View: Are private hospitals ramp-up ready for mass Covid-19 immunisation?
Epidemiologists say that the wider the vaccination coverage, the bigger the barrier to infection, even mutant strains. But while we impressively vaccinated the world ’s third-highest number, this was a blushing one-fourth of the official target of 1.3 million per day. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Phase 2 of Covid vaccination: People with comorbidities will need medical certificate to get the jab
There are currently two vaccines in use in India – Covishield, the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine made by of Serum Institute of India, and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dr Reddy ’s fails to get approval for Sputnik V
“The committee has asked the company to come back with immunogenicity data,” a government official said, asking not to be identified. Dr Reddy’s had approached the regulator on February 19 to get emergency approval for Sputnik V. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hinduja IT arm to hive off its healthcare business
HGS has begun a formal process to hive off its healthcare BPO and reached out to bulge bracket investors such as Apax Partners, Blackstone Group, Baring PE Asia, Carlyle and Warburg Pincus, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the matter told ET. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

24,000 designated private hospitals to join Phase-3 Covid vaccination drive from March 1
According to initial discussions in the health ministry, private hospitals may not be permitted to sell the vaccine but could be allowed to collect a nominal fee to administer it, said sources familiar with the details. Also, 10,000 government hospitals will provide vaccination for free. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IIT Madras researchers identify a sustainable, high-yielding alternative source for anti-cancer drug Camptothecin
The researchers have found a way to produce the drug using a novel microbial fermentation method that produces high yield without too much cost. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rajasthan government to bring Universal Health Care scheme worth Rs 3,500 crore: Ashok Gehlot
Ashok Gehlot said that from next year, universal health coverage will be implemented at a cost of Rs 3,500 crore, under which every family in the state will get medical insurance benefit of up to Rs 5 lakh. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India ’s neighbours among 50-odd WTO members backing easy vaccine access
The proposal calls for a waiver for all WTO members of certain provisions of copyrights, industrial designs, patents and protection of undisclosed information in the Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights agreement for prevention, containment or treatment of Covid-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Manish Garg from Medlife joins DealShare as chief strategy officer
With overall 15+ years of experience in the industry, Garg joins from Medlife where he was the Head of Head of Supply Chain Management, Procurement& Offline Retail. Prior to Medlife, Manish has worked with Myntra, Amazon and Unisource Worldwide. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Expert panel reviews EUA application for Sputnik V vaccine; seeks immunogenicity, safety data
Dr Reddy's Laboratories on February 19 said it had approached drugs regulator DCGI for emergency use authorisation (EUA) for the Russian vaccine. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government looks to involve private sector once vaccine drive expands to 50-plus age group
As govt moves to expand the vaccination process to the 50-plus age group, the Centre is looking to rope in the private sector in a major way to cover a much larger target population of 27 crore people. Niti Aayog officials said details of the next phase of vaccinations were being firmed up and private sector participation would be large scale. India has vaccinated 1.14 cr people. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India's health sector overcame trial by fire amid Covid-19: PM Modi
(Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tata STRIVE and Wipro GE Healthcare partner to skill 6,200 candidates for jobs in healthcare sector over three years
The agreement aims to skill 6,200 candidates in various technical and operational areas of healthcare. As part of this partnership, Wipro GE Healthcare will design, develop and implement industry-relevant, hands-on training with a goal of achieving gainful employment for these students, many of whom belong to underprivileged sections of society. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: India's active caseload falls below 1.5 lakh; no fresh deaths in 21 states, UTs
The country reported 78 new Covid-19 fatalities on Tuesday, the health ministry said, as it underlined that a steady decline is being observed in the number of daily new deaths. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MTaI urges govt to include medical technology workforce for COVID-19 vaccination
The medical technology workforce has been working round the clock in the current pandemic times, similar to hospital personnel, it noted. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'States have started implementing IMI 3.0 for kids, pregnant woman not immunised in routine drive'
The campaign aims to accelerate the full immunisation of children and pregnant women in the country and the first phase has been rolled out from Monday for 15 days, the ministry said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Two new variants of SARS-CoV-2 not reason for surge in cases in Maharashtra, Kerala: Govt
Coronavirus infections in India rose by 14,199 in the past 24 hours to more than 11 million, according to health ministry data. Deaths rose by 83 to 156,385. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IMA demands an explanation from Harsh Vardhan for promoting Patanjali's coronil tablet
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was present at the event on Friday where Patanjali Ayurveda claimed that its Coronil medicine had received certification from Ayush Ministry as per WHO ’s certification scheme, and that Coronil is the first 'evidence-based' medicine to fight Covid-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kochi firm PNB Vesper Life Sciences completes phase 2 clinical trial of coronavirus drug
The company on Monday said the clinical trial was initiated in November at BJ Government Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital in Pune, and Victoria Medical College and Research Institute in Bengaluru on 40 patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer vaccine stops Covid's spread, finds Israeli study
The Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE Covid-19 vaccine appeared to stop the vast majority of recipients in Israel becoming infected, providing the first real-world indication that the immunization will curb transmission of the coronavirus. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

