Covaxin junior: Bharat Biotech’s kids’ vaccine is good news. But why is its vaccine for adults yet to get WHO clearance?

What is the news? Bharat Biotech is on the threshold of becoming the second Indian vaccine maker to receive an emergency use approval in the domestic market for a children’s Covid vaccine.  The company’s vaccine for children has received a conditional approval from an expert committee of the drug regulator. The next steps will have… Continue reading Covaxin junior: Bharat Biotech’s kids’ vaccine is good news. But why is its vaccine for adults yet to get WHO clearance?

Explained: What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

What is the news?  The new vaccine “RTS,S/ASO1 (RTS.S)” with its trade name “Mosquirix” was endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently. This is the first and only vaccine shown to have the capability of significantly reducing malaria, and life-threatening severe malaria, in tests on young African children.  About the vaccine – Mosquirix  Mosquirix has been developed by British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline… Continue reading Explained: What is Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine to get the WHO’s backing?

“COVID Teeka Sang Surakshit Van, DhanaurUddyam” was launched to accelerate the pace of Covid vaccination among tribal communities

What is the News? The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs has launched the “COVID Teeka Sang Surakshit Van, DhanaurUddyam” campaign. What is the “COVID Teeka Sang Surakshit Van, DhanaurUddyam” campaign? Aim: To accelerate the pace of Covid vaccination among tribal communities of India.  Under the campaign, the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED)… Continue reading “COVID Teeka Sang Surakshit Van, DhanaurUddyam” was launched to accelerate the pace of Covid vaccination among tribal communities

India warns of reciprocal measures if UK doesnt recognise COVISHIELD

Synopsis: The UK seems to have adopted a discriminatory policy towards Indian manufactured Covishield. This has not gone down well within India. Introduction Recently, UK released new post-Covid travel rules. According to the new rules, fully vaccinated Indian individuals will be considered ‘unvaccinated’ and will have to undergo mandatory self-isolation. Why new UK rules are… Continue reading India warns of reciprocal measures if UK doesnt recognise COVISHIELD

India will resume exports of covid-19 vax from Oct to meet its commitments

What is the News? India will resume the export of COVID-19 vaccines under its ‘Vaccine Maitri’ programme to fulfil the commitment towards COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access). What is the Vaccine Maitri Programme? Vaccine Maitri Initiative was launched by the Government of India in January 2021. Purpose: It is a humanitarian initiative undertaken by India… Continue reading India will resume exports of covid-19 vax from Oct to meet its commitments

A spike – India must prioritise vaccines to States and districts that are at greatest infection risk

Synopsis: Given the Indian population, vaccinating all adults itself is a challenge in India, given that supply challenges still persist. Introduction Recently, India administered a record 2.5 crore vaccine shots in a day to mark the celebration of the Prime Minister’s birthday. It is equivalent to the populations of the whole of Australia, two-thirds of… Continue reading A spike – India must prioritise vaccines to States and districts that are at greatest infection risk

New research: Scientists attempt to turn edible plants into vaccines

What is the News? Scientists and Researchers at the University of California are studying whether they can turn edible plants like lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories. What is the purpose of the project?  The project aims to demonstrate whether they can convert plants like spinach and lettuce into mRNA vaccine factories. What is the key… Continue reading New research: Scientists attempt to turn edible plants into vaccines

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