Sumi Sukanaya Dutta

Maharashtra Covid situation alarming; Haryana, Karnataka, Gujarat, MP at tipping point: Centre

ICMR director general Balram Bhargava, while ruling out the role of the mutant virus in the surge in the cases, put the blame on slackness on part of the administration and people.

11 Mar 2021

New variants of Covid-19 virus not behind the fresh surge in cases: Government

Two variants of SARS CoV 2 -- N440K and E484K -- have been detected in Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana.

23 Feb 2021

Tamil Nadu doctors to insist on Covishield shots

The circular advises that while all practising doctors should go for vaccination, they should “insist on Covishield till the Covaxin phase 3 results are out”.

16 Jan 2021

Regulators' meeting inconclusive, to further analyse data before approving Covishield, Covaxin

The meeting on Wednesday was the second time the SEC had met specifically to consider the vaccine applications.

30 Dec 2020

Phase 1, 2 trials show Covaxin helps generate antibodies that may last up to one year

"The study design is very good and results are extremely encouraging," immunologist Seyed Hasnain told The New Indian Express.

23 Dec 2020

WHO advises against use of remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment

President Donald Trump was treated with remdesivir among other medicines after he tested positive for Covid-19 in October. 

21 Nov 2020

Centre to provide advisory support for Russian Covid-19 vaccine trial in India

The development comes after the CDSCO approved an adaptive phase 2 and phase 3 trial of Sputnik V in the country, for which Dr. Reddy is the trial and distribution partner in India.

29 Oct 2020

47% of Covid deaths among those under 60: Health ministry

As there have been 1,09,856 deaths due to Covid-19 in the country so far, it means that 51,632 people below 60 years lost their lives due to the disease so far.

13 Oct 2020

COVID-19: 20 fold rise in oxygen demand in three months triggers scramble in several states

The Centre said some states are restricting manufacturing units in their territory from supplying it in other states which could be creating an oxygen shortage in several places.

15 Sep 2020

Plasma therapy not beneficial against coronavirus, finds ICMR study

The trial, called PLACID, was carried out under the aegis of Indian Council of Medical Research in 39 hospitals across 14 states and Union Territories. 

08 Sep 2020

States complaining that people have become lax: Centre on rising Covid-19 cases

Niti Aayog member (health) Dr. V K Paul stressed that public health measures such as social distancing and wearing masks remain the mainstay to slow down the pandemic.

08 Sep 2020

Centre considering phase 3 trial of Russian Covid-19 vaccine in India: Niti Aayog member

The results of phase 1 and 2 trials published in The Lancet last week said that the vaccine was well tolerated by all volunteers it was tested on and also triggered good antibody response.

08 Sep 2020

Not young or old but irresponsible people driving COVID-19 pandemic in India: ICMR

"Recovered COVID cases are 3.4 times the number of active cases," Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, meanwhile. stressed.

25 Aug 2020

'Health IDs for every citizen': Centre rolls out National Digital Health Mission on I-Day

Under the scheme, health record data for every individual will be recorded in a digital reservoir and standard protocols will be implemented to prevent unwarranted tests.

16 Aug 2020

Scientists, experts baffled as Russia registers world's first Covid-19 vaccine

The vaccine named Sputnik V, has been developed using inanimate particles created on the basis of adenovirus -- a common cold virus -- and is set to be available for public use in the coming weeks.

11 Aug 2020