Category: Covid News

Covid-19 has pushed half of India’s poor away from nutritious food: report

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions that followed has resulted in half of India’s poor people being deprived of nutritious food. In its 2021 Global Food Policy Report, the International Food Policy Research Institute has warned of severe and long lasting consequences due to the contraction in diet quality. India was one […]

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Jambusar taluka non-operational amid pandemic: Mansukh Vasava to Gujarat Deputy CM

With the growing number of Covid-19 cases in Bharuch district, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Mansukh Vasava in a letter to Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who is also the state Health Minister, has said Jambusar taluka, which has been among the most-affected by the coronavirus disease in the district, does not have a single […]

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Despite short supply, Covax distributed nearly 40 mn vaccine doses: WHO – ET HealthWorld

Close to 40 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have already been distributed through the COVAX Facility, half of them in Africa, but vaccine supplies are still stalled due to “tremendous demand” especially in India, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Covax, a WHO-led program to secure equitable access to vaccines for low and middle-income countries, “has, […]

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Jharkhand: Private hospitals told to keep 50% beds for Covid patients – ET HealthWorld

Ranchi: The state health department on Monday issued a directive reserving 50% beds in all private hospitals for Covid-19 patients. Last week, the government had mandated that 25% beds in private hospitals be reserved for coronavirus patients. The figure has now been doubled in the wake of growing number of Covid-19 cases. On the other […]

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Covid-19: Stealthy virus beating RT-PCR tests, find docs – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The novel coronavirus variant that is causing the current wave of Covid-19 is not just highly infectious but also stealthy. City hospitals say there are getting cases where a patient has typical symptoms of the disease but tests negative for the viral infection, sometimes twice or thrice even through RT-PCR, considered the gold […]

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Centre fast tracks emergency approvals for foreign Covid-19 vaccines to augment India’s vaccination coverage – ET HealthWorld

With the aim to expand the basket of vaccines and accelerate the coverage of Covid vaccination in fighting the pandemic, the central government on Tuesday said that it has fast-tracked approvals for foreign manufactured Covid-19 vaccines that have received similar clearances. The decision came after the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC) […]

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Cipla doubles remdesivir production to meet ‘unprecedented’ demand – ET HealthWorld

India’s Cipla Ltd has doubled production of Covid-19 medication remdesivir to help meet “unprecedented demand” as the country battles a massive second wave of infections, the drugmaker said on Tuesday. India has overtaken Brazil as the world’s second-worst coronavirus-hit country after the United States, having administered about 107 million vaccine doses among a population of […]

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Foreign vaccines approved by other countries to be cleared for emergency use

With the aim to fast track the approvals for the foreign manufacturers to commercially market their Covid-19 vaccine in the country, the centre Tuesday announced that vaccines that have been granted emergency approvals by US, UK, Japanese regulators, including those listed by the WHO may be granted emergency use approvals in India. The centre said […]

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HGCO19 vaccine candidate: Gennova starts enrolment for Phase 1/2 human clinical trials – ET HealthWorld

Gennova has initiated the enrolment of volunteers for Phase 1/2 clinical trials for its mRNA vaccine candidate HGCO19, the Department of Biotechnology, which has provided seed funding for its development, said on Tuesday. The DBT said it has approved additional funding towards clinical studies of India’s first of its kind’ mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccine, HGCO19, developed […]

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Seven Covid-19 patients die at Maha hospital, relatives allege oxygen shortage – ET HealthWorld

Mumbai: After seven Covid-19 patients died at a hospital here in Nalasopara, their relatives alleged a shortage of oxygen supply and administrative failure at the facility. However, the hospital authorities said those patients died either due to their age or co-morbidities. “It is only hospital accepting critical patients in the area. Those patients died either […]

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