the importance of booster dose to plan ahead

Source: The Hindu Relevance: To understand the latest developments in the vaccination process. Synopsis: The COVID crisis, unlike other health issues is new and has devastated the world economies.  Recovery from Covid-19 is dependent on faster adoption of the best vaccination process. Introduction: WHO launched an expanded immunization program in 1974, the experience gained through… Continue reading the importance of booster dose to plan ahead

Let’s keep pace with the world on covid research

Source: Livemint Relevance: Covid-19 research is essential for controlling the pandemic. Introduction: India has been behind the curve on tracing virus variants by their genomes. However, a new brain-study initiative points to the potential of forging ahead with work on Covid’s pathology. About India’s Covid-19 research capability: So far, India has mostly been behind the curve… Continue reading Let’s keep pace with the world on covid research

Explained: How CSIR will try to find out if coronavirus can spread while airborne

News: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has started air sampling studies to study whether airborne transmission of Covid-19 is possible. Facts: Virus causing Covid-19: SARS-CoV-2 Spread of the Virus: It spreads through respiratory droplets from one person to another. The airborne transmission of the virus has been subjected to widespread debate. About… Continue reading Explained: How CSIR will try to find out if coronavirus can spread while airborne

Five members of Great Andaman tribe test positive

News: Survival International has called for urgent action following reports that at least five members of the Great Andamanese tribe have tested positive for Covid-19. Facts: Great Andamanese: They are an indigenous people of the Great Andaman archipelago in the Andaman Islands.They are classified as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group(PVTG). Language: They speak Jeru dialect among… Continue reading Five members of Great Andaman tribe test positive

Covid-19 impacts folk artistes

News: The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the livelihood of several folk artistes including ‘Behrupiyas’. Facts: Behrupiya: The word behrupiya is a derivative of the Sanskrit word bahu (many) and roop (form).They are impersonators mostly known to perform in villages and markets all over India. Where is it performed? It is performed in Indian States like… Continue reading Covid-19 impacts folk artistes

Malaysia Detects New Coronavirus Strain ‘D614G’

News: Malaysia has detected a new strain of the novel coronavirus called ‘D614G’, which is considered to be ten times more infectious. Facts: D614G: It is the official name given to the new mutated strain of COVID-19.  It was first detected in Europe.However, it is now being seen in different parts of the world and… Continue reading Malaysia Detects New Coronavirus Strain ‘D614G’

FDA approves rapid, inexpensive saliva test for novel coronavirus

News: United States Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has approved SalivaDirect test for Covid19. Facts: Who developed the test? The SalivaDirect test has been developed by researchers from Yale School of Public Health in partnership with the National Basketball Association(NBA). How is the test different? SalivaDirect test uses saliva samples as opposed to the more invasive… Continue reading FDA approves rapid, inexpensive saliva test for novel coronavirus

BelYo, India’s first Covid-19 blockchain platform goes live

Facts:  BelYo: It is the country’s first COVID-19 blockchain platform that converts COVID-19 related clinical and vaccination data of citizens from physical form into digital assets which can be retrieved by contact tracing apps like Aarogya Setu. Developed by: BelfricsBT, a global blockchain start-up along with IlIT Bangalore. Additional Facts: Blockchain Technology: It is a… Continue reading BelYo, India’s first Covid-19 blockchain platform goes live

Biocon Gets Regulatory Nod To Use Drug Itolizumab On COVID-19 Patients

News: Biocon drug Itolizumab has been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India(DCGI) for treating moderate to severe Covid-19 patients. Facts: Itolizumab: It is a monoclonal antibody drug manufactured by Biocon for the treatment of severe chronic plaque psoriasis.  Monoclonal antibodies are lab-made proteins that act like human antibodies in the immune system and… Continue reading Biocon Gets Regulatory Nod To Use Drug Itolizumab On COVID-19 Patients

Kerala Start-ties up with SCTIMST to launch BIN-19 and UV SPOT

News: Kerala Startup in association with Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology(SCTIMST) has developed BIN-19 and UV SPOT devices to help the Government in combating Covid-19. Facts: BIN-19: It is an Internet of Things(IoT) based device used for collecting and disinfecting Used Face-Mask. IoT Features: Auto Sanitizer Dispenser ( remotely alerts if… Continue reading Kerala Start-ties up with SCTIMST to launch BIN-19 and UV SPOT

SCTIMST to organize commercial launch of Agappe Chitra Magna for detection of COVID 19

