Scientists sceptical about Russia's Covid vaccine, cite lack of evidence for efficacy
While the country hopes to start mass-producing the vaccine by October and plans to offer the first doses to essential workers, many in the science community seem unimpressed. The announcement should be taken "with a pinch of salt", said Indian immunologist Vineeta Bal. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Expert committee on COVID-19 vaccine administration to meet on Wednesday
The phase-1 human clinical trials of the two COVID-19 vaccine candidates, developed indigenously by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and Zydus Cadila Ltd, have been completed and the trials have moved to phase 2, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said last Tuesday. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Single day coronavirus cases dip below 55,000, recovery rate rises to 69.80%
The total coronavirus cases have increased to 22,68,675 with 53,601 new infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 45,257 with 871 fatalities being reported in a span of 24 hours, it stated. . (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: India ’s case fatality rate falls below 2% for the first time
With more patients recuperating and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the total recoveries have jumped to 15,83,489 with 47,746 patients getting discharged in a span of 24 hours, it said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India's single-day count of COVID-19 cases more than that of US, Brazil in past 7 days: WHO data
India recorded 4,11,379 COVID-19 cases and 6,251 deaths due to the disease in a span of seven days till August 10, while the US which is at the number one spot in terms of both cases and deaths, registered 3,69,575 infections and 7,232 deaths during the same period. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: Government shifts focus to virus spread in cities
As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to increase in India, the health and family welfare ministry has decided to emphasise on serological surveys in urban centres to gauge the true burden of the virus, a senior official at the ministry told ET. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Expert panel to meet today to discuss vaccine procurement
The Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration led by Niti Aayog member VK Paul will discuss “procurement, financing, logistical issues, ethical aspects of procurement, and administration of Covid-19 vaccines” tomorrow, a senior health ministry official said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Here are five things you can try if coronavirus doesn ’t go away
Several patients reported they were sick for months rather than the two or three weeks that ’s supposed to be the norm. They don’t just have persistent coughs. Instead, their disease is a systemic experience, with brain fog, internal organ pain, bowel problems, tremors, relapsing fevers, more. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Why the coronavirus is more likely to ‘superspread’ than the flu
Since the start of the pandemic, many comparisons have been drawn between COVID-19 and the flu, both of which are diseases caused by viruses that attack the respiratory tract. But plenty of differences exist, and in many ways the coronavirus is more formidable. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Amway India launches protection gear for frontline workers under COVID-19 Relief Programme
To address the soaring demand of quality sanitizers, especially across hospitals and frontline workers who are relentlessly serving COVID-19 patients, Amway India for the first time developed/manufactured and donated Persona Hand Sanitizer Gel. In partnership with Association of Surgeons of India, it donated 12,000 units of Amway Persona Hand Sanitizer Gel for frontline workers in 47 COVID designated hospitals across 16 cities. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Sleep, interrupted: Pandemic has deprived many of the good night's sleep
Covid-19 has affected normal life to the extent of depriving many people of a good night ’s rest, making them more vulnerable to infection. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Scientists decode how immune system malfunctions in severe COVID-19 cases
In the study, published in the journal Cell, they analysed the gene activity and the amount of proteins on the level of individual immune cells circulating in the blood of these patients using very high resolution single-cell OMICs technologies. (Source: The Economic Times)
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New drug RLF-100 shows dramatic recovery in COVID-19 patients suffering respiratory failure
Aviptadil is a formulation of Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP), which is present in high concentrations in the lungs and known to block various inflammatory cytokines. NeuroRx and Relief Therapeutics have partnered to develop the drug. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Karnataka sees a drop in RT-PCR tests as government pushes for cheaper antigen kits
The more expensive RT-PCR test is considered the gold standard in detecting Covid-19 infections. Of the 42,458 tests done on August 3, 29,488 (69%) were rapid antigen tests, while 12,970 (30%) tests were performed using RT-PCR kits. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Centre releases Rs 890 crore as 2nd tranche of package for Covid health system preparedness
Those who received financial assistance in the second installment include Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim, the ministry said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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No benefit of plasma therapy in reducing COVID-19 mortality risk, says AIIMS trial interim analysis
During the trial, one group of patients was given convalescent plasma therapy along with the standard supportive treatment while the other group only received standard treatment. The number of fatalities recorded in both the groups was equal and there was not much clinical improvement in the condition of patients, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Mildly ill COVID-19 patients might be discharged in nine or more days after symptom onset: Study
Scientists have assessed respiratory samples from 35 COVID-19 patients, and found that contagious coronavirus was "rarely detectable" beyond eight days after onset of illness, an advance that can help develop better self-isolation and quarantining protocols to curb the spread of the pandemic. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India's total Covid-19 cases cross 20 lakhs
India has focussed on the Test, Track and Treat strategy. India has continued testing more than 6 lakh COVID-19 samples for the third consecutive day in a row. (Source: The Economic Times)
