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WHO advises against use of convalescent plasma therapy for Covid treatment

Paris: Convalescent plasma therapy had at one point been almost considered a miracle therapy for treatment of Covid-19. Now, the World Health Organization (WHO) has strongly advised against the use of this therapy to treat the infection. The convalescent plasma therapy involves separating plasma from the blood of patients who have recovered from Covid-19 and...

More doors open for Covaxin; UK to allow fully vaccinated travellers from November 22

New Delhi: The emergency approval to Covaxin by the World Health Organization (WHO) has opened more doors for those who have received the vaccine. After the United States, now the United Kingdom (UK) too has given the nod to Bharat Biotech’s indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine. Thus, those who have received both the shots of Covaxin...

After WHO approval, US to allow fully ‘Covaxin-ated’ travellers from November 8

New Delhi: The approval by the World Health Organization (WHO) for India’s indigenous Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin for emergency use has ended the uncertainty among those who had got both doses of the vaccine but were unable to travel in absence of the approval. Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin got the WHO approval on Wednesday. Following this, the...

Fully ‘Covaxin-ated’, but want Covishield to travel abroad? Let’s wait for WHO decision, says SC

New Delhi: The delayed approval to Bharat Biotech’s Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin by the World Health Organization (WHO) has meant many an anxious moment for several individuals who have received it and are unable to travel to certain countries because of lack of approval to Covaxin. A petition in the Supreme Court had sought permission for...

WHO closely tracking new coronavirus variant ‘Mu’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it is closely tracking a new coronavirus variant ‘Mu’ that has shown signs of vaccine resistance. The global health agency in its weekly bulletin revealed that the Mu variant, also known as B.1.621, was first detected in January this year in Columbia. The agency has also said that...

WHO says 23 million children globally missed basic vaccination in 2020, India’s coverage also declined

Around 23 million children missed out on basic vaccines through routine immunization services in 2020 – 3.7 million more than in 2019, according to the official data published on Thursday by WHO and UNICEF. Most of these – up to 17 million children – did not receive a single vaccine during the year, widening already...

Covid-19 Delta Plus variant raises concern; Centre tells states to ramp up testing, tracing, vaccination

The mutated strain of Covid-19, listed as variant of concern, can spread faster and may potentially reduce monoclonal antibody response New Delhi: India has been witnessing a steady decline in fresh cases of Covid-19, but the emergence of the Delta Plus variant is triggering concern among health experts. On Tuesday, there were 50,848 case of...

Bharat Biotech submits Covaxin’s Phase 3 clinical trial data to DCGI

Vaccine maker Bharat Biotech has submitted the third phase clinical trial data of its vaccine against COVID-19 ‘Covaxin’ to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). The subject expert committee of the regulator is going to meet today to deliberate on the data submitted by the company. On Wednesday, the company is supposed to hold...

On International Yoga Day, PM Modi announces launch of M-Yoga app

Yoga training videos will be available in different languages through this app New Delhi: Taking forward his idea of making yoga easily available to people across the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced launch of M-Yoga app, a mobile application, for yoga videos. The videos will be available in different languages for people across the...

Covaxin yet to get nod from WHO for emergency use listing

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech is yet to secure approval from the World Health Organisation for emergency use listing of its COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’.  While the WHO has said it requires more information from the Covaxin maker, Bharat Biotech has said that it has already submitted 90 per cent of the documents required by the WHO. The...

3.26 lakh new COVID cases in India, 3890 fatalities in 24 hours

India recorded 3,26,098 new COVID cases taking the total number of cases to 24,372,907. Fatalities due to the disease in the last 24 hours stood at 3,890 taking the total death toll to 2,66,207. Maharashtra reported 39,923 new COVID cases and 695 deaths the highest in the country in the last 24 hours. Kerala came...

Political, religious events responsible for India’s COVID-19 crisis: WHO

The World Health Organisation has said that several political and religious gatherings were contributing factors behind the resurgence and acceleration of COVID-19 transmission in India. The WHO said this in the COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Report for the week ending May 9 based on a recent risk assessment of the COVID-19 situation in India. In the...