Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR): News

Centre opposes inclusion of live-in, same-sex couples in Surrogacy Act

The central government on Tuesday opposed the inclusion of live-in and same-sex couples within the purview of the Surrogacy Act, saying it would encourage "misuse" of the rules, reported LiveLaw.

15 Mar 2023


H3N2: Experts advise caution as deaths and ICU admissions rise

Amid the continuous rise in H3N2 cases and deaths linked to the virus in India, experts have issued an alert for people to follow COVID-19-like precautions and mask up to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. They also advised people against spreading panic over the issue.

14 Mar 2023


H3N2: ICMR expert recommends influenza vaccine for low immunity people

With respiratory illnesses due to H3N2, COVID-19, and other viruses reportedly witnessing a steep rise over the last week in India, experts have issued caution and recommended precautionary measures.

12 Mar 2023


H3N2 cases rise in India, experts say virus not life-threatening

Amid a steep rise in infections linked to Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 in India, experts said the outbreak was normal, and the virus was not life-threatening even as six people have died in the country.

07 Mar 2023

Randeep Guleria

Steep rise in H3N2, COVID-19 cases; masks, other measures return

Respiratory illnesses due to Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 and COVID-19 cases reportedly witnessed a steep rise over the last week in India, prompting authorities to implement precautionary measures.

Influenza A subtype causing cough, fever in India: ICMR experts

A persistent cold and cough running through the country are due to Influenza A subtype H3N2, as per experts from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

18 Jan 2023

Union Health Ministry

Centre refutes reports on side-effects of COVID-19 vaccines

The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday rejected reports claiming that the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had admitted to numerous side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

India to battle monkeypox with targeted 'ring vaccination' strategy

India is likely to adopt a new strategy to battle the monkeypox virus.

13 Jul 2022


Free COVID-19 booster doses for adults at government centers: Centre

India will begin administering free COVID-19 precautionary shots to its adult population above the age of 18 starting Friday (July 15) at government centers, Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur announced on Wednesday.

01 May 2022


Current COVID-19 surge can't be termed 4th wave: ICMR official

The current surge in India's daily COVID-19 cases cannot be considered the fourth wave of the pandemic, a top Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) official said on Sunday.

29 Apr 2022


India inching closer to launching its first dengue vaccine

India is likely to get its first vaccine for Dengue soon as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is all set to submit its clinical trial protocol to the country's drug regulator CDSCO by June.

20 Apr 2022


Don't think current COVID-19 surge is fourth wave: ICMR ex-head

The ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases does not seem to be an indication of the fourth wave of the outbreak, said Dr. Raman R Gangakhedkar, former chief scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

05 Feb 2022


Third wave to wane in Delhi, Maharashtra by February-end: ICMR

The ongoing third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India will likely wane in the national capital Delhi, Maharashtra, and West Bengal by the end of February, according to Dr. Samiran Panda.

12 Jan 2022


Vaccine booster doses will not stop Omicron infections: Top expert

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus will gradually infect everybody as it is "unstoppable," a top medical expert told NDTV.

05 Oct 2021

Himachal Pradesh

'Revenge travel' could worsen third COVID-19 wave, ICMR study warns

We have all been wanting to pack our bags and run to the hills. But that may not be a good idea.

13 Sep 2021


COVID-19 third wave: Chances 'very low,' says retired ICMR scientist

Former ICMR scientist Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar said the chances of a nationwide third wave of COVID-19 infections are "very low."

10 Sep 2021


COVID-19 vaccines prove highly effective in preventing mortality: Centre

The effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine in preventing mortality is 96.6 percent after the first dose and 97.5 percent after the second dose, the Centre said on Thursday, citing data from a COVID-19 tracker, developed by synergizing data from three platforms.

04 Sep 2021


India's COVID-19 R-value rises amid third wave concerns

India's COVID-19 R-value — an indicator of how fast the disease is spreading — is on the rise amid concerns over an expected third wave of the pandemic.

COVID-19: Government issues advisory on celebrating the festive season

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that people should celebrate upcoming festivals at home, without gathering in large numbers.

