Sumi Sukanya Dutta

Merck’s Covid-19 pill close to regulator nod in India, may cost Rs 500-Rs 1,000

The drug molnupriravir, a broad spectrum antiviral, has shown promise in international trials in halting the progression of Covid-19 in its early stages.

13 Nov 2021

Finally, WHO includes Covaxin in its emergency use list of COVID-19 vaccines

The WHO said the technical advisory group convened by it determined that the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks and it can be used across the world

03 Nov 2021

Regulator proposes 10-year cap to finish MBBS course for medical aspirants

This, said top officials in the National Medical Commission (NMC), is aimed at removing non-serious candidates from the field.

02 Nov 2021

Hopes rise for anti-Covid drug, firms move regulator

In India, five companies had entered into voluntary licensing agreements to produce generic versions of this drug.

31 Oct 2021

Non-MBBS teachers in medical colleges staring at an uncertain future

The ministry, however, seems to have turned a blind eye to their petition. Association members pointed out that the Teachers Eligibility and Qualifications guidelines of the previous regulator,

30 Oct 2021

Delay in submitting virus inactivation data pushes WHO nod for Covaxin

The WHO has sought “additional clarifications” from Covaxin maker Bharat Biotech for a final assessment on November 3.

28 Oct 2021

'11 crore missed second Covid vaccine dose': Centre calls for meeting with state health ministers

Over 76% of the adult population in the country has now received at least one shot of the Covid vaccine but the percentage of people with full coverage is only a little above 32%.

26 Oct 2021

Nine medical colleges in one go shows UP’s traction post COVID crisis

With Siddharthnagar, Etah, Hardoi, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Deoria, Ghazipur, Mirzapur and Jaunpur districts getting the new medical colleges, UP now boasts of 57 medical colleges in all.

26 Oct 2021

India on alert over new highly mobile COVID-19 variant 'AY. 4.2'

So far, this variant has not been detected in India in over 68,000 samples from SARS CoV 2 infected patients that have undergone whole genome sequencing under the INSACOG project.

24 Oct 2021

Watch out for vaccine hesitancy, say experts

As per government data, a little over 75% of the adult population in the country has received at least one dose of the vaccine while the percentage covered with both doses is just about 31%.

23 Oct 2021

India crosses 1 billion Covid vaccine mark, Covishield proves to be lynchpin of drive

Around 75 per cent of India's all eligible adult population has been administered at least the first dose and around 31 per cent has received both the doses of the vaccines.

22 Oct 2021

No RT-PCR on arrival: India eases access for those flying in from 11 countries

In fresh guidelines for international arrivals, India eased the screening process for countries with which it has reciprocal recognition of vaccination certificates.

21 Oct 2021

Bid to make IIT counselling error-free

The decision to make the process friendlier for students was made by the Joint Seat Allocation Authority, the panel responsible for admission counselling.

19 Oct 2021

First draft of right to health and healthcare bill made by private university ready

The draft says that every individual will have the right to access and not be denied use of public or private transport services during a public health emergency.

17 Oct 2021

Fall in COVID vaccination numbers during festive season leaves experts worried

Rise in daily vaccinations that began in late August has plummeted to under 50 lakh doses over the last few days, while there has not been a single one crore plus vaccination day during this month.

17 Oct 2021

JEE-Advanced: Slip in successful girl candidate count

JEE-Advanced is the entrance test for admission into IITs and NITs. A total of 1,41,699 candidates appeared in both papers.

16 Oct 2021

Government medical colleges too catch faculty data fudge bug

The Commission said its Medical Assessment and Rating Board observed that faculty positions in many departments of government medical colleges have stayed vacant for several years.

13 Oct 2021

Expert panel endorses Covaxin for kids, vaccine may come in pre-filled syringes

The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) on COVID-19 examined the data and deliberated on the EUA application on Monday.

12 Oct 2021

Five private labs join Covid-19 genome surveillance project

Beginning with 10 national research laboratories that came together in view of the B1617 variant of Covid, the INSACOG project went on to add 18 more regional laboratories over the past few months.

12 Oct 2021

‘Vaccine hesitancy still a problem in remote areas’

Though no concrete data on the percentage of people choosing to forgo vaccines is available, it has been estimated that in remote and rural areas, up to 10% people may be sceptical.

09 Oct 2021

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