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View: The pandemic should guide India towards an equitable health system
Trouble is, health is a physical state, and digitising records and creating stacks will not make us a healthier nation. Vastly improving healthcare delivery and spending on preventative healthcare will. (Source: The Economic Times)
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M & M-Skanray Technologies' indigenously designed ventilator fails to meet govt specs
HLL Lifecare, the government ’s procurement agency, rejected the device because it did not meet the specifications set by the government, Alva said. “We designed it with a simplified interface that paramedics could operate even if there were no intensivists available, but the government wanted to follow the conventional req uirement,” he said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Understanding Covid-19 Mortality: Civil deaths data may hold the key
“Vital registration systems that record births and deaths are unrivaled health surveillance tools that are particularly valuable in responding to epidemics. These data enable the circulation of excess mortality statistics, that is mortality above what we would have expected under normal conditions ," the letter said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Make-or-break time for gym owners as fears abound amid rising coronavirus cases
While all are getting calls from clients looking to return, they don ’t expect more than 20-30% members back in the first month or two. However, leading gym owners across India say they will use the time to build confidence among clients and have the best-in-class standard operating procedures in place in an effort to ensure business picks up once more. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Indegene rolls out gratitude bonus to employees amidst coronavirus pandemic
The company is making this payout as a token of appreciation for the commitment and efforts by its employees to not only maintaining current client operations but also supporting additional demand through new contracts secured during this period. The firm has also announced on-schedule annual increments for more than 2,000 employees across its global offices. (Source: The Economic Times)
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View: As the politicians took over, time-tested public health principles took a back seat
In the chronic underinvestment and neglect of public health in this country. India has one of the lowest allocations to health among all the countries of the world. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: India's testing rate lower than other nations, says WHO Chief Scientist
Without an adequate number of tests, fighting the virus is like "fighting fire blindfolded," Chief Scientist of WHO, Soumya Swaminathan pointed out. According to Swaminathan, the number of tests being conducted is not adequate if the COVID-19 test positivity rate is above five per cent. (Source: The Economic Times)
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96 per cent of 60,000 ventilators being procured are indigenous: Health Ministry
The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said about 96 per cent of the 60,000 ventilators being procured by the government are indigenous and most of them have been sponsored by the PMCARES fund. (Source: The Economic Times)
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eVIN reaches 32 states & UTs, to be rolled-out soon in remaining areas: Health ministry
The eVIN has reached 32 states and Union territories (UTs) and will soon be introduced in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Ladakh and Sikkim. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO concerned about India's rising Covid-19 cases and the younger lot catching virus
The WHO also appealed to countries to enforce the basic measures such as washing of hands, wearing a mask, physical distancing and testing to fight the disease. (Source: The Economic Times)
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GAVI in talks to make Indian vaccine makers join Covax: CEO Seth Berkley
The Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (Covax) partners have already met all the manufacturers in India and those of other countries, and will continue the dialogue in the coming months, said Seth Berkley, the chief executive of GAVI, the largest buyer of vaccines in the world. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Coronavirus impact: Indian state with first-world standards to push export of nurses
Kerala has historically benefited from a large population of expatriates sending money back home, helping drive economic and social gains such as India ’s highest literacy rate and the country’s highest sex ratio. The state accounted for about a fifth of some $80 billion sent home last year by Indians living abroad. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Signing up for Covax will give India access to many vaccines: Soumya Swaminathan
Bilateral deals are not a way to optimise the situation, World Health Organization ’s chief scientist told, adding: “WHO is discouraging countries from bilateral deals.” The Covax initiative to secure vaccines for all aims to bring countries and companies together to pool resources and share vaccine development risks. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Dharavi holds hope for other big cities in Covid-19 control: Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, chairman, Manipal Hospitals
It is time we started to look at reverse-isolation. Protect normal but vulnerable people from infection. Largest number of mortality is in the vulnerable group. Till such time a vaccine is available, we should see they are not exposed to coronavirus, said Dr H Sudarshan Ballal, chairman, Manipal Hospitals. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Mumbai's J J hospital develops a contact less transport chamber to move COVID-19 patients
Developed by the general surgery department of the hospital with the help of engineers of a firm named Indomed Devices, the patient transport 'kavach' aims to reduce the risk of infection among the hospital staff, visitors and other patients. (Source: The Economic Times)
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At 2.15 pc India's COVID-19 fatality rate lowest since 1st lockdown: Health ministry
With 36,569 patients discharged in 24 hours, the total number of recoveries has jumped to 10,94,374 on Saturday and exceed active COVID-19 cases by 5,29,271. There are 5,65,103 active cases in the country at present, according to health ministry data updated at 8 am on Saturday. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

DGFT lays out procedure for exports of surgical masks, medical goggles, diagnostic kits
