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  • Alarmed by teachers' deaths, AMU VC asks ICMR to study if COVID variant' responsible May 09, 2021 08:14 PM IST

    Alarmed by teachers' deaths, AMU VC asks ICMR to study if COVID variant' responsible

    Mansoor further said the microbiology laboratory at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College here is sending samples to the Institute of Genomic and Integrated Biology laboratory, New Delhi, for the genome sequencing.

  • Open up licensing to develop vaccines and accelerate vaccination drive, demand medical experts May 05, 2021 12:43 PM IST

    Open up licensing to develop vaccines and accelerate vaccination drive, demand medical experts

    Companies other than Bharat Biotech must be given contracts to manufacture the indigenously developed Covaxin in bulk. This is the time to open licensing to any company that wants to produce vaccines and for anyone who wants to take a jab, per doctors.

  • COVID 19 FAQ| Here is what ICMR recommends for patients with diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases Apr 27, 2021 08:16 PM IST

    COVID 19 FAQ| Here is what ICMR recommends for patients with diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases

    The Indian Council of Medical Research in a press release shared the frequently asked questions for patients with hypertension, diabetes and heart diseases.

  • Govt permits ICMR to conduct study on using drones to deliver COVID-19 vaccine Apr 22, 2021 08:18 PM IST

    Govt permits ICMR to conduct study on using drones to deliver COVID-19 vaccine

    The ICMR will conduct this study in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, the ministry’s press release said.

  • Post-vaccination breakthrough infection rate in India not more than 0.04%: ICMR Apr 21, 2021 07:18 PM IST

    Post-vaccination breakthrough infection rate in India not more than 0.04%: ICMR

    Only "two to four per 10,000 post vaccination breakthrough infections" were recorded in India, ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said, adding that "this is a very small number".

  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin demonstrates 78% efficacy in Phase-3 interim analysis Apr 21, 2021 03:19 PM IST

    Bharat Biotech Covaxin demonstrates 78% efficacy in Phase-3 interim analysis

    Due to the recent surge in cases, 127 symptomatic cases were recorded, resulting in a point estimate of vaccine efficacy of 78 percent against mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19 disease, the company said.

  • ICMR says Remdesivir 'not a life-saving drug', calls for safe and rational usage Apr 20, 2021 11:11 PM IST

    ICMR says Remdesivir 'not a life-saving drug', calls for safe and rational usage

    The evidence so far suggests that Remdesivir reduces the duration of hospital stay, the ICMR said, adding that it "should be administered in hospital setting only".

  • Percentage of patients requiring supplemental oxygen has risen in second wave: ICMR Apr 19, 2021 05:10 PM IST

    Percentage of patients requiring supplemental oxygen has risen in second wave: ICMR

    The ICMR compared data on hospitalised patients from September-November 2020 for the first wave, and March-April (so far) for the second wave. The presentation showed that the mean age of hospitalised patients has reduced only slightly in the second wave, to 48.9 years from 50.4 years.

  • Oxygen utilisation is higher in coronavirus second wave: ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava Apr 19, 2021 04:55 PM IST

    Oxygen utilisation is higher in coronavirus second wave: ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava

    Dr Bhargava says oxygen utilisation is more now because there has been a sharp surge in the number of fresh coronavirus infections being added in the second wave.

  • 4.5% COVID-19 cases are re-infections: ICMR study Apr 02, 2021 09:13 AM IST

    4.5% COVID-19 cases are re-infections: ICMR study

    The study was conducted on 1,300 people for epidemiological understanding of COVID-19 re-infections and to assess its impact on India.

  • India’s healthcare system needs a concrete rare disease policy Mar 25, 2021 02:16 PM IST

    India’s healthcare system needs a concrete rare disease policy

    The Delhi High Court ordered the Centre to finalise and notify the National Health Policy for Rare Diseases by March 31

  • Maharashtra in beginning of second COVID wave, says central team report Mar 16, 2021 07:18 PM IST

    Maharashtra in beginning of second COVID wave, says central team report

    ln view of limited contact tracing, a large pool of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people among contacts are not tracked and tested, the report said and stressed that testing must be considerably enhanced and protocol laid down by ICMR followed.

  • COVID-19: India records 11,067 new cases, 94 fresh fatalities Feb 10, 2021 11:30 AM IST

    COVID-19: India records 11,067 new cases, 94 fresh fatalities

    The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,05,61,608 pushing the national COVID-19 recovery rate to 97.27 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.43 percent.

