track vaccine development for COVID-19 and set a deadline for August 15, the ICMR has issued a clarification stating that it has decided to fast-track the process to cut red-tapeism. In a statement the ICMR said the letter sent...

ICMR speeds up processes to launch indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by Aug 15

Aiming to launch an indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by August 15, the Indian Council of Medical Research has written to select medical institutions and hospitals to fast-track clinical trial approvals for the vaccine candidate Covaxin being developed in collaboration with Bharat Biotech. Twelve clinical trial sites have been identified at present and the apex health research...

No community transmission of COVID-19 in India: Centre

The Centre on Thursday said that India is not in the community transmission stage, even as the country has been recording nearly 10,000 coronavirus cases daily for the past several days. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that there are more patients who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country than active cases...

ICMR scientist tests positive for COVID-19

A senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the apex body that formulates and alters the treatment protocols for COVID-19, has tested positive for novel coronavirus following which the entire ICMR building is being sanitised, sources said. The scientist, who is from Mumbai, had come to Delhi few days ago and tested...

After WHO suspends clinical trials, ICMR claims no major side-effects of hydroxychloroquine

The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has said that there are no major side-effects of hydroxychloroquine and people who have been prescribed this medicine can continue to take it under strict medical supervision. The statement by the ICMR comes a day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that it had “temporarily” suspended clinical...

ICMR issues revised guidelines for use of hydroxychloroquine amid coronavirus pandemic

A revised government advisory has recommended use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medication for asymptomatic healthcare workers working in non-COVID-19 hospitals, frontline staff on surveillance duty in containment zones, and paramilitary/police personnel involved in coronavirus infection-related activities. As was mentioned in the earlier advisory, the drug against the...

Diagnostic machines used for drug-resistant TB to be used for COVID-19 screening: ICMR

Diagnostic machines used for testing drug-resistant tuberculosis can now be used for screening and confirmation of COVID-19 cases, the apex health research body, ICMR said. As part of its efforts to ramp up the testing capacity, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had approved the use of TrueNat system for conducting coronavirus tests on...