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  • Covid in India maybe entering some kind of stage of endemicity: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan Aug 24, 2021 09:10 PM IST

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

    'We may be entering some kind of stage of endemicity where there is low level transmission or moderate level transmission going on but we are not seeing the kinds of exponential growth and peaks that we saw a few months ago,' Swaminathan said.

  • Too early to say if COVID-19 booster shots will be needed: WHO Chief Scientist Jun 20, 2021 10:40 AM IST

    Too early to say if COVID-19 booster shots will be needed: WHO Chief Scientist

    WHO doesn't have the information necessary to make the recommendation on whether or not a booster will be needed, Swaminathan has said.

  • Delta COVID variant becoming globally dominant, WHO official says Jun 18, 2021 08:27 PM IST

    Delta COVID variant becoming globally dominant, WHO official says

    'The Delta variant is well on its way to becoming the dominant variant globally because of its increased transmissibility,' Swaminathan told a news conference.

  • Father’s Day 2021 | WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan says she learnt how to handle criticism, solve problems from her father M.S. Swaminathan Jun 13, 2021 01:56 PM IST

    Father’s Day 2021 | WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan says she learnt how to handle criticism, solve problems from her father M.S. Swaminathan

    When M.S. Swaminathan, known as the Father of India’s Green Revolution, faced criticism about the effects of pesticides, he did not take it the wrong way but looked for solutions instead, she remembers.

  • COVID-19 | No data to show double mutant variant is resistant to vaccination: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan May 10, 2021 08:29 PM IST

    COVID-19 | No data to show double mutant variant is resistant to vaccination: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan

    "All available vaccines reduce severity of infection," Soumya Swaminathan while speaking on India's double mutant variant, adding that even if a person contracts COVID-19 after getting vaccinated, the infection is mild in most cases.

  • Variant accelerating India's COVID explosion: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan May 09, 2021 03:00 PM IST

    Variant accelerating India's COVID explosion: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan

    Swaminathan, an Indian paediatrician and clinical scientist, 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 unfolding in her homeland.

  • WHO warns coronavirus herd immunity unlikely this year Jan 12, 2021 12:42 PM IST

    WHO warns coronavirus herd immunity unlikely this year

    Infections numbers are surging around the world, especially in Europe where nations have been forced to ramp up virus restrictions even as vaccines are rolled out.

  • WHO hopes to have 500 million vaccine doses via COVAX scheme in first quarter of 2021: Chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan Dec 05, 2020 11:21 AM IST

    WHO hopes to have 500 million vaccine doses via COVAX scheme in first quarter of 2021: Chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan

    To date 189 countries have joined the COVAX programme, which is backed by the WHO and seeks to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines. The United States is not among them, having secured bilateral deals.

  • Fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccine a big challenge: WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan Aug 26, 2020 06:21 PM IST

    Fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccine a big challenge: WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan

    On vaccine development for the novel coronavirus, Soumya Swaminathan said: "By early 2021, we should have some good news."

  • WHO says plasma therapy still 'experimental' Aug 24, 2020 06:51 PM IST

    WHO says plasma therapy still 'experimental'

    President Donald Trump on Sunday approved an emergency authorisation of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 patients.

  • India's testing rate lower than other nations, says WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan Aug 04, 2020 05:41 PM IST

    India's testing rate lower than other nations, says WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan

    The Chief Scientist of WHO, Soumya Swaminathan, in an interactive session through video conference said,as of now about 28 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are under clinical trial, of which five are entering Phase-II and over 150 candidates are in pre-clinical trials across the globe.

  • Coronavirus vaccine | WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan expects regulators to cooperate to fast-track approval Jul 24, 2020 04:15 PM IST

    Coronavirus vaccine | WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan expects regulators to cooperate to fast-track approval

    Swaminathan, answering questions on social media platforms, also said testing vaccines for safety and efficacy - usually a years-long process - could be accelerated to just six months in the midst of the pandemic, if data satisfied regulators that they have enough information to issue approvals.

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