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South African, Brazilian COVID-19 variants detected in India: Government

16 Feb 2021

South African, Brazilian COVID-19 variants detected in India: Government

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Dr. Balram Bhargava on Tuesday said that four COVID-19 cases involving the South African variant of the virus have been detected in India.

Indians won't get option to choose between Covishield and COVAXIN

13 Jan 2021

Indians won't get option to choose between Covishield and COVAXIN

The government won't allow beneficiaries to choose between two coronavirus vaccines, that were granted the emergency use approval this month, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan declared on Tuesday.

Bharat Biotech allowed COVAXIN trials on children aged 12+

04 Jan 2021

Bharat Biotech allowed COVAXIN trials on children aged 12+

Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech has been allowed to conduct clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine on children above the age of 12.

'Finally paid off,' says Adar Poonawalla after Covishield gets approval

03 Jan 2021

'Finally paid off,' says Adar Poonawalla after Covishield gets approval

Serum Institute of India's (SII) chief Adar Poonawalla today wished everyone a happy new year along with a great announcement.

Government assures vaccine will work against new COVID-19 strain

29 Dec 2020

Government assures vaccine will work against new COVID-19 strain

There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will not work against the new strain of the coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday.

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

27 Dec 2020

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.

Andhra's mysterious illness: Chemical suspected to have sickened over 450

08 Dec 2020

Andhra's mysterious illness: Chemical suspected to have sickened over 450

In Andhra Pradesh's Eluru city, over 450 people have been reported to have contracted a mysterious illness since Saturday that has left experts baffled.

Now, Bharat Biotech seeks emergency use approval for COVAXIN

08 Dec 2020

Now, Bharat Biotech seeks emergency use approval for COVAXIN

After US-based Pfizer and Pune's Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech has sought an emergency use approval for its coronavirus vaccine, named COVAXIN.

Haryana minister, who received dose of coronavirus vaccine, tests positive

05 Dec 2020

Haryana minister, who received dose of coronavirus vaccine, tests positive

Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij announced this morning that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

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

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.

SII to sue vaccine trial participant for Rs. 100 crore

30 Nov 2020

SII to sue vaccine trial participant for Rs. 100 crore

The Serum Institute of India (SII) has said that it will seek Rs. 100 crore in damages from a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant for complaining about side-effects.

Modi embarks on 3-city tour to view COVID-19 vaccine development

28 Nov 2020

Modi embarks on 3-city tour to view COVID-19 vaccine development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday embarked on a three-city tour to review the development of COVID-19 vaccines.

Bharat Biotech vaccine trials continued despite 'adverse event' in August

22 Nov 2020

Bharat Biotech vaccine trials continued despite 'adverse event' in August

Hyderabad-based biotechnology firm Bharat Biotech has issued a statement confirming that an "adverse event" had taken place during the Phase I trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate COVAXIN.

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

12 Nov 2020

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.

Vaccine tracker: Covishield trials running smoothly; COVAXIN expected by February

08 Nov 2020

Vaccine tracker: Covishield trials running smoothly; COVAXIN expected by February

Even as the COVID-19 outbreak has witnessed a downward trend in India, some states have been reporting large spikes in infections, indicating that the pandemic is far from over.

Bharat Biotech's coronavirus vaccine could be out by February 2021

05 Nov 2020

Bharat Biotech's coronavirus vaccine could be out by February 2021

The coronavirus vaccine being developed by Bharat Biotech could be launched by February, months earlier than expected, an official from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), told Reuters on Thursday.

India past coronavirus peak, festive season may cause spike: Panel

18 Oct 2020

India past coronavirus peak, festive season may cause spike: Panel

India likely crossed the peak of the coronavirus outbreak last month, a government-appointed panel has concluded.

Remdesivir found ineffective; India to reassess coronavirus treatment protocol

17 Oct 2020

Remdesivir found ineffective; India to reassess coronavirus treatment protocol

The second worst-hit nation in coronavirus pandemic, India, that takes pride in the remarkable recovery rate, will reassess coronavirus treatment protocol after a large-scale trial conducted by World Health Organization (WHO) found that four commonly used re-purposed drugs had little impact in reducing mortality.

Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 73 lakh with 67k+ new cases

15 Oct 2020

Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 73 lakh with 67k+ new cases

India on Wednesday reported over 67,000 fresh coronavirus infections, pushing the nationwide tally past 73 lakh cases.

COVAXIN to Oxford: Coronavirus vaccine updates for India

12 Oct 2020

COVAXIN to Oxford: Coronavirus vaccine updates for India

Although the coronavirus outbreak in India has started to slow down, the country remains the second worst-hit in the world.

