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  • COVID-19 | Delhi HC criticises ‘irritating’ dialer tune asking people to get vaccinated despite shortage May 13, 2021 09:42 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Delhi HC criticises ‘irritating’ dialer tune asking people to get vaccinated despite shortage

    A Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli said: “You have been playing that one irritating message on the phone whenever one makes a call, for we do not know how long, that you (people) should get the vaccine when you (Centre) don’t have enough vaccines.”

  • Explainer: Will extending gap between two Covishield doses help save more people? May 13, 2021 09:23 PM IST

    Explainer: Will extending gap between two Covishield doses help save more people?

    The government said it based its decision on the COVID Working Group, chaired by Dr NK Arora that reviewed the available real-life evidence before recommending the extension of the gap between the two doses.

  • EXCLUSIVE | Dr Devi Shetty's 3-point plan to hasten vaccination - buy as one, buy in bulk, rope in private hospitals May 13, 2021 07:58 PM IST

    EXCLUSIVE | Dr Devi Shetty's 3-point plan to hasten vaccination - buy as one, buy in bulk, rope in private hospitals

    Dr Devi Shetty, one of India's most respected cardiac surgeons and founder of Narayana Health, says India is facing a war-like situation and needs a different game plan.

  • Mumbai adds 1,946 new COVID-19 cases on May 13, positivity rate now 6.3% May 13, 2021 07:56 PM IST

    Mumbai adds 1,946 new COVID-19 cases on May 13, positivity rate now 6.3%

    As many as 68 COVID-19 patients succumbed to the disease on May 13 as against 66 coronavirus deaths recorded in Mumbai yesterday.

  • Mucormycosis/ Black Fungus infection: What it is, symptoms, preventive methods, and more May 13, 2021 07:07 PM IST

    Mucormycosis/ Black Fungus infection: What it is, symptoms, preventive methods, and more

    Do not consider all cases of blocked nose to be bacterial sinusitis, especially in the context of immunosuppressors and/or COVID-19 patients on immunomodulators; It could be a Black Fungus infection, ICMR has warned.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine | Gap between two Covishield doses extended to 12-16 weeks: Union Health Ministry May 13, 2021 04:44 PM IST

    COVID-19 Vaccine | Gap between two Covishield doses extended to 12-16 weeks: Union Health Ministry

    The suggestion to increase the gap between two Covishield doses was made by the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).

  • COVID-19 | Medical facility, app for 24X7 helpline, vaccination drive: IndiGo lists measures to support employees May 13, 2021 04:01 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Medical facility, app for 24X7 helpline, vaccination drive: IndiGo lists measures to support employees

    A vaccination drive for IndiGo employees has already been initiated, the airline said, adding that the inoculation programme is underway across 40 stations in its network and at its support centre at Gurugram.

  • COVID-19: What is happy hypoxia and why is it dangerous? May 13, 2021 03:58 PM IST

    COVID-19: What is happy hypoxia and why is it dangerous?

    Patients suffering from happy hypoxia are able to walk and talk with ease. Their blood pressure, pulse readings also come in the normal range, even though their oxygen levels might have dipped well below 80 percent in most cases.

  • MG Motor donates 200 beds to COVID-affected people with help of Credihealth May 13, 2021 03:14 PM IST

    MG Motor donates 200 beds to COVID-affected people with help of Credihealth

    Credihealth has recently launched a helpline for asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 patients.

  • Lupin aims to bring COVID-19 drugs, jabs; approaches Gilead for Remdesivir May 13, 2021 02:47 PM IST

    Lupin aims to bring COVID-19 drugs, jabs; approaches Gilead for Remdesivir

    Lupin aims to be actively involved in prevention and treatment of COVID-19, changing its strategy of being relatively less active during the first wave of the pandemic last year.

  • Goa gets 32,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for 18-44 age group May 13, 2021 02:44 PM IST

    Goa gets 32,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for 18-44 age group

    Speaking to PTI, director of Health Services Dr Jose D''Sa said a first lot of 32,000 vaccine doses from Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) had arrived in the state during the day.

  • Mixing of COVID-19 vaccines increases reports of fatigue, headache: Study May 13, 2021 02:36 PM IST

    Mixing of COVID-19 vaccines increases reports of fatigue, headache: Study

    However, the adverse reactions were short-lived and there were no other safety concerns.

