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After SC’s criticism, Centre releases COVID-19 death certificate guidelines

The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that the Ministry of Health and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have come up with guidelines for issuing “official document” for COVID-19 related deaths. The development comes following severe criticism by the Supreme Court over the framing of guidelines for issuing COVID-related death certificates. The Centre’s...

Study on Covaxin-Covishield vaccine mix gets DCGI nod

New Delhi: Days after  a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research supporting mix of Covaxin and Covishield, two major Covid-19 vaccines in India, the Drug Controller General of India has approved a separate study on this mix. The study as well as the clinical trials of mix use of Covaxin and Covishield will...

ICMR’s 4th sero survey: Over 67% population has Covid antibodies

New Delhi: The results of the fourth sero survey, conducted across the country, are out. And, they are quite encouraging. As per the results, 67.6 per cent, or roughly two-thirds, of the population above the age of 6 have developed antibodies against coronavirus, the government has said. The results of the fourth sero survey, conducted...

Man files complaint against Adar Poonawalla, claims “no antibodies developed after taking Covishield

A Lucknow resident, Pratap Chandra, has filed a complaint against Pune-based Serum Institute of India’s (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla, health ministry’s joint secretary Luv Agarwal, Indian Council of Medical Research director Balram Bhargava, and National Health Mission director Aparna Upadhyay, claiming that he did not develop any antibody against COVID-19 after taking a...

Home-based COVID-19 test kit approved by ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved a home-based rapid antigen test kit for COVID-19. The council has said the test kit should be used only on people having symptoms of the viral infection and for testing immediate contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in a laboratory-confirmed test. The home-based...

Study finds Covaxin effective against virus variants found in India, UK: Bharat Biotech

In a major development, Covaxin maker Bharat Biotech on Sunday announced that its COVID-19 vaccine has been found effective against the aggressively virulent B.1.167 strain of coronavirus detected in India and the B.1.1.7 strain found in the UK. The company’s claim is based on a study carried out by the Pune-based National Institute of Virology...

Centre tweaks COVID testing guidelines to reduce burden on labs

The Union government has revised the COVID-19 testing rules to reduce the burden on laboratories and testing centres across the country that are struggling to manage the huge inflow of samples resulting in a delay in delivering test reports. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in its latest advisory has said that no person...

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...