Covid-19 Virus Variants: Brazil, UK, South African and other Coronavirus strains in India — check details

Coronavirus Mutations and Variants, Coronavirus Variant Types: A health worker collects a swab sample of an elderly resident of Dharavi during a door-to-door screening for COVID-19, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. (PTI Photo/File) Covid-19 Variants in India: As the information came in that the indigenously-developed Bharat Biotech Covaxin has shown efficacy in neutralising multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2 … Read more

Covid-19 vaccine: Why is Covaxin’s final safety and efficacy report coming only in June? Bharat Biotech clarifies

Covaxin was developed with seed strains received from the National Institute of Virology, and the phase 3 clinical trial was co-funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research. For those awaiting final safety and efficacy results from Bharat Biotech for the Covaxin vaccine, there was some heartening news from the company that showed efficacy numbers … Read more

Amid escalating COVID-19 cases, many countries impose travel restrictions to and from India

Earlier this month, New Zealand suspended entry of all travelers from India. From opening air bubbles since the first COVID-19 wave to now being red-listed by many countries as the second wave hits, India is now facing outbound travel restrictions. As the Coronavirus cases in India have crossed more than 2 lakh per day, many … Read more

World Earth Day: Towards a net zero India – Climate change mitigation strategies for Earth Day

Indian government is committed to increasing use of clean cooking fuels and reducing air pollution related disease burden on people living below the poverty line. By Suresh Kumar Kotla As we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the Earth Day, India is faced with a conundrum of net-zero commitment. The policy makers, thought leaders, businesses, civil … Read more

World Earth Day: Obligation to survive, restore nature and empower societies

As planet Earth gets warmer, there will be an urgent need to develop solutions and technologies to remove harmful greenhouse gases and put it to different uses. By Abhineety Goel, Ph.D. Planet Earth – the majestic blue planet is home to millions of rich diverse species and to 7.8 billion people. To save the planet … Read more

Lockdown should be last resort: PM Modi

The PM said the country today was much better equipped to deal with the pandemic in terms of health infrastructure and added all efforts were being made to provide oxygen to those who needed it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed to states not to enforce lockdowns except as the last resort and instead … Read more

Govt aid will help vaccine production, says Poonawalla

In the first week of April, Poonawalla had sought Rs 3,000 crore from the government to scale up production from 70 million doses a month to 100 million doses a month by June-July. Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Tuesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister N Sitharaman for the … Read more

Vaccine ramp-up: Advance of Rs 4,500 crore to be paid to SII, Bharat Biotech

The health ministry will release the payments to SII and Bharat Biotech through its procurement agency. The Centre will release Rs 3,000 crore as advance payment to Covid-19 vaccine maker Serum Institute of India (SII) and another Rs 1,500 crore to Bharat Biotech towards vaccine supplies till July by amending procurement norms, a finance ministry … Read more

SC stays HC order directing UP govt to impose strict curbs in 5 cities

He further argued said the state government has taken adequate precaution to tackle the surge in cases. The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the Allahabad High Court order that asked the Uttar Pradesh government to impose partial lockdown till April 26 in five major cities amid surge in Covid cases. However, it asked the state … Read more

Lockdown last resort: In PM Modi’s new Covid strategy, focus on discipline – 5 key points

On a day when India recorded more than 2 lakh new coronavirus cases for the 6th straight day, PM Modi sounded firm in his resolve of the nation beating the virus. (Photo: ANI/Twitter) Amid strong buzz over total corona lockdown in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation in a TV broadcast on Tuesday. … Read more