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COVAXIN: India’s first COVID-19 Vaccine trials

The Central Drugs and Standard Control Organization has granted its approval to conduct human trials of COVAXIN vaccine. The vaccine was developed by Bharat Biotech India. The trials are to begin in July 2020. Highlights The trials of the vaccine are scheduled to begin by July, 2020. The vaccine was developed in collaboration with Indian ..

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India’s first infectious disease Diagnostic Lab

The first disease diagnostic laboratory is ready to be launched. The mobile laboratory was constructed under the scheme Atma Nirmar Bharat Abhiyan launched by PM Modi. Highlights The laboratory aims to promote and support the idea of becoming self sufficient in difficult times. It was constructed in a record time of 8 days. The laboratory ..

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COBAS 6800: India’s first automated COVID-19 testing machine

On May 14, 2020, the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan dedicated the COBAS 6800 RT PCR machine to the nation. Highlights The machine is completely automated and performs high end RT-PCR tests. The machine will help to increase the testing capacity of the country. It has been placed at National Centre for Disease Control, ..

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DRDO Mobile COVID-19 Testing Lab inaugurated by Defence Minister

On April 24, 2020, Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh inaugurated mobile COVID-19 testing laboratory facility. The facility is capable of testing 1000 samples in a day. Highlights The Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory (MVRDL) was developed by DRDO in association with the ESIC Hospital in Hyderabad. The laboratory was set up in 15 days ..

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Guidelines for Handling COVID-19 Fatalities

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines for disposal of bodies of patients who died from COVID-19. Biosafety Levels Biosafety Levels or BSL is a set of bio-containment protocols used to isolate hazardous biological agents in laboratory facilities. There are 4 biosafety levels with the BSL-1 being the lowest and BSL-4 ..

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