News: Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) in collaboration with Agappe Diagnostics Ltd has commercially launched the Agappe Chitra Magna Kit for detection of Covid-19. Facts: Agappe Chitra Magna:It is a magnetic nanoparticle-based RiboNucleic Acid (RNA) extraction kit for use during testing for the detection of COVID-19. Application: The kit can… Continue reading SCTIMST to organize commercial launch of Agappe Chitra Magna for detection of COVID 19

India, AIIB sign agreement for USD 500 million COVID-19 support for India

News:Government of India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB) signed an agreement for a $500 million “COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project”. Facts: The project is co-financed by the World Bank. Aim: To help India prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its public health preparedness. Additional Facts: Crisis Recovery… Continue reading India, AIIB sign agreement for USD 500 million COVID-19 support for India

GOI launches AYUSH interventions for COVID 19 situation

News: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of AYUSH jointly launched three clinical research studies on Ayurveda interventions as an add-on to standard care to COVID 19 situation  Facts:  Clinical research studies on Ayurveda interventions as prophylaxis and as an add-on to standard care to COVID 19: It is a joint initiative of… Continue reading GOI launches AYUSH interventions for COVID 19 situation

What Is ‘Covid Toe’?

News: A study led by Spanish doctors has found five kinds of rashes, including Covid-toe, affecting covid-19 patients. Facts: Covid-toe: Asymmetrical, chilblain-like lesions around the hands and feet Outbreaks of small blisters, often itchy, found on the trunk and limbs Pink or white raised areas of skin that look like nettle rash. Maculopapules – small,… Continue reading What Is ‘Covid Toe’?

1.6 billion at the risk of losing jobs, warns ILO

News:According to the International Labour Organization(ILO) report, nearly half of the global workforce is at risk of losing livelihoods due to COVID-19. Facts: International Labour Organization(ILO): Established in: 1919  Aim: To promote social and economic justice through setting up of international labour standards. Members: 187 member states Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland Significance: It is the first… Continue reading 1.6 billion at the risk of losing jobs, warns ILO

India co-sponsors resolution calling for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

News:United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) have adopted by consensus the “International cooperation to ensure global access to medicines, vaccines and medical equipment to face COVID-19” Facts: The resolution was drafted by Mexico.  It calls for equitable, efficient and timely access to any future vaccines developed to fight coronavirus. It also calls for strengthening the scientific… Continue reading India co-sponsors resolution calling for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

Covid-19: Govt sets up national vaccine task force

News:The Government of India has announced the setting up of a new task force to work on the development of vaccines and potential drugs. Facts: Chairman: It is co-chaired by Vinod Paul, member NITI Aayog and Professor K Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific advisor to the government. Other members: It will include representatives of the Ministry… Continue reading Covid-19: Govt sets up national vaccine task force

India sets up high-level task force to develop vaccine for coronavirus

News: The government formed a high level task force to research on coronavirus and develop a vaccine. Facts: Aim: To enable COVID-19-related research by academia, industry and international community. Functions: create clinical cohorts focussing on long term follow-up of people for better understanding of the disease. collect bio-specimens which will form the basis for further… Continue reading India sets up high-level task force to develop vaccine for coronavirus

Govt issues list of National Directives for COVID-19 management

News: Ministry of Home Affairs issued National Directives for COVID-19 management Facts: Wearing of face cover in workplaces and public places compulsory. Fine for spitting in public places. Ban on sale of tobacco products and alcohol Gatherings of more than five people not allowed in public spaces or in any organisation District magistrates have been… Continue reading Govt issues list of National Directives for COVID-19 management

COVID-19:Scientific initiatives and Organizations in News

Facts: Intensification of Research in High Priority Area (IRPHA) scheme: It was launched by the Science and Engineering Research Board(SERB) to support projects in high priority areas from the viewpoint of advances in fundamental science. Science and Engineering Research Board(SERB): It is a statutory body established through an Act of Parliament in 2008. It is… Continue reading COVID-19:Scientific initiatives and Organizations in News

WHO names the new Corona Virus: “COVID-19”

News: WHO has announced that “COVID-19” will be the official name of the deadly Coronavirus from China. “Co” stands for “corona”, “vi” for “virus” and “d” for “disease”, while “19” was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified on December 31. Facts: Coronavirus: These are viruses belonging to a family known as Coronaviridae.… Continue reading WHO names the new Corona Virus: “COVID-19”