“Double Mutant” COVID Virus Variant Found

What is the News? Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG) has been doing genome sequencing of Covid-19 Variants. It has found a unique “double mutant” virus variant in India. This variant has a unique combination of mutations, not seen anywhere else in the world. What is Double Mutation? Double Mutation is when two mutated strains… Continue reading “Double Mutant” COVID Virus Variant Found

Why Complete Elimination Strategy of COVID virus is not feasible?

Synopsis: The empirical evidence shows that the idea of the complete elimination of COVID viruses in a selected few countries is not feasible. Rather, it will only increase the socioeconomic disparities thereby making the goal of elimination infeasible. Background A recent article published in The Lancet has advocated for “elimination strategy”, it is also known… Continue reading Why Complete Elimination Strategy of COVID virus is not feasible?

Vaccination of manual scavengers must be prioritised

Synopsis:  The government is focussing on the vaccination of frontline sanitation workers. However, the most vulnerable among them, Manual scavengers, did not gethe attention they deserve.  Introduction  India is far behind in understanding sanitation workers and their different categories. Manual scavengers belong to the lowest strata of unprotected sanitation workers. Many people in India believe… Continue reading Vaccination of manual scavengers must be prioritised

ICMR’s 3rd serological survey: Need to rethink on vaccination strategy

Synopsis:  The recent findings of ICMR’s 3rd serological survey can be used to revalidate the vaccination policy of India. Background The ICMR’s third serological survey findings were published at a press conference recently. However, the specific details of the course of the infection are not released. It will be made public later, in a peer-reviewed… Continue reading ICMR’s 3rd serological survey: Need to rethink on vaccination strategy

“ICMR Serological Survey” -One in five Indians have been exposed to coronavirus,

What is the News? Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) has released the third round of the Serological Survey. Facts: Serological Survey: It is conducted to assess the prevalence of a disease in a population. It is done by detecting the presence of specific antibodies that are produced against the virus. How was the survey conducted?… Continue reading “ICMR Serological Survey” -One in five Indians have been exposed to coronavirus,

Lessons for India after one year of first Covid case

Source: click here Syllabus: GS 3 Synopsis: One year has been passed when the first confirmed case was reported in India. What are the lessons that India Should learn from this Pandemic? Introduction  India’s first confirmed case of Sars-CoV-2 was reported exactly a year ago. Experts with the help of a modeling-based study predicted that… Continue reading Lessons for India after one year of first Covid case

What is Covid Performance Index?

What is the News? The COVID Performance Index has been released by the Lowy Institute, an Australian think-tank. Facts: COVID Performance Index: The index aims to rank the best-performing countries in their response to the pandemic. It measures the impact of geography, political systems, population size, and economic development on COVID-19 outcomes, for a conclusion.… Continue reading What is Covid Performance Index?

How should India handle the new virus variants?

Source: click here Syllabus: GS 3 Synopsis: Mutation of the coronavirus has become a new threat for the world. India must take precautionary measures to deal with it. Introduction  New SARS-CoV-2 variants have emerged independently in several countries and the virus is changing very quickly.  If it continues to change, currently available vaccines will become… Continue reading How should India handle the new virus variants?

“BBV154” A Bharat Biotech’s Intranasal Vaccine vaccine

What is the news? An expert body is looking into Bharat Biotech’s application for testing its  Covid-19 vaccine, BBV154. This is an Intranasal Vaccine. What is Intranasal Vaccine? Vaccines are administered as injectable shots into the muscles(intramuscular). Or the tissue just between the skin and the muscles(subcutaneous). However, with intranasal vaccines, the solution is sprayed… Continue reading “BBV154” A Bharat Biotech’s Intranasal Vaccine vaccine

“Covaxin” is effective against U.K. virus variant

What is the News? Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology(NIV) study found Covaxin effective against the new UK variant of Covid-19. About the Study: The study has found that Covaxin has a good neutralization capacity against the U.K variant of the COVID-19 virus. This capacity was the same against… Continue reading “Covaxin” is effective against U.K. virus variant