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Indian government could approve Oxford-AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine by next week

23 Dec 2020

Indian government could approve Oxford-AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine by next week

The coronavirus vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, is likely to get approval from the Indian government for emergency use by next week, two people privy to the development told Reuters.

Oxford-AstraZeneca release final-stage trial results, coronavirus vaccine labeled safe

09 Dec 2020

Oxford-AstraZeneca release final-stage trial results, coronavirus vaccine labeled safe

The University of Oxford and pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca became the first coronavirus vaccine developers to release their final-stage clinical trial data.

Mumbai: In four frontline warriors, coronavirus-reinfection becomes more severe

23 Sep 2020

Mumbai: In four frontline warriors, coronavirus-reinfection becomes more severe

The coronavirus re-infection turned out to be more severe in four frontline warriors in Mumbai, implying that nothing can offer much protection against the fatal disease, TOI reported today citing details from medical journal The Lancet.

Sputnik V phase 3 trials could be conducted in India

07 Sep 2020

Sputnik V phase 3 trials could be conducted in India

The Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia has reportedly submitted "comprehensive data" on its COVID-19 vaccine candidate to Indian authorities.

India: Serum Institute's COVID-19 vaccine goes into Phase-2/3 trials

19 Aug 2020

India: Serum Institute's COVID-19 vaccine goes into Phase-2/3 trials

In a major development, Adar Poonawalla's Serum Institute of India has started the Phase-2/3 trial of a promising COVID-19 vaccine licensed from AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Bihar's coronavirus story: Why should India be worried

20 Jul 2020

Bihar's coronavirus story: Why should India be worried

Perpetually considered as one of the most under-developed states in the country, Bihar is now burdened by the rise in coronavirus cases with at least eight districts set to become India's next hotspots.

NewsBytes Tech Briefing: TikTok considering HQ relocation; UAE's Mars mission

20 Jul 2020

NewsBytes Tech Briefing: TikTok considering HQ relocation; UAE's Mars mission

A lot has happened over the weekend!

#GoodNews: Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine may be available by September-end

17 Jul 2020

#GoodNews: Oxford's COVID-19 vaccine may be available by September-end

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by researchers at Oxford University in partnership with AstraZeneca generates an immune response against the infection in humans, The Telegraph reports.

Coronavirus: Large-scale Spanish study finds only 5% people developed antibodies

06 Jul 2020

Coronavirus: Large-scale Spanish study finds only 5% people developed antibodies

A large-scale study in Spain has found that only 5% of the population has developed antibodies against COVID-19.

WHO calls off Hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID-19 treatment: Here's why

05 Jul 2020

WHO calls off Hydroxychloroquine trial for COVID-19 treatment: Here's why

Anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and anti-HIV drug combination lopinavir/ritonavir will no longer be explored as potential treatments for COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO takes a U-turn, resumes Hydroxychloroquine trials: Details here

04 Jun 2020

WHO takes a U-turn, resumes Hydroxychloroquine trials: Details here

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that it will be resuming the clinical trials of anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine around the world.

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

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.

COVID-19 treatment: WHO halts Hydroxychloroquine trial over safety concerns

26 May 2020

COVID-19 treatment: WHO halts Hydroxychloroquine trial over safety concerns

The World Health Organization (WHO) has suspended the trial exploring anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment of COVID-19.

Trump threatens WHO with permanent funding freeze, gives 30-day time

19 May 2020

Trump threatens WHO with permanent funding freeze, gives 30-day time

The World Health Organization (WHO) hasn't served America's interests and it would be unfair to fund the body with taxpayers' money, United States President Donald Trump told the apex health body in a strongly-worded letter.

COVID-19 vaccine efforts are disjointed, says leading medical journal editor

24 Apr 2020

COVID-19 vaccine efforts are disjointed, says leading medical journal editor

As Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine goes into human trials, people around the world are hoping to see a solution for the ongoing pandemic by the end of this year.

