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In depth: What is the COVAX programme and why is it important?

Recently, the chief of the World Health Organisation (WHO) thanked India for supporting vaccine equity. Through committing to COVAX,  India is helping more than 60 countries to start vaccinating their health workers and other priority groups. So what is this COVAX programme?  The Mission Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, is a global initiative […]

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World in stress due to new mutant Covid strain

Even as the world was ready to take a sigh of relief, a new variant of Covid virus has left countries in a tizzy. The new SARS-CoV-2 variant was revealed to be the reason behind the rapid surge in Covid-19 cases in South and East England. It is being referred to as VUI (Variant Under […]

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Move over Ironman and Captain America, Marvel has a new superhero!

It’s true that all heroes don’t wear capes, some of them wear scrubs. And the creators of superhero series are all ready to salute such heroes. So this year when Coronavirus has overtaken everything else, Ironman, Superman and Captain America can take a break as the real-life superheroes are steadily at work.  The health care […]

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UK to go public with Covid 19 vaccine

Even as the world grapples with a second wave of Covid 19 infections, there’s a glint of good news during this festive season. The UK has become the first country in the world to approve a vaccine against Coronavirus. The Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been tested and would be ready to go public next week.  […]

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This 14 YO Indian American may have just discovered potential Covid treatment

Anika Chebrolu, a 14-year-old from Texas, has won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work on a potential drug to treat COVID-19. The seventh grader would receive $25,000 (approximately Rs 18,61,000) as prize money.  Anika found a molecule that can attach to a protein on the new coronavirus. This could stop the virus […]

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Covid 19: World panics under second wave

Even as all the eyes are peeled on the US Presidential Elections, the world has been battling another vicious campaign affecting our health. After weeks of respite, many countries went back to lockdown — some are following much stricter rules this time — in view of the second wave of Coronavirus infections.  The Chinese city […]

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Covid 19: He scorned it, now he has it

After months of undermining the effects and dangers related to Coronavirus, the US president Donald Trump declared that he was diagnosed with the infection last week. However, despite being still under treatment, he returned to White House and started working as usual. The US First Lady Melania Trump too has been diagnosed with the virus.  […]

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IIT designs surfaces to prevent coronavirus

It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and Covid 19 has forced us to invent novel ways to adapt to the virus.  Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati have developed methods to detect and prevent the novel coronavirus. They use bio-interface interactions between the virus and the surface spike protein. […]

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Covid 19: India is the new global hotspot; Oxford vaccine sees a hurdle

India has emerged as the global hotspot for Coronavirus infections with the number of cases crossing 4 million. The senior experts are not denying the possibility of a second wave of infections even as the country could not swim through the first wave. India surpassed Brazil to become the second-most Covid 19 infected country after […]

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India sees surge, many nations may witness second wave

India witnessed the highest one-day recorded Covid 19 infections with more than 80,000 cases. The country is reaching 4 million cases soon and there’s no sight of relief.  While Pune overtook Mumbai and Delhi as the new hotspot, other cities too have been witnessing a rise in numbers as lockdown rules get eased. Though the […]