  • 21.5% of population showed evidence of past exposure to COVID in latest national serosurvey: Govt Feb 04, 2021 10:33 PM IST

    21.5% of population showed evidence of past exposure to COVID in latest national serosurvey: Govt

    Presenting the findings of the survey at a media briefing, ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said 21.4 percent of the 28,589 people, aged 18 years and above, surveyed during the period showed evidence of past exposure to the coronavirus infection.

  • During pandemic, emergency use of vaccine allowed on basis of safety, immunogenicity: ICMR chief Jan 05, 2021 10:51 PM IST

    During pandemic, emergency use of vaccine allowed on basis of safety, immunogenicity: ICMR chief

    ICMR chief Balram Bhargava explained: "The existing pandemic situation, high mortality, available science and lack of definitive treatments were considered by the subject expert committee (SEC) on COVID-19 of CDSCO for granting accelerated approval to these vaccines, and that is in our legal provision.”

  • Is it safe to eat on the plane amid Covid-19 pandemic? Jan 04, 2021 04:57 PM IST

    Is it safe to eat on the plane amid Covid-19 pandemic?

    The question is being increasingly asked after Thailand banned in-flight consumption of food and beverage, to ensure fliers don't take off their masks. Now there are increasing calls for the same in India.

  • UK-variant of COVID has been successfully isolated, India first country to achieve this: ICMR Jan 02, 2021 06:52 PM IST

    UK-variant of COVID has been successfully isolated, India first country to achieve this: ICMR

    ICMR also said that no country has yet reported successful isolation and culture of the UK variant of SARS-CoV-2.

  • ICMR chief says non-judicious use of therapies against Covid will lead to immune pressure on virus Dec 29, 2020 05:32 PM IST

    ICMR chief says non-judicious use of therapies against Covid will lead to immune pressure on virus

    "It is important from the scientific community perspective that we do not put too much immune pressure on the virus; we have to maintain the judicious use of therapies, which are going to benefit," Bhargava explained.

  • COVID-19: Daily deaths below 300 after over 6 months, 22,273 new cases reported Dec 26, 2020 11:38 AM IST

    COVID-19: Daily deaths below 300 after over 6 months, 22,273 new cases reported

    The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 97,40,108, pushing the national recovery rate to 95.78 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent.

  • Her father's daughter: Avani Singh focuses on the low-cost model of Ajay Singh's SpiceJet to disrupt COVID-19 testing market Dec 18, 2020 03:24 PM IST

    Her father's daughter: Avani Singh focuses on the low-cost model of Ajay Singh's SpiceJet to disrupt COVID-19 testing market

    Avani, daughter of SpiceJet Chairman & MD Ajay Singh, is the CEO of SpiceHealth

  • HIV surge in UP's Unnao caused by unsafe injection exposure: ICMR Dec 05, 2020 09:37 PM IST

    HIV surge in UP's Unnao caused by unsafe injection exposure: ICMR

    The findings have helped establish that the infection arising from blood transfusion, undergoing invasive surgical procedures, tattooing, tonsuring of head or skin piercing was not related to the surge in the cases.

  • COVID-19 update | DCGI finds no link between vaccine shot and 'adverse' reaction in Chennai volunteer during trial: Report Dec 02, 2020 10:12 PM IST

    COVID-19 update | DCGI finds no link between vaccine shot and 'adverse' reaction in Chennai volunteer during trial: Report

    ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava had on Tuesday said adverse events do occur with drugs or vaccines or any other health intervention.

  • UK approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine: When will it come to India and all other questions answered Dec 02, 2020 06:20 PM IST

    UK approves Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine: When will it come to India and all other questions answered

    Pfizer and BioNTech said on December 2 the COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled out for use from next week. Here's everything you need to know about this vaccine candidate and more

  • COVID-19 pandemic | ICMR approves dry swab-direct RT-PCR method to scale up testing; here's how it works Nov 28, 2020 06:22 PM IST

    COVID-19 pandemic | ICMR approves dry swab-direct RT-PCR method to scale up testing; here's how it works

    The new method for testing COVID-19 infection is a simple variation of the existing gold standard RT-PCR method and can easily scale up the testing by 2 to 3 fold with no new investment of resources.

  • Coronavirus state-wise tally November 19: Delhi's caseload breaches 5-lakh mark, death toll close to 8,000 Nov 19, 2020 10:09 AM IST

    Coronavirus state-wise tally November 19: Delhi's caseload breaches 5-lakh mark, death toll close to 8,000

    India has recorded more than 89 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus and 1.3 lakh deaths. Of these, more than 4.4 lakh are active cases while over 83 lakh have recovered.

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