  • COVID-19 | Lockdown imposed in Bihar extended till May 25: CM Nitish Kumar May 13, 2021 02:35 PM IST

    COVID-19 | Lockdown imposed in Bihar extended till May 25: CM Nitish Kumar

    The ongoing lockdown has shown a "positive impact", the chief minister said, as he announced the extension of COVID-19 curbs by another 10 days.

  • 50 employees of Bharat Biotech test COVID-19 positive, says Joint MD Suchitra Ella May 13, 2021 01:49 PM IST

    50 employees of Bharat Biotech test COVID-19 positive, says Joint MD Suchitra Ella

    Ella said as many as 18 states received Covaxin though in smaller shipments.

  • Indian states turn to anti-parasitic drug to fight COVID-19 against WHO advice May 13, 2021 01:45 PM IST

    Indian states turn to anti-parasitic drug to fight COVID-19 against WHO advice

    The move by the coastal state of Goa and northern state of Uttarakhand, come despite the World Health Organization and others warning against such measures.

  • Maharashtra lockdown: Restrictions extended in state till June 1 May 13, 2021 01:15 PM IST

    Maharashtra lockdown: Restrictions extended in state till June 1

    Maharashtra lockdown: As per the order, additional restrictions include mandatory negative RT-PCR test report for any person entering the state by any mode of transport.

  • Technology transfer, voluntary licences will help improve vaccine supply, says FICCI May 13, 2021 01:07 PM IST

    Technology transfer, voluntary licences will help improve vaccine supply, says FICCI

    Compulsory licensing may not enhance manufacturing as the lack of availability of raw materials remains a significant constraint, the industry body has said.

  • COVID-19 | IDMA urges Centre to issue compulsory licences to push manufacturing of drugs May 13, 2021 01:06 PM IST

    COVID-19 | IDMA urges Centre to issue compulsory licences to push manufacturing of drugs

    The sharp spike in COVID-19 cases during the second wave has led to shortage of medicines such as Remdesivir, Fabiflu, and Tocilizumab.

  • COVID-positive lawyer joins hearing from hospital, HC lauds commitment May 13, 2021 12:45 PM IST

    COVID-positive lawyer joins hearing from hospital, HC lauds commitment

    Lawyer Subhash Chandran joined the hearing via video conference with an oxygen mask strapped to his face.

  • Delhi's O2 requirement down to 582 MT, told Centre to give surplus quota to other states: Manish Sisodia May 13, 2021 12:44 PM IST

    Delhi's O2 requirement down to 582 MT, told Centre to give surplus quota to other states: Manish Sisodia

    He thanked the Centre and the Delhi High Court for coming to the aid of the people of Delhi while they were in distress due to a surge in the number of coronavirus cases.

  • Is it COVID or the Flu? New combo tests can find out May 13, 2021 12:43 PM IST

    Is it COVID or the Flu? New combo tests can find out

    This so-called quad test, now available at thousands of hospitals and clinics around the country, could detect not only the coronavirus, but two types of influenza and the respiratory syncytial virus, or R.S.V. A little more than a half-hour later, Dr. Blake Gustafson had the patient’s result: He had the flu.

  • Plea in Supreme Court seeks public disclosure of COVID-19 vaccines clinical trials data May 13, 2021 12:22 PM IST

    Plea in Supreme Court seeks public disclosure of COVID-19 vaccines clinical trials data

    The plea has sought to make public the segregated data of the clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines granted Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) in India

  • NTAGI suggests increasing dosage interval of Covishield to 12-16 weeks May 13, 2021 12:09 PM IST

    NTAGI suggests increasing dosage interval of Covishield to 12-16 weeks

    Currently, India is facing an acute nationwide shortage of the Covishield vaccine and Serum Institute is struggling to keep up with demand.

  • Failure of hospitals to provide timely treatment violates right to life under Article 21: Patna High Court May 13, 2021 11:58 AM IST

    Failure of hospitals to provide timely treatment violates right to life under Article 21: Patna High Court

    The court also directed the commissioners of Buxar and Kaimur districts to file affidavits within two days on the disposal of the bodies found in the Ganga.

  • COVID-19 | Govt panel recommends those testing positive to wait six months after recovery for vaccine May 13, 2021 11:32 AM IST

    COVID-19 | Govt panel recommends those testing positive to wait six months after recovery for vaccine

    As per the sources, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) stated that those having laboratory test proven SARS-CoV-2 illness should defer COVID-19 vaccination for six months after recovery.

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