WHO approves Biological E Limited as additional manufacturing site for Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine

US Embassy in India congratulated Biological E. Limited, a Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical and vaccines company for getting approval from WHO as an additional manufacturing site for the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. “Congratulations to @biological_e on its @WHO approval as an additional manufacturing site for the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine! Great […]

Covaxin safe for children aged 2-18 years, says Bharat Biotech

Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) on Thursday announced that Covaxin, its whole-virion inactivated COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be safe, well-tolerated, and highly immunogenic in paediatric subjects in phase II/III study, said a press release. The study has been accepted and published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, a peer-reviewed high-impact factor […]

Covaxin booster shot enhances efficacy against Delta, Omicron variants of Covid-19: Study

A study showed that administration of Covaxin booster dose will enhance the vaccine effectiveness against the Delta variant infection and give protection against two Omicron variants of COVID-19. The study by ‘bioRxiv’, an open-access preprint repository for the biological sciences, shared on Tuesday that its study shows that administration of […]

SEC to discuss India’s first indigenously developed vaccine against cervical cancer

The first indigenously developed quadrivalent human papillomavirus (qHPV) vaccine against cervical cancer by the Serum Institute of India (SII) will be discussed by the Subject expert committee on Wednesday. The application for market authorization of the qHPV vaccine was submitted to the DCGI on June 8 by Prakash Kumar Singh […]

Russian Health Watchdog Detects Omicron Subvariant BA.4 in Population

 A more contagious subvariant of the COVID-19 Omicron strain has slipped into Russia, a senior official at the national consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said. Kamil Khafizov, the head of genome research at Rospotrebnadzor’s Central Research Institute for Epidemiology, told reporters that two national labs had submitted the viral genome of the BA.4 sublineage […]

WHO Covid-19 death estimates have no scientific basis: Expert

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVID-19 death estimates are based on modelling which has no scientific or epidemiological basis, claimed senior epidemiologist at AIIMS Delhi, Dr Sanjay Rai. “WHO gave an estimate on modelling, the basic epidemiological principle is ignored. During COVID-19, most predictions happened based on modelling and mostly failed. There […]

Health Ministry organises awareness programme across India on World Malaria Day

The Union Health Ministry on Monday organised various events across the nation to spread awareness around Malaria on the occasion of World Malaria Day. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya chaired an event themed “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives.” Mandaviya stressed the need to harness new […]