India has world's highest number of COVID-19 recoveries: Health Ministry

29 Sep 2020

India has world's highest number of COVID-19 recoveries: Health Ministry

India has the highest number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in the world, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Cat Que: Another virus from China, ICMR raises alarm

29 Sep 2020

Cat Que: Another virus from China, ICMR raises alarm

Another virus from China could be making its way into India, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has warned.

Looking for COVID-19 vaccine update? Use this government portal

28 Sep 2020

Looking for COVID-19 vaccine update? Use this government portal

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge across different parts of India, everyone has just one question on their mind: When will a vaccine be available?

Coronavirus: What is the 'Feluda' test? How does it work?

21 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: What is the 'Feluda' test? How does it work?

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved for commercial launch of a CRISPR-based test for COVID-19, called 'Feluda'.

Has the second wave of coronavirus started in India?

16 Sep 2020

Has the second wave of coronavirus started in India?

The number of coronavirus infections in India has crossed the 50-lakh mark. The Union Health Ministry's Wednesday bulletin showed that India reported a record 1,290 fresh fatalities in the past 24 hours.

India had 6.4 million coronavirus infections by May: ICMR's survey

11 Sep 2020

India had 6.4 million coronavirus infections by May: ICMR's survey

As the second-worst affected nation by coronavirus, India's tally stands at 45,62,414, however, a much larger number of people had gotten infected by the virus in May itself, a serosurvey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research has revealed.

ICMR revises testing advisory allowing 'testing on demand' for coronavirus

05 Sep 2020

ICMR revises testing advisory allowing 'testing on demand' for coronavirus

The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), the top health research body, has allowed testing on demand for COVID-19 in its revised testing strategy.

Bharat Biotech gets approval to test COVAXIN administration through skin

22 Aug 2020

Bharat Biotech gets approval to test COVAXIN administration through skin

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has been allowed to conduct a trial to test administer its COVID-19 vaccine candidate through the skin (intradermal vaccine delivery).

India's cancer cases could witness 12% surge in 5 years

19 Aug 2020

India's cancer cases could witness 12% surge in 5 years

As India continues to battle the novel coronavirus pandemic, concerns have been raised over another major health condition: Cancer.

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 18.5 lakh; death toll nears 39,000

04 Aug 2020

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 18.5 lakh; death toll nears 39,000

India on Sunday reported over 50,000 new coronavirus infections pushing the nationwide total to 18.55 lakh. The death toll reached 38,983 with over 800 more deaths.

COVAXIN: First part of phase 1 trials complete; results encouraging

26 Jul 2020

COVAXIN: First part of phase 1 trials complete; results encouraging

The first part of phase I trials of India's first indigenous COVID-19 vaccine candidate has completed and the results are said to be encouraging.

Aggressive testing necessary, says Centre as India's COVID tally surges

21 Jul 2020

Aggressive testing necessary, says Centre as India's COVID tally surges

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that aggressive testing is required to reduce the COVID-19 positivity rate in India.

Coronavirus: 38,900+ cases in 24 hours; community spread feared

19 Jul 2020

Coronavirus: 38,900+ cases in 24 hours; community spread feared

India has reported 38,902 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, its highest single-day spike thus far. The national tally now stands at 10,77,618 cases.

COVID-19: All about world's cheapest testing kit created by IIT-Delhi

18 Jul 2020

COVID-19: All about world's cheapest testing kit created by IIT-Delhi

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, medical experts have been emphasizing on the importance of aggressive and timely testing for effective containment.

India's COVID-19 vaccines: What are the latest updates?

17 Jul 2020

India's COVID-19 vaccines: What are the latest updates?

In the race to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), two pharma companies are leading the way from India - Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila.

India: 30,000 new coronavirus cases recorded; tally reaches 9.36 lakh

15 Jul 2020

India: 30,000 new coronavirus cases recorded; tally reaches 9.36 lakh

India recorded yet another spike in coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the total tally across the country to 9,36,181, data from Union Health Ministry revealed earlier in the day.

Expert panel sets conditions, ICMR's COVAXIN August-15 target looks unachievable

07 Jul 2020

Expert panel sets conditions, ICMR's COVAXIN August-15 target looks unachievable

On July 2, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) revealed its plans to launch COVAXIN, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech and ICMR, by August 15.

Hyderabad jeweler dies of COVID-19; had hosted birthday party recently

05 Jul 2020

Hyderabad jeweler dies of COVID-19; had hosted birthday party recently

A top jeweler in Telangana's Hyderabad died due to COVID-19 on Saturday. The jeweler's death has led to widespread panic as he had recently hosted a party with over 100 guests.

Following globally-accepted norms, says ICMR over August 15 vaccine target

04 Jul 2020

Following globally-accepted norms, says ICMR over August 15 vaccine target

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday said that it is acting in accordance with globally-accepted norms by setting a mid-August target for developing a COVID-19 vaccine.

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

03 Jul 2020

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.