Wuhan lab intern accidentally leaked novel coronavirus, says US media

18 Apr 2020

Wuhan lab intern accidentally leaked novel coronavirus, says US media

As the question of the origins of the novel coronavirus remains unanswered, reports claimed that the virus may have leaked from a laboratory in China's Wuhan city.

New study warns against lifting lockdown before COVID-19 vaccine arrives

09 Apr 2020

New study warns against lifting lockdown before COVID-19 vaccine arrives

The coronavirus pandemic has compelled many countries to impose strict lockdowns, including India.

10-year-old boy who had coronavirus 'without symptoms' raises fears

30 Jan 2020

10-year-old boy who had coronavirus 'without symptoms' raises fears

Amid a global coronavirus outbreak, the case of a 10-year-old boy diagnosed with the viral infection in China has raised fears about how easily the disease can spread.

World's first baby born from womb transplanted from dead donor

05 Dec 2018

World's first baby born from womb transplanted from dead donor

In a landmark achievement in the medical sciences, a woman in Brazil, who had received a womb transplant from a dead donor, has given birth to a healthy baby.

Report: Alarming increase in cancer, heart disease-related deaths among Indians

13 Sep 2018

Report: Alarming increase in cancer, heart disease-related deaths among Indians

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study 1990-2016 published in The Lancet, there has been an alarming increase in the occurrence of heart diseases, strokes, diabetes and cancers in the last 25 years in India.

Study says there's absolutely nothing healthy about alcohol

27 Aug 2018

Study says there's absolutely nothing healthy about alcohol

In what is being claimed to be one of the most important studies on the effects of alcohol, researchers have found that no amount of drinking is beneficial to health.

India ranks a lowly 145th in healthcare access and quality

23 May 2018

India ranks a lowly 145th in healthcare access and quality

A new study has reinforced a widely-known fact: that healthcare in India needs drastic improvement.

Indians' preference for sons has left 2 million girls "unwanted"

30 Jan 2018

Indians' preference for sons has left 2 million girls "unwanted"

Indians are so in love with male heirs that in their quest for sons, they have produced 21 million "unwanted" girls, the government said in its 2018 Economic Survey.

Indoor air pollution killed 1.24 lakh Indians prematurely

31 Oct 2017

Indoor air pollution killed 1.24 lakh Indians prematurely

A report published in a renowned medical journal, Lancet, has shown that indoor air pollution was responsible for 1.24 lakh premature deaths per one million people in India in 2015.

9mn pollution deaths worldwide in 2015, India fifth on list

20 Oct 2017

9mn pollution deaths worldwide in 2015, India fifth on list

That pollution in India is at alarming levels is a fact. It has now emerged that it ranks fifth in the world when it comes to deaths related to pollution.

Smoking Kills: One in 10 global deaths due to smoking

07 Apr 2017

Smoking Kills: One in 10 global deaths due to smoking

Smoking caused more than one in 10 deaths globally in 2015, according to a study sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and published in 'The Lancet' medical journal.

Acid rain increasing due to pollution

04 Mar 2017

Acid rain increasing due to pollution

India's Meteorological Department and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology have stated that increasing levels of atmospheric pollution in India have led to acidification of rains.

2 Indians die every minute due to air pollution

19 Feb 2017

2 Indians die every minute due to air pollution

A study published in the medical journal The Lancet, said that over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution. This equates to an average of two deaths a minute.

WHO report on pollution in India alarming

18 Feb 2017

WHO report on pollution in India alarming

Report titled 'State of Global Air 2017' claimed that 1 million deaths in 2015 in India were attributable to pollution.

Indian tops global ozone pollution deaths

15 Feb 2017

Indian tops global ozone pollution deaths

India has fared second worst in the world in the total number of deaths attributed to air pollution. Only China has worse statistics than India.

Greenpeace: 1.6 million pollution deaths in India, China

04 Dec 2016

Greenpeace: 1.6 million pollution deaths in India, China

A report released by Greenpeace states that 1.6 million people in India and China died due to pollution caused by fossil fuels in 2015.