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India approved two COVID-19 vaccines for Emergency Use

The Drug Controller General of India recently announced that it has authorised two COVID-19 vaccines for restricted Emergency Use in India. What are the two COVID-19 Vaccines approved by DGCI for emergency use? COVAXIN and COVISHIELD What is COVAXIN? The COVAXIN is the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech and ICMR (Indian council of Medical ..

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COVAXIN of Bharat Biotech enters Phase III trials: Largest COVID-19 clinical trial of India

On November 16, 2020 the Bharat Biotech announced the commencement of Phase III trials of COVAXIN vaccines in India. The trials will involve 26,000 volunteers. It is to be held in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research. The trials are the largest clinical trials that is conducted for COVID-19 vaccine in the country. ..

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CHECK: World’s first CRISPR CaS-9 based diagnostic tool

Tata Medical and Diagnostics Ltd (TataMD) have unveiled “TataMD CHECK” which is a novel diagnostic testing for COVID-19. It is the world’s first CRISPR CaS-9 based diagnostic tool and is powered by FELUDA. CRISPR Cas-9 is a technology developed in India by CSIR- IGIB for COVID-19 testing. TataMD is the healthcare venture of Tata Group. ..

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India-Bangladesh sign MoU on COVID-19 Vaccine

On November 5, 2020, the Government of Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Serum Institute of India for priority delivery of 3 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses. This COVISHIELD Vaccines was developed by AstraZeneca and University of Oxford. Highlights According to the agreement, initially 1.5 crore people will be vaccinated as each person requires ..

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GoI issues rules to manage Mental Illness amid COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued guidelines to manage mental illness during COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines will help protect vulnerable patients and frontline health care workers. This is being done to reduce risk of COVID-19 exposure and protect patients against psychiatric disorders. Highlights The guidelines were issued based on the recommendation of Indian ..

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