Online applications filed by exporters only from August 5 to 8 will be considered for getting licences or permission by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) for shipments of 2- and 3-ply surgical masks, medical goggles and diagnostic kits, according to trade notices of the DGFT. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Israel, India conducting trials for 4 technologies with potential to detect COVID in about 30 secs
Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka on Friday visited the special testing site created at the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital to witness the ongoing trials being conducted since the last three days for rapid COVID-19 testing, the Israeli release on his visit said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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National Health ID in the works; Haryana, Rajasthan, Kerala and Tamil Nadu to roll out the system first
​​India is set to unveil a national digital health ecosystem which would digitise your personal medical records; connect diagnostic centres, medical institutions and state medical councils; provide a villager living in a remote rural block an easy appointment at the district hospital and verify all doctors in the country. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Herd immunity against coronavirus may be developing in Mumbai ’s poorest areas
Several Mumbai slums have seen steep drops in infections in recent weeks after cases first erupted in April, even as India ’s overall cases grow at the fastest pace globally. Credit has largely been given to the intensive containment measures officials implemented in the slums, like door-to-door health screenings and rapidly-erected quarantine facilities. (Source: The Economic Times)
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AIIA to provide free testing and treatment to patients at its COVID-19 health centre
AIIA has also been designated as COVID-19 testing centre (RT-PCR and Rapid antigen testing) by the Government of Delhi. A COVID Call Centre has been established at AIIA for handling public queries related to coronavirus telephonically. The Institute has an important role in preventive and curative health care and research areas under the aegis of Ministry of AYUSH. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 in 3 children worldwide threatened by unacceptably high lead levels in blood, finds study
A major contributor to lead poisoning is a surge in the recycling of lead in automotive batteries to satisfy soaring growth in the numbers of cars and trucks, particularly in the developing world, the study said. While lead recycling for batteries is heavily regulated in the United States, it is often done haphazardly in poor and middle-income countries. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19: As economy reopens, labs getting mass test requests from corporates
"We are getting antigen test queries mostly through the government. We are also getting queries from corporates that have large employee population who want to get it done for their employees since one or two of their employees have tested positive," said Chetan Kohli, COO of the Seeds of Innocence and Genestrings Lab. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health ministry asks DGCI to ensure equitable distribution of Remdesivir, Tocilizumab drugs
The ministry has shot off a letter to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), asking it to ascertain how many states and Union territories (UTs) have been covered and which of them are left, as far as the availability and distribution of these drugs by the respective companies is concerned. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial: Expert panel defers Serum Institute ’s proposal
According to the minutes of the meeting, the SEC has asked Serum to distribute clinical trial sites pan India, demarcate the phase II and Phase III part of the protocol. ET has seen the minutes of the meeting. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Moderna's vaccine protects 16 monkeys from virus, 30,000 humans await
Two injections of the vaccine protected against heavy exposure to the virus at two different levels of dosage, Moderna said in findings published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Healthcare organization across the spectrum are scaling up operations: ETILC Members
As the country moves towards opening up more, and lockdowns become more local in nature - there is a multi-prong approach being taken towards recovery. Operations are being scaled up in firms that work across the spectrum - diagnostic firms are releasing more efficient and speedy tests, pharma companies are testing more drugs and hospitals are looking at effective management. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Mumbai Sero Survey suggest half of those in slums already infected and recovered
A serological survey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Niti Aayog and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research showed that 16% of the people living in apartment buildings had been infected by the virus that causes Covid-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Mumbai Sero Survey shows 57% of those in slums already infected
A serological survey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Niti Aayog and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research showed that 16% of the people living in apartment buildings had been infected by the virus that causes Covid-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Human clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine 'Covaxin' begin at a hospital in Odisha
The much-awaited trial of BBV152 COVID-19 vaccine or Covaxin commenced at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, one of the 12 centres selected by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for conducting phase one and two of the process. (Source: The Economic Times)
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43,022 healthcare centres under Ayushman Bharat operational across country: Health Ministry
In a statement, the Health Ministry said as many as 13,657 health and wellness centres (HWCs) were operationalised within the period of the coronavirus pandemic itself (between January to July 2020). These centres provide comprehensive and quality primary care close to the community. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Serum Institute conducting phase III clinical trial of tuberculosis vaccine: DBT
The BCG vaccine is administered routinely to all newborns as part of the national childhood immunisation programme to prevent tuberculosis (TB), an infection caused by bacteria that mainly affects the lungs. It has beneficial heterologous effects and proven antiviral and immune modulatory properties that protect against infectious diseases through induction of trained innate immunity and heterologous adaptive immunity. (Source: The Economic Times)
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