Should children be giving COVID 19 jabs

Synopsis: Vaccination has helped the world to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the debates over-vaccination of Children still continues. Introduction Covid-19 has impacted all sections of society, especially children. Debates have been going on to initiate Covid vaccination drives for children. This issue was raised, particularly in India, when the reopening of schools was tied… Continue reading Should children be giving COVID 19 jabs

How India ramped up its vaccination drive

Synopsis: India’s vaccination drives have evolved over the last two decades. It has overcome not just scientific challenges, but also social issues like hesitancy. Introduction India’s health infrastructure was put under severe stress by the 2nd COVID wave. The best remedy to prevent recurrence is to complete the vaccination drive. However, Vaccination faces a great… Continue reading How India ramped up its vaccination drive

COVID-19, kidney injury and need for vaccine shot

Synopsis: Covid-19 pandemic has long-term effects on internal organs. This article deals with issues with its impact on Kidney. Introduction: COVID-19 damages many organs including the lungs, heart and kidneys. A severe form of the disease is seen in older adults and people with chronic heart, kidney and lung diseases, diabetes or other conditions that… Continue reading COVID-19, kidney injury and need for vaccine shot

Its time for national conservation on how to live with the virus

Synopsis: The goal is not to eliminate the infection, but to reduce sickness and mortality. Introduction This article highlights the impact of Covid on people’s lives and what can be expected in the future. Given that virus is constantly evolving, how we shape our policies is crucial for a healthy society. What are the limitations… Continue reading Its time for national conservation on how to live with the virus

Indian scientists studying garlic extracts for potential covid treatment

What is the News? Indian scientists are studying garlic extracts for treating covid-19. About the Study The study is being conducted by the Centre of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali and the Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad. They are jointly researching natural garlic essential oil as a potential inhibitor of ACE2 protein. ACE2 is a… Continue reading Indian scientists studying garlic extracts for potential covid treatment

Mu variant: Newly classified by WHO as a SARS-CoV-2 variant of interest

What is the News? The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified yet another SARS-CoV-2 variant — B.1.621 — as a variant of interest (VOI) and given it the label “Mu”.  About Mu Variant Mu Variant was first seen in Colombia in January 2021 when it was given the designation B1621.  It has since been detected… Continue reading Mu variant: Newly classified by WHO as a SARS-CoV-2 variant of interest

Effectiveness of vaccines

Source: This post is based on the article “Effectiveness of vaccines” published in The Hindu on 2nd September 2021. What is the News? According to a study, natural infection confers stronger immunity against the SARS-CoV-2 virus than even full vaccination.  Background Natural Immunity following a virus infection lasts longer is already well known. For Example, People… Continue reading Effectiveness of vaccines

Three doses not two: Israel sets new benchmark for full vaccination. It is on India’s horizon as well

Source: This post is based on the article “Three doses not two: Israel sets new benchmark for full vaccination. It is on India’s horizon as well” published in the Times of India on 1st September 2021. Relevance: To understand the immunization process. Synopsis: With Israel adopting a 3 dose policy, what should be India’s policy… Continue reading Three doses not two: Israel sets new benchmark for full vaccination. It is on India’s horizon as well

Is Covid-19 now endemic in India?

Source: This post is based on the article “Is Covid-19 now endemic in India?” published in the Indian Express on 31st August 2021. What is the News? The World Health Organization(WHO) chief scientist has said that India seems to be entering some stage of Covid-19 endemicity, where there is low- to moderate-level transmission. What is… Continue reading Is Covid-19 now endemic in India?

A surfeit of sero surveys 

Source: The Hindu  Relevance: This article explains the advantages and disadvantages associated with Sero surveys Synopsis:  Though Sero Surveys are useful in detecting the prevalence of antibodies, frequent surveys are expensive and futile Introduction: A sero surveillance ascertains the prevalence of past infectious disease in a population; In Covid cases, it helps to detect whether anti-bodies… Continue reading A surfeit of sero surveys