Soumya Swaminathan

The need for vaccine booster shots as COVID deaths rise

The recent trend in India's mortality curve is disturbing as the number of deaths due to the coronavirus have almost tripled in the last seven days.

published on : 30th October 2021

Children less severely impacted by COVID-19 pandemic: WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan

Soumya Swaminathan said SARS-CoV2 virus may not disappear, but it is not going to cause the kind of impact and panic it caused over the last two years.

published on : 24th September 2021

WHO chief scientist welcomes India's decision to restart COVID-19 vaccine exports

Union health minister announced Government of India will resume Vaccine Maitri, an initiative to provide Covid vaccines to countries around the world and also fulfil its responsibility under Covax. 

published on : 21st September 2021

Covid in India may be entering some kind of stage of endemicity: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan

On the use of drugs like Remdesivir, HCQ or Ivermectin for Covid treatment, she said as of now, there is no evidence that HCQ or Ivermectin have any role to play in reducing mortality or morbidity.

published on : 24th August 2021

WHO warns against taking Covid boosters before first vaccines

'We believe clearly that the data does not indicate that boosters are needed,' Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said at a news conference in Geneva

published on : 18th August 2021

COVID jabs may not provide absolute protection but reduces risk of death, complications: Soumya Swaminathan

WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said there will be a need to be on guard in the months to come as well.

published on : 12th August 2021

Mandaviya meets WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan, discusses health body's approval for Covaxin

All documents required for EUL have been submitted by Bharat Biotech for COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin to the World Health Organization.

published on : 12th August 2021

Delta variant on its way to becoming dominant variant globally because of significantly increased transmissibility: Top WHO official

According to the COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update issued by the WHO on June 15, the Delta variant is now being reported in about 80 countries around the world.

published on : 19th June 2021

WHO warns against use of ivermectin suggested in India's national Covid management protocol

This drug was classified as a possible therapy for mildly symptomatic patients "based on low certainty of evidence" in the latest national clinical guidelines for Covid-19 treatment.

published on : 11th May 2021

Variant among accelerators of India's Covid explosion: WHO top scientist

Soumya Swaminathan said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19, which was first detected in India last October, was clearly a contributing factor to the catastrophe.

published on : 9th May 2021

WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan on new UK-led pandemic team

The PPP is chaired by UK Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, and has the remit to report to world leaders at June's UK-hosted G7 Summit in Cornwall.

published on : 21st April 2021