Balram Bhargava: News

Indian science administrator, Balram Bhargava, born in 1962 in Lucknow, was chosen as Director-General at the Indian Council of Medical Research in 2018 for a three-year tenure. Bhargava, also the Secretary of the Department of Health Research under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as of 2021, after graduating in medicine, completed his MD and DM in Cardiovascular diseases discipline from King George’s Medical College, Lucknow. Residing at AIIMS residential complex at Asiad Village in New Delhi, Bhargava, with his proficient headship, established the India-Stanford Biodesign program that has facilitated the creation of the School of International Biodesign at AIIMS and also aided in developing 30 affordable medical devices leading to 10 startups. Bhargava also elevated the c-GMP Centre for Excellence for Stem Cell Studies at AIIMS which is used to treat patients suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy. Bhargava has been awarded several awards, including the Padma Shri, the highest civilian award, and UNESCO Equatorial Guinea International Prize for research in Life Sciences in Paris, France.

ICMR chief explains why COVID-19 second wave is affecting youngsters

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Dr. Balram Bhargava on Tuesday said that there are primarily two reasons why more young people are getting infected in the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

27 Dec 2020

NITI Aayog

COVID-19 task force details plan to detect new coronavirus strain

The national task force on COVID-19 on Saturday discussed surveillance strategies for the newly-detected strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, which is believed to be more infectious.

02 Dec 2020


Trial will continue: Centre on SII vaccine's "adverse reaction" claims

With the coronavirus vaccine trials being conducted by Serum Institute of India (SII) being shrouded in controversy after a participant complained of an "adverse reaction," the Centre on Tuesday said there's no need to stop the process.

01 Dec 2020


Coronavirus: Government says it doesn't plan to vaccinate entire country

The government on Tuesday said that it has never talked about vaccinating the entire country against the coronavirus disease.

COVISHIELD vaccine could be realistic solution to COVID-19 pandemic: ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) on Thursday announced the completion of enrollment of participants to the Phase-3 clinical trials for the potential COVID-19 vaccine COVISHIELD in India.

51% COVID deaths in India in people above 60: Centre

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that of all the coronavirus-related deaths in India, over half involved people above the age of 60 years.

09 Jul 2020


All you need to know about India's COVID-19 vaccines

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to surge worldwide, efforts to develop a vaccine have been expedited.

India targets to launch first COVID-19 vaccine by August 15

In a major development, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has announced its plan to launch a COVID-19 vaccine for public use by August 15.

Community transmission of coronavirus hasn't started in India: ICMR

Amid a worrying spike in coronavirus cases, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday reiterated that India hasn't entered the community transmission stage yet, and underlined that the population affected by COVID-19 is less.

26 May 2020


COVID-19: ICMR defends Hydroxychloroquine's use after WHO halts trials

Hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) suspended all ongoing trials of anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has defended its use.

23 Apr 2020

South Goa

Coronavirus: India 'flattens the curve'; COVID-19 growth now 'linear'

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday said that India has flattened the curve of the coronavirus outbreak.