Private hospitals want Covid-19 vaccine supplies from Govt
While private hospitals have initiated discussions for purchasing jabs from domestic manufacturers and international companies such as Johnson& Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna, not much progress has been made. Foreign vaccine makers are believed to have told private hospitals that they supply to governments and not to private entities. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Coronavirus recovery: Feeling weak after recovering from COVID-19? Here is what you should do
If you are someone who has recovered from covid or if you have someone in your family who has recovered, here is what you can do to overcome the weakness associated with the coronavirus infection. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Corporate giants join the global race to fight India Covid crisis
With haunting visuals of mass funeral pyres, long lines of ambulances outside overcrowded hospitals, and desperate pleas on social media for oxygen canisters, the unfolding tragedy is prompting some of the biggest corporations to organize aid for a country they view as a crucial market with 1.3 billion consumers. (Source: The Economic Times)
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UN agencies procuring 7,000 oxygen concentrators, COVID-19 testing machines, PPEs for India: UN spokesperson
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) are procuring equipment and supplies, including 7,000 oxygen concentrators and 500 nasal devices for oxygen supply, as well as oxygen generating plants, COVID-19 testing machines, and personal protective kits, Deputy Spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Total COVID-19 vaccination across India crosses 15 crore mark
These include 93,67,520 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 61,47,918 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,23,19,903 FLWs who have received the first dose and 66,12,789 FLWs who have taken the second dose. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid surge 2: Difficult to say when it will peak, says WHO India's Dr Ofrin
(Source: The Economic Times)
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Second Covid wave in India likely to peak in June: CLSA
The brokerage said parallels from second wave pattern in 12 countries indicated that India is likely to see a peak in mid June and if one excludes Maharashtra, the country will see a peak in June end. The seven day moving average of daily case addition during the second wave in these countries peaked when reported cumulative infections hit a median level of 2.5% of the population in the respective country. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Second Covid wave likely to peak in India in June: CLSA
The brokerage said parallels from second wave pattern in 12 countries indicated that India is likely to see a peak in mid June and if one excludes Maharashtra, the country will see a peak in June end. The seven day moving average of daily case addition during the second wave in these countries peaked when reported cumulative infections hit a median level of 2.5% of the population in the respective country. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Prices of oxygen concentrators, oximeters, nebulisers jump by up to 100% despite cap
Prices of oxygen concentrators, oximeters and nebulisers have surged 50-100% over the past ten days, with a huge demand-supply mismatch amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: The Economic Times)
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What India must do to avert the next massive Covid wave
Turning to the strategy for the administration of vaccines, we need to recognise that the recent decentralisation of purchase and allocation of vaccines has been a mistake. Given that the pandemic constitutes a national emergency, optimal response to it requires planning, coordination and prioritisation of vaccine delivery at the national level. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covishield, Covaxin effective against 'Indian strain' of coronavirus, study suggests
According to a top scientist on Tuesday, Covishield and Covaxin are effective against the coronavirus strain found in India and prevent a serious infection. (Source: The Economic Times)
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What is CT-count in a COVID-19 test? All you need to know
The CT count helps determine the viral load present in a covid patient's body. To simplify, lower the CT value, higher is the viral load and higher the CT value, lesser is the viral load said to be in the body. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Second COVID wave likely to peak in India in June, says CLSA
The brokerage said parallels from second wave pattern in 12 countries indicated that India is likely to see a peak in mid June and if one excludes Maharashtra, the country will see a peak in June end. The seven day moving average of daily case addition during the second wave in these countries peaked when reported cumulative infections hit a median level of 2.5% of the population in the respective country. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ten states account for over 78 per cent of new COVID-19 deaths in India
The country saw 3,293 people losing their lives in a span of 24 hours, the highest in a single day so far, pushing the death toll to 2,01,187. Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh are the other states in the list of 10. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw joins Board of Trustees of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
MSK is ranked as one of the top two hospitals for cancer care in the US for more than 30 years and among the nation's top pediatric hospitals for cancer care, according to US News& World Report, the statement said. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Single vaccine dose cuts COVID-19 transmission by half: UK study
Those given a first dose of either of the two vaccines currently being administered by the National Health Service (NHS) and who became infected with SARS-Cov-2 - the coronavirus which causes COVID-19 - three weeks later were between 38 and 49 per cent less likely to pass the virus on than unvaccinated people. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Govt to procure 1 lakh portable oxygen concentrators, 500 more PSA oxygen plants from PM Cares Fund
