Sumi Sukanya Dutta

Centre asks states for mock drill of oxygen devices as Omicron threat looms large

The Union Health Ministry instructed the states to schedule and conduct mock drills of all installed and commissioned PSA plants to ensure that they are in fully operational status.

15 Dec 2021

Omicron outbreak in India: Booster likely for Covaxin recipients first, say sources 

The WHO has recommended that in the wake of the Omicron threat, whole inactivated virus-based vaccine recipients should get booster doses, along with those identified as most immuno-compromised.

15 Dec 2021

Central approval to set up 38 more medical colleges 

Nearly 6 per cent in number of MBBS seats across the country as compared to last year  

14 Dec 2021

Omicron epicentre data gives reason for hope

The data showed clear signs that Omicron infections are milder than the ones caused by Delta, which led to a devastating wave of COVID-19 in many countries this year.

13 Dec 2021

India's COVID-19 booster dose policy will be in line with WHO's, says Centre

The world health body so far has been vehemently opposing booster doses for the general population, while endorsing it for those with serious immuno-suppression

10 Dec 2021

Centre ask states to review vaccine requirement as Serum Institute looks at cutting down production of Covishield

This comes as nearly 19.19 cr doses remain unutilised and SII hinting to halve its production due to low demand

10 Dec 2021

Omicron scare? Vaccination sees 15 per cent rise in two weeks as India figures cross 130 crore mark

Omicron variant of the SARS CoV 2, which was detected by South Africa on November 25 has created ripples across the world mainly due to worries of a fresh surge in infections.

09 Dec 2021

No consensus in panel on Covid-19 booster shot due to gaps in post vaccination data

It was earlier hinted that the committee would advise the government on allowing additional shots for the vulnerable population apart from vaccination for adolescents and kids.

08 Dec 2021

Don’t panic, no third wave yet, say experts on upstick of COVID cases in nine states

So far, a total of 23 Omicron infections have been confirmed in the country with Maharashtra reporting two more cases on Monday.

07 Dec 2021

Two more Omicron cases in India, government flags rising infection in six states

Nearly 50 people in states such as Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, are under the scanner for being infected with the highly mutated variant.

05 Dec 2021

Hysteria must not overtake empathy and common sense: CSIR-IGIB Director Anurag Agarwal on Omicron detection

Many calculations about transmissibility being six times higher than Delta have an underlying flaw, Agarwal said.

29 Nov 2021

Research reveals long term benefits of Covaxin

The study, funded by the Centre's department of biotechnology has shown that T and B cell memory responses generated by Covaxin measures.

21 Nov 2021

Experts may decide next week on COVID booster shots

Studies have also shown that the existing Covid vaccines, though potent, are far from being perfect and while they reduce the risks of hospitalisation and severe disease, they do not eliminate them. 

20 Nov 2021

Efficacy of COVID vaccines satisfactory, finds ICMR study as over 115 crore inoculated in India so far

The study, submitted to The Lancet for publication, showed effectiveness was the highest with a gap of 6-8 weeks between two shots of Covishield and Covaxin.

19 Nov 2021

Resident doctors demand decision on PG admissions following delay

Federation of All India Medical Association said that this has put extraordinary burden on the existing junior residents who are made to do double shifts to make up for the reduced work force.

18 Nov 2021

Enrolment in government schools high during COVID times, big jump in private tuition takers

ASER is a citizen-led household survey by NGO Pratham and its findings offer insights on the COVID's impact on education.

18 Nov 2021

PhD for Assistant Professor’s job may go for good as Centre takes u-turn on the matter

In August, the University Grants Commission had put on hold the implementation of guidelines released three years ago, which proposed making PhD mandatory for hiring assistant professors.

17 Nov 2021

Foreign MBBS graduates could need double internships to practice in India

As of now, these medical graduates, except those who get their degrees in US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, are required to clear the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination and an internship.

16 Nov 2021

At peak of pandemic, only five per cent of hospitalisations under PMJAY: Study

The latest report, however, showed that shockingly in Gujarat and Punjab, with 14.7 lakh and 6 lakh beneficiaries, respectively, not a single hospitalisation was for Covid treatment.

14 Nov 2021

Merck’s Covid pill -- Molnupriravir -- close to regulator nod

The drug Molnupriravir, a broad spectrum antiviral, has shown promise in international trials in halting the progression of Covid in its early stages.

14 Nov 2021

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