Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Current Affairs, GK & News

Om: CSIR-CDRI RT-PCR kit for Omicron Variant

The scientists from ‘CSIR – Central Drug Research Institute’ have developed an indigenous RT-PCR kit called ‘Om’. This kit will be used to test the omicron variant. Highlights Om kit is the first kit developed by any government institution for the omicron variant. It will make India self-reliant in RT-PCR diagnostics. The team comprises Dr. ..

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Australia recognises India’s Covaxin

Australian Government has recognised Covaxin covid-19 vaccine of India on November 1, 2021. Highlights In India, Covaxin and Covishield are the two widely used vaccines. Australia had recognised Covishield, already. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia has recognised Covaxin as well as BBIBP-CorV vaccines for establishing a traveller’s vaccination status. Covaxin vaccine has been ..

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Covaxin approved for emergency use in 2–18-year-olds

The Subject Expert Committee on Covid-19 has approved the “emergency use” of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccine for children aged between 2-18 years old. Key Points Phase-2 and Phase-3 trials of the Covaxin vaccine by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech on children below the age of 18 years in the months of September. Trial data was submitted to ..

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‘Made in India’ drone used to transport COVID-19 vaccine

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya launched an initiative on October 4, 2021 to facilitate COVID-19 vaccine delivery using “made in India drones” in the tough & hard-to-reach terrains of Northeast. Key Facts For the purpose, ICMR has designed a delivery model called “Drone Response and Outreach in North East (i-Drone)”. This delivery model has been ..

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ICMR Report of the Hospital Based Cancer Registries 2021

Indian Council of medical research (ICMR) recently released its report titled “Clinicopathological Profile of Cancers in India: A Report of Hospital Based Cancer Registries, 2021”. The report provides data on cancer cases in India. It was prepared by ICMR- National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research, Bengaluru. Key findings of the report As per report, ..

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Centre to invest Rs 324 crore to expand lab testing infrastructure

42 virology research and diagnostic laboratories will be set up by the Central government. This will be set up under a central scheme during the period of 2021-22 to 2025-26. This project will cost Rs324 crore.   Highlights The scheme falls under the Department of Health Research (DHR) of the Indian Council of Medical Research ..

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