Covaxin & Covishield to be compared on different parameters

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said that the government will compare the coronavirus vaccines – Covishield and Covaxin on different parameters for the purposes of record keeping. Continue Reading

Sputnik V to proceed to phase 3 trials: Dr Reddy’s

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories on Monday said the Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) has recommended recruitment for the phase 3 clinical trials of Sputnik V vaccine for Covid-19. Continue Reading

Centre issues purchase orders for Covishield & Covaxin

The government of India on Monday issued purchase orders to Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech for their respective Covid-19 vaccines. Continue Reading

Trump extends H-1B freeze, Indian techies to be worst hit

US President Donald Trump has extended the freeze on the most sought-after H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas by three months to protect American workers, saying while therapeutics and Covid-19 vaccines are recently available, their effect on the labour market and community health has not yet been fully realised. Continue Reading

Vaccine rollout: Centre to establish clear communication strategy

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday released a communication strategy to support the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in India that seeks to disseminate accurate and transparent information by alleviating apprehensions and ensuring its acceptance. Continue Reading

WHO clears coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization says it has cleared the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, meaning poorer countries may soon get access to the shot already available in Europe and North America. Every country that has a drug regulatory agency will have to issue its own approval for any Covid-19 vaccine, but countries with weak systems usually rely on WHO to vet the shots. Continue Reading

Kamala Harris gets Moderna dose, urges everyone to follow

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has received the first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine live on television as part of efforts to build public trust in the inoculation and urged Americans to get vaccinated for the virus. Continue Reading

India to get Covid-19 vaccine anytime now: AIIMS Director

Terming the approval for Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for use in the UK as a ‘big step forward’, AIIMS Delhi Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that India will have the Covid-19 vaccine within days. Continue Reading

‘No evidence of vaccine inefficacy against new variant’

Covid-19 vaccines will work against new variants of the coronavirus and there is no evidence that current vaccines will fail to protect against the SARS-CoV-2 mutants reported from the United Kingdom or South Africa, the government said on Tuesday. Continue Reading