National Institute of Virology (NIV)

Centralised Laboratory Network (CLN)

India has recently become a member of the Centralized Laboratory Network (CLN), a global collaboration aimed at testing vaccines during pandemic and epidemic disease outbreaks. The CLN, which is part of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), consists of ..

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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 ..

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What is Kyasanur Forest Disease?

Recently, researchers found a new point-of-care test to be highly sensitive for rapid diagnosis of Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) which is emerging as a new public health problem & challenge in India. Point-of-care tests The point-of-care tests has been developed ..

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Triple Mutant Variant

As India is struggling to battle COVID-19 crisis, a triple mutant variant strain of COVID-19 has emerged as a fresh threat. It is also called the “Bengal Variant”. The triple mutant variant has been identified in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Delhi ..

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WHO: UK Variant of COVID-19 in 41 countries

The World Health Organisation recently announced that the United Kingdom covid-19 variant has been detected in more than 41 countries. The VOC-202012/01 the was first detected in South Africa. This variant is 70% more transmissible than the other covid-19 mutants. Has VOC-202012/01 ..

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COVID-19: ICMR develops “Purified Antisera” as treatment

The Indian Council of Medical Research along with Hyderabad based Biological E has developed “Purified Antisera”. The antiserum has been obtained from animals. This is to be used as a prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19. Highlights The new therapy works ..

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