ICMR

One of the oldest medical research bodies in the world, ICMR was set up in 1911. That time, it was known as Indian Research Fund Association (IRFA). It’s the apex body for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research. Extended as Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Government of India-funded organization has been on the forefront in carrying out researches on various diseases like Covid-19, leprosy, cholera, Ebolavirus, Influenza, Japanese encephalitis, AIDS, malaria, kala-azar, etc. Testing Covid-19 samples is also being done by ICMR, and till now, over 23L samples have been tested. Presided over by the Union Health Minister, ICMR has 30 permanent research institutes/centers, located pan India. It also brings out Indian Journal of Medical Research, an open-access medical publication.

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

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.

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.

Kejriwal orders price cut for RT-PCR tests in private labs

30 Nov 2020

Kejriwal orders price cut for RT-PCR tests in private labs

Soon, RT-PCR tests, the more reliable mode to judge a coronavirus infection, would become cheaper in Delhi's private labs, revealed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday.

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.

7.4 crore Indians exposed to coronavirus till August: ICMR serosurvey

27 Nov 2020

7.4 crore Indians exposed to coronavirus till August: ICMR serosurvey

As many as 7.4 crore people in India, or about 7% of the total population, were exposed to the novel coronavirus till August this year, revealed the second nationwide serological survey by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

In first since mid-July, less than 30,000 coronavirus cases recorded

17 Nov 2020

In first since mid-July, less than 30,000 coronavirus cases recorded

India's steep decline with respect to new coronavirus cases is continuing, with Monday bringing some much-needed good news. For the first time since mid-July, the country logged less than 30,000 fresh COVID-19 infections.

Centre's 12-point action plan to fight COVID-19 in Delhi: Details

16 Nov 2020

Centre's 12-point action plan to fight COVID-19 in Delhi: Details

As COVID-19 cases in Delhi continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Centre has announced a 12-point plan to tackle the coronavirus surge in the national capital.

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.

AIIMS to submit proposal for COVAXIN's phase three trials soon

31 Oct 2020

AIIMS to submit proposal for COVAXIN's phase three trials soon

By early next week, AIIMS will submit a proposal to start the third phase of clinical trials of COVAXIN, a vaccine against coronavirus being developed by Bharat Biotech.

Third wave in Delhi? Rise in coronavirus cases sparks worries

30 Oct 2020

Third wave in Delhi? Rise in coronavirus cases sparks worries

Even as India has been performing well in October, as far as fresh coronavirus numbers are concerned, the National Capital has not been following the same trajectory since the last few days.

Coronavirus: Months into pandemic, Centre admits to "limited" community transmission

19 Oct 2020

Coronavirus: Months into pandemic, Centre admits to "limited" community transmission

After saying for months that coronavirus "community transmission" is merely a term and that it would be premature to declare the same for India, considering the large population, the Centre admitted on Sunday that the deadly virus has entered the third stage of transmission in the country, although it is limited to certain districts.

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.

Health Minister promotes AYUSH's coronavirus treatment protocol, IMA asks questions

09 Oct 2020

Health Minister promotes AYUSH's coronavirus treatment protocol, IMA asks questions

On Tuesday, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan released the AYUSH standard treatment protocol for coronavirus patients, only to be at the receiving end of pointed questions by the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

NewsBytes Briefing: US Senate subpoenas CEOs of Google, Facebook, Twitter

02 Oct 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: US Senate subpoenas CEOs of Google, Facebook, Twitter

Last night, the US Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously to issue subpoenas to the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

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?

Emerging coronavirus hotspots identified in Delhi; CP, Lajpat on list

23 Sep 2020

Emerging coronavirus hotspots identified in Delhi; CP, Lajpat on list

To get ahead of the coronavirus curve, the Delhi government has identified 33 areas as "emerging hotspots". Localities like Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, Model Town, Laxmi Nagar, and Paschim Vihar featured on the list, HT reported.

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'.

33% in Delhi already exposed to coronavirus, according to serosurvey

17 Sep 2020

33% in Delhi already exposed to coronavirus, according to serosurvey

Roughly 33% of people in Delhi have antibodies against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, initial findings of a serological survey showed.

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.

17 Lok Sabha MPs test coronavirus-positive as Monsoon Session begins

14 Sep 2020

17 Lok Sabha MPs test coronavirus-positive as Monsoon Session begins

On the day the Monsoon Session of the Parliament began amid a raging coronavirus crisis, a record 17 Lok Sabha MPs, most belonging to the ruling BJP, tested positive for the highly-contagious disease.

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.

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 43.6L with nearly 90k new cases

09 Sep 2020

Coronavirus: India's tally reaches 43.6L with nearly 90k new cases

On Tuesday, India reported nearly 90,000 coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 43,67,416. For the second consecutive day, India reported over 1,100 fresh fatalities, pushing the death toll to 73,941.

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.

Crucial question hour dropped from Parliament's monsoon session, outrage follows

02 Sep 2020

Crucial question hour dropped from Parliament's monsoon session, outrage follows

The government's decision to disallow question hour during the monsoon session of Parliament, which begins on September 14, has brought it at the receiving end of criticism from the opposition.

Complacency, more testing, "re-opened" economy driving India's coronavirus spike

31 Aug 2020

Complacency, more testing, "re-opened" economy driving India's coronavirus spike

India, the third worst-infected nation, on Sunday recorded nearly 80,000 new coronavirus cases — a first for the nation, but, not entirely surprising. For the last four days, ending Sunday, the country has been recording over 70,000 cases daily.

MPs to be tested for coronavirus before Parliament's monsoon session

29 Aug 2020

MPs to be tested for coronavirus before Parliament's monsoon session

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Friday that all parliamentarians will be requested to get themselves tested for coronavirus, 72 hours before the monsoon session of Parliament begins.

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

25 Aug 2020

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.

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: 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.

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 amplifies testing, positivity rate hovers around 8%

18 Aug 2020

Coronavirus: India amplifies testing, positivity rate hovers around 8%

India has upped coronavirus testing and with it, the positivity rate, which tells how many people who were tested contracted the infection, has swelled too.

Three indigenous coronavirus vaccines in trials, distribution plan ready: PM

15 Aug 2020

Three indigenous coronavirus vaccines in trials, distribution plan ready: PM

With the world counting on a coronavirus vaccine to save it from the disease that has taken 763,572 lives so far, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India is ready to mass-produce the vaccine once it's developed.

COVAXIN: India's COVID-19 vaccine found safe in early trial

14 Aug 2020

COVAXIN: India's COVID-19 vaccine found safe in early trial

COVAXIN, the first indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine from India, has proven to be safe in early human trials.