View: Even if vaccines don ’t eliminate coronavirus straight away, they are still useful in controlling it
The general expectation is that when the vaccine against Covid-19 is rolled out in the population it would mark the end of the pandemic, the virus would go away and people can start pre-Covid ‘normal’ life again. Many are counting on the vaccine to build enough herd immunity, resulting in slowing down of the transmission and finally stopping it. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can we avoid another coronavirus pandemic?
Trials have been on in Europe and Latin America since December, and the results could be out as early as next month. The good news is that, unlike the Pfizer shot that needs to be stored at -70 °C, the CureVac shot can be stored safely at +5°C (in an ordinary refrigerator) for three months. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IISER Bhopal Innovators develop a unique ‘Crowd and Mask’ monitoring system to prevent COVID-19 spread
Wearing masks is among the primary precautions adopted to prevent COVID-19 spread along with social distancing. With the Institute commencing the process of bringing students back to campus in phases, this AI-powered system will help to maintain a minimum of three feet of social distancing. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mission to vaccinate pregnant women and children - Indradhanush 3.0 - starts in Rajasthan
In the first phase of the campaign, 24 districts of the state have been included and a total of 3,963 vaccination sessions will be organised in these districts. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IMA 'shocked' over Patanjali's claim on Coronil; demands explanation from Harsh Vardhan
This comes in the wake of global health body, WHO, clarifying that it has not reviewed or certified the effectiveness of any traditional medicine for the treatment of COVID-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: National positivity rate at 5.20 per cent
Progressive countrywide expansion in testing infrastructure has played a crucial role in the steep rise of testing numbers, the ministry underlined. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India can vaccinate 500 million people in 60 days against Covid by allowing private sector: Premji
Nandan Nilekani, Infosys chairman and the first chairman of Aadhaar-issuing authority, last month said India can become a role model on how to vaccinate a billion people at scale, speed and in a trusted manner. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Herd immunity is 'very difficult' to achieve in India, says AIIMS director Randeep Guleria
Herd immunity is "very difficult" to achieve and one should not think of it in "practical terms" in India, especially in the times of "variant strains" of Covid-19 and "waning immunity", claimed AIIMS director Randeep Guleria on Sunday. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experts call rise in Covid cases in few states 'Stochastic spread'
While Kerala and Maharashtra continue to report a surge in cases, a trend of rise in infections is also being observed in Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