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Modi to discuss the measures needed to improve the supply of Liquid Medical Oxygen for COVID-19 management. (Source: The Economic Times)
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View: Leaving vaccination to market force vagaries is anathema to equity and public health efficiency
The initial graduated approach of segmented vaccination — sequencing essential workers and age-defined vulnerable populations — has now given way to mass adult vaccination of all above 18 as the pandemic broke through the lines of control with a second and stronger surge. (Source: The Economic Times)
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ICMR advises against NSAIDs, says some painkillers found to worsen COVID-19
Listing a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for patients with hypertension, diabetes and heart diseases, the ICMR said currently there is no evidence that BP medications -- two group of drugs ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) -- increase the susceptibility or severity of COVID-19. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covishield, Covaxin effective against 'Indian strain' of coronavirus, study suggests
"Initial positive neutralisation studies of B.1.617, with both post-Covaxin or Covishield sera, are correlatable with milder disease during post-vaccination breakthrough infections. This is a positive while we get quantitative data for better understanding of infection protection," Agrawal tweeted. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO to provide 4,000 oxygen concentrators to India amid surge in COVID-19 cases
​​US President Joe Biden spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and pledged America's steadfast support for the people of India who have been impacted by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. The United States is providing a range of emergency assistance, including oxygen-related suppli es, vaccine materials, and therapeutics. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Covid-19 vaccine free for 18+ in Karnataka govt hospitals
Karnataka will provide free Covid-19 vaccines in its government health centres to all those above 18 years, but those who opt for vaccination at private hospitals may have to shell out from their pockets. (Source: The Economic Times)
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View: India ’s new vaccine strategy is bad economics
After the current spike has peaked, people will still need to be inoculated at a rapid pace to flatten the curve and avert a third buildup. And that is when the folly of charging Rs 600 or Rs 1,200 for a life-saving vaccine, in a country where the working class was struggling to buy Rs 5 biscuits even before the pandemic, may become clear. (Source: The Economic Times)
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History of medical oxygen: How the key to Covid fight once used to be a feared thing
Oxygen ’s history in medicine begins in the 1770s, when the Swedish pharmacist Karl Scheele and the British scientist Joseph Priestly independently isolated oxygen gas. Priestly unfairly received the lion’s share of the credit. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Common bowel disease treatment may blunt COVID-19 vaccine response: Study
"This is a really important study, showing that a single dose of SARS-CoV2 vaccine is insufficient to generate protective antibody responses in patients treated with anti-TNF drugs," said Nick Powell, co-senior author of the study from Imperial's Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid surge: How Artificial Intelligence will help effective treatment, issues related to pandemic
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The ₹623.75 billion question: How soon can India vaccinate enough of the population to make a difference?
Both Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech have announced the price of their vaccine to be supplied under the liberalised scheme. SII has stated that it will supply at ₹500 a dose to central and state government, and ₹600 a dose to the private sector. Bharat Biotech has announced that it will continue to supply vaccine to GoI at ₹150 a dose, but will charge ₹600 a dose to state governments, and ₹1,200 a dose to the private sector. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ITBP's COVID centre with 500 oxygen-supported beds starts in Delhi's Radha Soami Beas campus
The border guarding force, ITBP, designated by the Union home ministry as the nodal agency to run the facility, has said there would be no walk-in admissions to the centre. Admission at this centre will be made after approval by district surveillance officers in Delhi. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Delhi: ITBP-run Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre reopens for patients
(Source: The Economic Times)
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India's federal government won't import vaccines, leaving it to states: Sources
They said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government would instead aim to support domestic vaccine makers by guaranteeing purchases from them. The government this month paid Indian vaccine makers in advance, for the first time, for supply of doses. (Source: The Economic Times)
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IIT scientists revise prediction, say active Covid cases likely to peak at 38-48 lakh in mid-May
The scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur and Hyderabad applied the Susceptible, Undetected, Tested (positive), and Removed Approach' (SUTRA) model to predict that active cases would go up further by over 10 lakh by mid-May. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Delay in Covid-19 results: BBMP cancels registration of four labs
The BU numbers are necessary for patients to seek hospital beds, and it was widely reported that the labs were taking a few days to provide BU numbers to persons who gave their swabs. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The ₹623.75 billion question: How soon can India vaccinate a enough of the population to make a difference?
