Sumi Sukanya Dutta

Covaxin triggers higher antibody response in kids than adults: Bharat Biotech cites trial data

Citing data from clinical trials, the company said that neutralizing antibodies in children, on average, were found to be 1.7 times higher than in adults.

30 Dec 2021

Data suggest Omicron impact milder; India won’t lower its guard

According to the latest data released by the Health Security Agency in the UK, where Covid cases have been skyrocketing, there have been just 668 hospital admissions among patients.

30 Dec 2021

Two more vaccines and a pill added to India's inventory to combat Covid 

DCGI on Tuesday gave emergency use authorisation (EUA) to Covid vaccines Covovax and Corbevax, apart from Covid drug molnupiravir.

29 Dec 2021

Over-60s won't need co-morbidity certificate for precautionary Covid jab, says Centre in U-turn

This will make the entire 60 plus population in India, who have completed 39 weeks since their second Covid vaccination, eligible for the precaution dose against coronavirus.

28 Dec 2021

Covaxin alone for the 15-17; 39-week gap for COVID boosters

Adolescents born in 2007 or before can register on Co-WIN to book vaccine slots or can simply walk into vaccination centres, the Union health ministry said in a document.

28 Dec 2021

Only Covaxin for 15-18 year olds for now; precaution doses after 39 weeks of second Covid jab

Though the government document did not clarify on the type of vaccine to be available as the third dose for beneficiaries, officials said that it will be the same vaccine as the two doses before.

27 Dec 2021

PM announces booster shots for frontline workers, 60-plus population; vaccination also to begin for 15-18 age group

The mega announcements by the PM come even though the country’s top advisory panel on immunization was yet to give its final recommendation on booster doses or vaccination for kids.

26 Dec 2021

Centre sends teams to 10 states of Covid concern

The states where the multi-disciplinary teams have been sent include Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Mizoram, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Punjab.

26 Dec 2021

India has over 7 lakh hospital beds to tackle Omicron

On Friday, officials said the country has an inventory of 7.2 lakh hospital beds and is better prepared for the supply of medical oxygen.

26 Dec 2021

DGCI nod to Covaxin for use in children above 12 years; vaccine may come in pre-filled syringes

Earlier, the Hyderabad based vaccine maker had said that it had submitted data from clinical trials in the 2-18 years age group for Covaxin to the regulator which was thoroughly reviewed by the CDSCO.

25 Dec 2021

Centre flags low Covid vaccination coverage in Tamil Nadu, 10 other states

The states where the vaccination coverage against coronavirus is low include some of the most populous ones including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Punjab and Odisha.

24 Dec 2021

Hopeful sign? Analysis of Omicron in India shows that most cases are mild or asymptomatic

Out of 358 confirmed cases of this variant in the country so far, an analysis of 183 cases has shown that nearly 70% of the patients were totally asymptomatic while 30% had mild symptoms

24 Dec 2021

Third dose of Covishield significantly boosts antibodies against Omicron: Study

The study found that antibody levels against Omicron after the booster shot were higher than antibodies in people who had been infected with and recovered naturally from Covid-19.

23 Dec 2021

Meeting this week to discuss Covid booster shots

Sources in the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation said the panel is meeting this week to deliberate on additional shots of Covid-19

23 Dec 2021

Centre decides to conduct genome sequencing of all positive cases in 8 cities

Citing a meeting with state surveillance officers of these states last week, NCDC head Singh said the eight cities were identified for monitoring community transmission.

23 Dec 2021

'Omicron is three times more transmissible than Delta variant': Health Ministry to states

The ministry further said that greater foresight, data analysis, dynamic decision making and strict and prompt containment action is required at the local and district level.

21 Dec 2021

Conflicting Omicron data pushes government into action

Centre to review hospital infra, including status of oxygen devices

19 Dec 2021

UK Covid spike would translate to 14 lakh cases a day in India, warns government as Omicron tally crosses 100 mark

Worryingly, these spikes are being reported despite a high coverage of Covid vaccinations and history of previous major waves, driven by Delta.

18 Dec 2021

Genome tests in India find Omicron in only one per cent of samples, no clusters 

While Omicron has led to a tsunami of fresh Covid infections in Europe, some mathematical models have predicted that India will start seeing a major spike in cases from mid-January.

17 Dec 2021

Select engineering colleges may get to offer course on artificial intelligence

A government panel is set to submit by the end of this month its final recommendations on new streams, senior officials in the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) said.

16 Dec 2021

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