Govt. report flags lapses in “filovirus study” among Nagaland bats

What is the News? The government of India has concluded that there have been lapses in the conduct and protocols followed for the filovirus study of bats in Nagaland. What was the filovirus study about? Researchers from India, China and the US had conducted a study in Nagaland on bats and humans carrying antibodies to… Continue reading Govt. report flags lapses in “filovirus study” among Nagaland bats

How to Prevent Misuse of Synthetic Biology?

Synopsis: Synthetic biology is a double-edged sword. It is highly prone to misuse, thus there is an urgent need for international measures for monitoring and verification. Background: Synthetic biology is a revolutionary technology. It can help us manipulate biological organisms and processes for human betterment, especially in treating diseases, by re-engineering cells. Till now there… Continue reading How to Prevent Misuse of Synthetic Biology?

Single dose of vaccine can’t control Delta Variant: Global Study on vaccines

Synopsis: The data from clinical trials and post-vaccination study on vaccines shows that the Dominant delta variant of Covid-19 can’t be easily controlled by a single dose of vaccine. The countries must administer two doses of vaccine and should reduce the time gap between them. Background: The WHO has recently given a new classification to… Continue reading Single dose of vaccine can’t control Delta Variant: Global Study on vaccines

Mixing Covid-19 vaccines: Benefits and Concerns

What is the news? India plans to conduct research on Mixing Covid-19 vaccines. This is to investigate if it can immunize people using a “mix and match” of different Covid-19 vaccines. What does mixing of vaccines mean? Mixing of vaccines means following up one dose of a particular vaccine with a second dose of a… Continue reading Mixing Covid-19 vaccines: Benefits and Concerns

Genomic sequencing in India needs to be scaled up

Synopsis: There is a need for rapidly expanding genomic sequencing and sharing related data in a timely & transparent manner. This will help in understanding the impact of new variants on transmissibility, severity and vaccine effectiveness. Background An effective COVID-19 pandemic response requires tracking of emerging variants, conducting studies about their transmissibility, immune escape and… Continue reading Genomic sequencing in India needs to be scaled up

What is the “Delta variant of Covid-19”?

What is the news? As per a study carried out by INSACOG (the consortium of labs undertaking genome sequencing in India), Delta variant of Covid-19 is the primary cause of the second Covid-19 wave gripping the country presently. What is the Delta Variant of Covid-19? The World Health Organization (WHO) has named B.1.617.1 variant as ‘Kappa‘… Continue reading What is the “Delta variant of Covid-19”?

“Corbevax Vaccine” and its difference from other Covid-19 vaccines

What is the News? India has placed an advance order to block 300 million doses of a new Covid-19 vaccine, Corbevax from Hyderabad-based company Biological E. About Corbevax Vaccine: Corbevax is a recombinant protein subunit vaccine. The vaccine is being indigenously produced by Biological E, Hyderabad-based Pharmaceutical company. Made up of: The Corbevax vaccine is… Continue reading “Corbevax Vaccine” and its difference from other Covid-19 vaccines

First “WHO BioHub Facility” Launched

What is the News? The World Health Organization(WHO) and the Swiss Confederation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch the first WHO BioHub Facility. About WHO BioHub Facility: BioHub Facility has been launched to enhance the rapid sharing of viruses and other pathogens between laboratories and partners globally. Based in: Spiez, Switzerland. Key… Continue reading First “WHO BioHub Facility” Launched

” Kyasanur Forest Disease” – ICMR-NIV Develops a New Point-of-Care Testing

What is the News? A new point-of-care test has been developed for the rapid diagnosis of Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD). About Point-of-Care Test: Firstly, the Point-of-Care Test has been developed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-National Institute of Virology. Secondly, the test kit includes a battery-operated Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). The analyser is… Continue reading ” Kyasanur Forest Disease” – ICMR-NIV Develops a New Point-of-Care Testing

“Dipcovan Kit” -DRDO develops Antibody Detection Kit

What is the News? Defense Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) has developed a Covid-19 antibody detection kit named Dipcovan. About Dipcovan Kit: Firstly, Dipcovan kit is a Covid-19 antibody detection kit. Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences lab of DRDO developed it in association with Delhi’s Vanguard Diagnostics Pvt Ltd. Secondly, Purpose: Its primary purpose… Continue reading “Dipcovan Kit” -DRDO develops Antibody Detection Kit