Both Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech have announced the price of their vaccine to be supplied under the liberalised scheme. SII has stated that it will supply at ₹500 a dose to central and state government, and ₹600 a dose to the private sector. Bharat Biotech has announced that it will continue to supply vaccine to GoI at ₹150 a dose, but will charge ₹600 a dose to state governments, and ₹1,200 a dose to the private sector. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - April 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From May 1, you can pick a coronavirus vaccine of your choice
This will be the first time recipients can choose their vaccine. So far, under the immunisation drive, the type of vaccine was not listed on CoWIN at the time of registering for an appointment at public or private vaccination centres. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Coronavirus: What is CT-count in a COVID-19 test? What does it tell you about your infection?
The positivity criteria for the samples is determined by the number of 'cycles' or cycle threshold needed to detect the virus presence in the sample. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Hyderabad scientists: ‘Double mutant’ virus split 3-way
City scientists, who studied these new sub-lineages or mutants, however, say that more research is required to find out if they are more potent or dangerous as compared to other variants now in circulation. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Govt to use PM-CARES to set up 551 PSA O2 generation plants
These dedicated plants will be established in identified government hospitals in district headquarters in various states and union territories, and their procurement will be done through the Health and Family Welfare ministry. (Source: The Economic Times)
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View: Vaccination is the only real weapon to stop Covid-19. India must continue and intensify the drive
For the immediate present, India needs to continue and intensify the vaccination drive. This is the only real weapon the world has to stop the virus. Vaccines work, and while there remains a lot of debate about conclusive evidence of the determinants of the virus, there should be no debate about the efficacy of vaccines. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Srei announces third prospective investor for capital infusion
Cerberus joined two other prospective investors for infusing capital into Srei Equipment Finance Ltd (SEFL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Srei Infrastructure Finance. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital receives 5 MT oxygen, highest in 3 days
The hospital had raised an alarm at 10:30 pm on Saturday, saying its oxygen stock would last only an hour. There were 130 patients in the ICU, including 30 on invasive ventilation, when the SOS was sent. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Delhi's LNJP hospital, left with just 2 hours of oxygen supply, receives refill
AAP MLA Raghav Chaddha, who is also the chairman of LNJP Hospital's Rogi Kalyan Samiti, had earlier tweeted about the cryogenic tanker on its way to refill oxygen stock in the hospital. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Enhancing testing infra, manpower amid surging COVID-19 cases, say leading diagnostic chains
A record single-day rise of 3,49,691 coronavirus cases pushed India's tally of infection to 1,69,60,172, while active cases crossed the 26-lakh mark, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Sunday. (Source: The Economic Times)
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India fastest in world to administer over 14 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses: Govt
So far, 14,09,16,417 vaccine doses have been administered across the country through 20,19,263 sessions, the ministry said citing a provisional report till 7 am. (Source: The Economic Times)
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PMO says 551 oxygen generation plants to be set up in govt hospitals through PM Cares Fund
These dedicated plants will be established in identified government hospitals in district headquarters in various states and union territories, and their procurement will be done through the Health and Family Welfare ministry. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Sero-positivity 'lower' in smokers & vegetarians, says CSIR survey
The survey suggested that despite COVID-19 being a respiratory disease, smoking might be acting as the first line of defence. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Tears, prayers, police, JCB: How Saroj Hospital saved over 100 lives
An oxygen tanker had reached the hospital after the staff spent hours running around in search of supplies and making frantic calls to the government and police. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Throat spray, oral drug for malaria-arthritis effective in reducing spread of COVID-19: Singapore study
The findings were made based on a large-scale clinical trial conducted last May, involving more than 3,000 migrant workers living in Tuas South Dormitory in the Industrial District of Singapore, Channel News Asia reported. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Every second person getting tested in Kolkata is positive
“Laboratories in Kolkata and surrounding areas are reporting a positivity rate of 45%-55% while in other parts of the state the positivity rate is around 24%, up from 5% at the beginning of this month,” said a doctor attached to one of the largest laboratories conducting RT-PCR tests in the stat e. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Covid-19: How Uttar Pradesh is tracking its oxygen tankers 24x7
In a first, Uttar Pradesh has set up “Oxygen Monitoring System” in the state and the effort has started to manage the demand side by keeping track of the real-time demand at hospitals.​​ In just 28 hours, Uttar Pradesh has tagged 38 oxygen tankers located in different parts of the country and another 25 will be tagged in the ne xt 24 hours for tracking their real-time location for swift management. (Source: The Economic Times)
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Provide COVID-19 vaccines for free as health emergency needs public financing, says expert
"Vaccination should be free because any public health emergency, particularly of an infectious disease, requires public financing to support it as it's considered to be a public good," Reddy told PTI in an interview. (Source: The Economic Times)
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