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Current Covid vaccines may be less effective against Omicron variant, predicts Moderna 

According to Stephane Bancel, chief executive at Moderna, it will take several months before pharma companies can manufacture variant-specific jabs at scale, The Financial Times reported.

published on : 30th November 2021

Covid: Odisha government makes RT-PCR mandatory for foreign returnees amid Omicron fear

Districts, municipal corporations and medical colleges have been asked to send RT-PCR positive samples to designated genome sequencing laboratory.

published on : 28th November 2021

'Have to wait and watch how Omicron evolves': Top ICMR scientist on new COVID variant

Samiran Panda also said that vaccines used in India -- Covaxin and Covishield -- have been reported to work against previously identified mutants from within India and other countries.

published on : 27th November 2021

Odisha to screen travellers from South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana for new Covid variant

The new variant has over 30 mutations in spike protein most of which are of concern for immune evasion and transmissibility.

published on : 27th November 2021

EXPLAINER | Is new Covid variant 'Omicron' more lethal than Delta? Here's all you need to know

The scientific community is worried as they fear that this new strain could fuel outbreaks in several countries and cripple health systems once again.

published on : 26th November 2021

EXPLAINER: What is this new COVID variant in South Africa?

South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country's most populous province.

published on : 26th November 2021

New COVID variant: Rajasthan asks schools not to force students for offline classes;  Delhi government calls for meeting

According to new instructions released by Rajasthan Home Department on Friday, students will have to get a written permission from parents before coming to institutes.

published on : 26th November 2021