31 Aug 2021


Third COVID-19 wave could be less severe than second: ICMR

A possible third wave of the coronavirus in India will likely be less severe than the devastating previous wave in April-May, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

28 Aug 2021


Single COVAXIN dose might be enough for those previously infected

A single dose of Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN in previously COVID-19-infected individuals elicits a similar antibody response as obtained with two doses of the vaccine in those without a previous history of the disease, according to an ICMR study.

18 Aug 2021


COVID-19 vaccine for children likely by September, says ICMR-NIV chief

India will likely have a COVID-19 vaccine for children by next month, Dr. Priya Abraham said in an interview.

29 Jul 2021

Madhya Pradesh

Kerala has least COVID-19 antibodies: ICMR's national serosurvey

The fourth national COVID-19 serosurvey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) found that at least two-thirds of India's population above the age of six years have antibodies against the virus causing COVID-19: SARS-CoV-2.

20 Jul 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine

Two-third of Indians have COVID-19 antibodies: ICMR serosurvey

Around 40 crore Indians are still vulnerable to COVID-19 infections, according to India's fourth national serological survey.

16 Jul 2021


80% post-vaccination infections due to Delta variant, says ICMR study

A new study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found that COVID-19 vaccination reduces hospitalizations and mortality among patients.

16 Jul 2021


Delta variant behind majority of 'breakthrough' infections: Study

The Delta variant of SARS-COV-2 was behind the majority of clinical cases of breakthrough infection of COVID-19 but only 9.8% of cases required hospitalization and fatality was observed in only 0.4% of the cases, according to a new study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Hetero seeks Emergency Use Authorization for Molnupiravir in India

The use of Molnupiravir, an experimental oral drug having antiviral properties, has resulted in early recovery of COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms when compared to standard treatment during Phase III clinical trials, Hetero said on Friday citing interim data.

26 Jun 2021


COVID-19: Delta Plus variant has spread to 12 Indian states

The Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus, feared to be a potential catalyst for the third wave, has spread to 12 states in India.

15 Jun 2021


'Medicine from the Sky': Telangana testing drone delivery of vaccines

The government of Telangana has launched a project to check the feasibility of delivering medical supplies such as vaccines and drugs through drones, which can help improve the efficiency and speed of such deliveries.

31 May 2021


India will soon test mixing different COVID-19 vaccines

India may soon begin testing a regimen that mixes two different coronavirus vaccines to assess whether the experiment boosts the immune response against the virus.

28 May 2021


Secondary infections, including fungal, causing COVID-19 death spike: ICMR study

Secondary infections among hospitalized COVID-19 patients are linked to the increased risk of fatality, an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study has found.

DRDO's antibody detection kit DIPCOVAN approved by the DCGI

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved an antibody detection kit developed by a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), reports say.

20 May 2021


You can now self-test COVID-19 at home; ICMR issues advisory

India's first test kit that allows you to test yourself for the coronavirus right at home has been approved.

ICMR drops convalescent plasma therapy from COVID-19 treatment guidelines

The use of convalescent plasma therapy has been dropped from the recommended treatment guidelines for COVID-19 in India, as per an advisory from the Union Health Ministry on late Monday.

16 May 2021


COVAXIN, Covishield effective, but produce fewer antibodies against B.1.617: Report

According to a series of early reports authored by scientists at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), COVAXIN and Covishield—vaccines deemed effective at generating an immune response against COVID-19—appear to generate only half as many antibodies against the B.1.617 variant.

12 May 2021


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.

11 May 2021


'Irrational': Experts question plasma therapy, urge government to review guidelines

A group of 18 top doctors and public health professionals have raised questions over the use of plasma therapy to treat coronavirus patients in India.

05 May 2021


ICMR revises testing guidelines; dos and don'ts for RT-PCR tests

In the wake of the upsurge in COVID-19 cases, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday issued new testing guidelines in a bid to reduce pressure on overburdened diagnostic laboratories across the country.

21 Apr 2021


COVAXIN neutralizes double mutant strain: ICMR

Indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine, COVAXIN, neutralizes multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2 and effectively works against the double mutant strain as well, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Wednesday.

13 Apr 2021

Harsh Vardhan

Need to be prepared for emerging infections: Dr. Vardhan

The whole world is grappling with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is necessary to be prepared to deal with emerging and re-emerging infections in the future, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said on Monday.

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