People who have had COVID should get single vaccine dose, studies suggest
The results of these new studies are consistent with the findings of two others published over the past few weeks. Taken together, the research suggests that people who have had COVID-19 should be immunized — but a single dose of the vaccine may be enough. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India host to 7,569 coronavirus mutants, shows study
The novel coronavirus is perhaps the first infectious organism in recent times to form thousands of its variants across the globe. In India alone over 7,569 coronavirus variants have been analysed since the pandemic virus was first recognised in Wuhan. This is despite the fact that not enough samples are sequenced by scientists in the country. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AIIMS chief calls for PPP for large-scale rollout of COVID-19 vaccination programme
"We have this small window before things may worsen and therefore we should take whatever vaccine we get and immunise ourselves so that we are able to decrease mortality and really have another spike in cases in the country," Guleria emphasised. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GAVI inks pact with Serum Institute of India, Novavax for Covid-19 vaccine supply
The Novavax vaccine has shown 90% efficacy in phase 3 clinical trials in the UK that enrolled more than 15,000 participants aged 18-84 years, of whom 27% were over 65. The vaccine was shown to work against the more infectious UK strain, according to the company. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health minister Harsh Vardhan appeals to healthcare, frontline workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19
Union minister Harsh Vardhan further said that no severe adverse event post-immunisation has been recorded in the country and those reported are also 0.0004 per cent. "No death has been recorded due to COVID-19 vaccination. All state governments have been asked to vaccinate every healthcare and frontline worker," he said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government panel to meet today to examine widening dosage gap of Covishield
At present, India is giving the second dose of Covishield after a gap of 28 days. However, new evidence suggests that efficacy is better when the second dose is given after 8-12 weeks. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19: All you need to know about herd immunity
Herd immunity is achieved when enough people have immunity, either from vaccination or past infection, to stop the uncontrolled spread. It doesn't make any one person immune, and outbreaks can still flare-up. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinical trials indicate India's vaccines will be effective against COVID-19 variants, says ICMR
Addressing an international webinar "Kerala Health: Making the SDG A Reality," organised by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala, Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General of ICMR said a paper on Covaxin's neutralisation potential against the UK strain has been accepted for publication. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Clinical trials indicate India's vaccines will be effective against Covid-19 variants: ICMR
Dr Bhargava pointed out that India was the fifth country in the world to isolate the Covid-19 virus as part of the efforts to develop a vaccine for the pandemic. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved claims 'first evidence-based medicine for Covid-19'
Patanjali claimed that the medicine has been “recognised by WHO as an ayurvedic medicine for Corona”. Baba Ramdev released a scientific research paper on the same today. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Madras HC issues notice to SII, ICMR & India ’s drug regulator on a petition against Covishield
“The court has admitted the case and given time to respondents to file a reply before the next date of hearing which is March 26,” Rajaram, the advocate in the case told ET. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India took 34 days to achieve one crore COVID vaccinations, 2nd fastest after US: Government
Till 8 am on Friday, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) in the country was 1,01,88,007. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ayurveda economy has seen up to 90 per cent growth post-COVID: Harsh Vardhan
"This (data) is of the pre-COVID era. Post-COVID, the economy of Ayurveda, which is Rs 30,000 crore with a growth of 15 to 20 per cent, has gone up to 50 to 90 per cent," he said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New mutation of coronavirus renders it up to eight times more infectious in human cells
The research, published in the journal eLife, confirms findings that D614G -- one of several mutations in the concerning variants that have emerged in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil -- makes the coronavirus more transmissible. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ESI beneficiaries can get medical services at empaneled hospitals
Beneficiaries of the ESI health insurance scheme can get medical care at nearby private hospitals empanelled with the Employees' State Insurance Corporation in case of non-availability of ESIC hospitals within 10 kms of their residence. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can our coronavirus vaccine fight new strains? India to test
The ICMR had announced on Tuesday that Pune-based National Institute of Virology was in the process of isolating and culturing the South African variant in its lab. The NIV has already readied a culture of the Brazilian variant for testing. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India third on list of countries with highest cumulative vaccination numbers: Health ministry
A total of 94,22,228 vaccine doses have been given to beneficiaries through 1,99,305 sessions till 8 am on February 18, as per the provisional report. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Taking Stock: India's Covid vaccine supplies exceed usage
Health ministry data on vaccine supplies between January 16 and February 9 shows that so far only 31.45% of Covishield and 11.75% of Covaxin dispatched stocks have been administered to healthcare providers, defence personnel and frontline workers. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

El Salvador getting its first vaccine from India
The office of President Nayib Bukele says the shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive on a flight from India. Bukele's office says the first doses will be used to vaccinate health care workers. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Largest batch of AIIMS resident surgeons to learn basics of robotic surgery
In the largest such initiative so far, a group of 70 young surgeons specialising in oncology at the premier medical science institute in New Delhi are learning the basics of robot-assisted surgeries in a new two-month course. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

No COVID-19 deaths in last 24 hours in 18 states, UTs: Health ministry
India's cumulative recoveries have been showing a progressive increment on a daily basis, the Union health ministry said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news