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  • 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.

  • Here are some SARS-CoV-2 'variants of concern' and their spread May 13, 2021 12:29 PM IST

    Here are some SARS-CoV-2 'variants of concern' and their spread

    As WHO warns that B1617, the virus variant first detected in India, could be more contagious than most, a look at some SARS-CoV-2 strains being reported in the world today.

  • 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.

  • States fighting with one another for vaccines portrays bad image of country: Arvind Kejriwal May 13, 2021 11:28 AM IST

    States fighting with one another for vaccines portrays bad image of country: Arvind Kejriwal

    The Centre should procure the vaccines on behalf of the states, he said in the backdrop of a shortage of the vaccine doses in Delhi and many other states.

  • Sterlite Copper begins production of medical oxygen; dispatches first batch May 13, 2021 11:15 AM IST

    Sterlite Copper begins production of medical oxygen; dispatches first batch

    The Sterlite copper smelter plant was given approval by the then AIADMK government on April 26 at an all-party meeting to produce medical oxygen at its facility for a period of four months at the facility in Tuticorin about 600 kms from here.

  • COVID-19 vaccine | DCGI approves Phase II/III clinical trial of Covaxin on 2-18 year-olds May 13, 2021 11:01 AM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine | DCGI approves Phase II/III clinical trial of Covaxin on 2-18 year-olds

    The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved Phase II/III clinical trial of Covaxin in the age group of 2 to 18 years.

  • PM Modi missing along with vaccines, oxygen, medicines: Rahul Gandhi May 13, 2021 10:57 AM IST

    PM Modi missing along with vaccines, oxygen, medicines: Rahul Gandhi

    "The prime minister is also missing, along with the vaccine, oxygen and medicines. All that remain are the central vista project, GST on medicines and the prime minister's photos here and there," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

  • In charts | India COVID-19 case count, state-wise trends, vaccination data, and other key details May 13, 2021 10:53 AM IST

    In charts | India COVID-19 case count, state-wise trends, vaccination data, and other key details

    India reported more than 3.62 lakh COVID-19 new cases, according to the May 13 update. Active infections were up by 6,426 cases to 37.10 lakh mark; over 17.72 crore were vaccinations administered till date.

  • US support for waiving COVID-19 vaccine patent rights puts pressure on drugmakers – but what would a waiver actually look like? May 13, 2021 10:43 AM IST

    US support for waiving COVID-19 vaccine patent rights puts pressure on drugmakers – but what would a waiver actually look like?

    The waiver could build on the existing system for compulsory licensing of patents and extend that to trade secrets and knowledge. The negotiations around access to HIV/AIDS medicines in the 1990s ended up with a similar framework.

  • Tamil Nadu to float global tenders for COVID-19 vaccines May 13, 2021 10:42 AM IST

    Tamil Nadu to float global tenders for COVID-19 vaccines

    The government has also asked industries and medical departments to immediately set up more units to produce oxygen and also procure it from steel plants in other states.

  • COVID-19 vaccination for 18-44 age group in Mumbai suspended till further orders: BMC May 13, 2021 10:29 AM IST

    COVID-19 vaccination for 18-44 age group in Mumbai suspended till further orders: BMC

    The BMC issued revised guidelines allowing walk-in vaccination in Mumbai for certain categories for three days.

  • Science, truth are key to tackling COVID-19 crisis, says Azim Premji at RSS lecture May 13, 2021 10:21 AM IST

    Science, truth are key to tackling COVID-19 crisis, says Azim Premji at RSS lecture

    RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and spiritual guru Jaggi Vasudev are among the speakers for the online lecture series organised by the Sangh and civil society groups.

  • Coronavirus update: India records 3.62 lakh new cases, 4,120 fresh fatalities May 13, 2021 10:13 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India records 3.62 lakh new cases, 4,120 fresh fatalities

    The active cases have increased to 37,10,525 comprising 15.65 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 83.26 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin donates $1.5 billion in cryptocurrency to India COVID Relief Fund & other charities May 13, 2021 09:51 AM IST

    Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin donates $1.5 billion in cryptocurrency to India COVID Relief Fund & other charities

    Buterin, who recently became the world’s youngest crypto billionaire at the age of 27, donated 500 ETH and over 50 trillion Shiba Inu, a meme coin, worth around $1.14 billion at the time of the transaction, to India COVID-Crypto Relief Fund, set up by Indian tech entrepreneur Sandeep Nailwal.

  • Michelin India head Mohan Kumar dies of COVID-19 May 13, 2021 09:47 AM IST

    Michelin India head Mohan Kumar dies of COVID-19

    Kumar joined the company in 2005 and had been the business head for India and SAARC countries.

  • Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson vaccines effective against B1617 variant of COVID-19 May 13, 2021 09:30 AM IST

    Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson vaccines effective against B1617 variant of COVID-19

    World Health Organization classified the B1617 SARS-CoV-2 variant, which was first detected in India, as a variant of concern.

  • EU countries urged to halt non-essential travel from India May 13, 2021 09:26 AM IST

    EU countries urged to halt non-essential travel from India

    The European Commission said its proposal followed the World Health Organisation's proposal on Monday to reclassify the B.1.617.2 variant of Covid-19 found in India as a "variant of concern", raising the alert from a "variant of interest".

  • Anupam Kher says government slipped in COVID-19 management, must be held accountable May 13, 2021 09:25 AM IST

    Anupam Kher says government slipped in COVID-19 management, must be held accountable

    Anupam Kher said that it was time for the government to understand that there's more to life than image building.

  • Eli Lilly gives out licences for COVID-19 drug Baricitinib to Dr Reddy's, Torrent Pharma and MSN Labs May 13, 2021 09:25 AM IST

    Eli Lilly gives out licences for COVID-19 drug Baricitinib to Dr Reddy's, Torrent Pharma and MSN Labs

    Lilly has so far given six licenses for Baricitinib in India. On May 10, the American pharma company signed agreements with Cipla, Lupin and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries.

  • India's prized investment grade status hanging by a thread May 13, 2021 09:23 AM IST

    India's prized investment grade status hanging by a thread

    A spate of downgrades last year had already left India's investment grade credit ratings hanging by a thread and the severity of the current virus wave is making the main agencies, S&P, Moody's and Fitch agitated again.

  • Adar Poonawalla promised 1.5 crore Covishield doses to Maharashtra after May 20: Rajesh Tope May 13, 2021 09:02 AM IST

    Adar Poonawalla promised 1.5 crore Covishield doses to Maharashtra after May 20: Rajesh Tope

    Amid shortage of doses, the Maharashtra government has temporarily suspended COVID-19 vaccination of individuals in 18-44 age group

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