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A health worker shows a box containing a bottle of Ivermectin in Cali, Colombia | Photographer: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Why Covid drug Ivermectin remains popular despite warnings & lack of evidence on efficacy

University of Oxford has launched a large study to investigate the use of Ivermectin for Covid-19 treatment, amid guidelines across the world, warning against the use of the drug. 

WHO team flags concerns over Sputnik V filling plant in Russia, firm claims issues addressed

Dr Reddy's Laboratories is in a pact with Russian Direct Investment Fund to sell the first 250 million vials of Sputnik V in India. It has already received nearly 3 million doses.
Dr Balram Bhargava, director general of the ICMR | Photo: ANI

Young children may not need Covid vaccines: ICMR chief tells MPs’ panel amid 3rd wave fear

Dr Balram Bhargava told the panel that ICMR is entitled to 5% royalty on sale price of Covaxin & said it could be possible to break chain of infection if 30% of people get even 1 dose.
A beneficiary gets the Covid vaccine in Chennai | Representational image | ANI

Even one dose of Covid vaccine effective in preventing death, says study on TN Police

Conducted by ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, the analysis uses data documented by Tamil Nadu Police department. It was published in Indian Journal of Medical Research.
A Philippine Army soldier observes motorcycle taxi drivers waiting in line at a Covid-19 drive-thru vaccination site set up at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila | Photographer: Veejay Villafranca | Bloomberg

Covid pandemic — Choose between shot & jail in Philippines, Turkish vaccine in phase 3 trials

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.
Healthcare workers prepare themselves to collect swab samples (Representative image) | PTI

Around 40 cases of Delta plus Covid variant reported in Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh

Health ministry Tuesday had announced the Delta variant as a 'variant of concern'. The three states have been advised to strengthen surveillance.
Representative Image | A BMC health worker collects swab sample of a passenger for Covid testing, at Dadar railway station in Mumbai on 22 June | PTI

No sufficient data on Delta plus, virulence unknown: Maharashtra Covid task force member

Task force member Shashank Joshi said there is no sufficient data on Delta plus variant of concern to be alarmed except that Covid appropriate behaviour & vaccination must continue.

India’s Covid tally crosses 3 crore-mark, 50,848 new cases reported

The death toll climbed to 3,90,660 with 1,358 fresh fatalities, while the recovery rate further improved to 96.56 %, as per health ministry data.
Representational image | Wokandapix from Pixabay

Men, boys made nearly 70% of calls to govt mental health helpline in 8 months, data shows

Govt's KIRAN helpline was started in September 2020. Until 31 May, report shows nearly 30,000 calls were received. Callers discussed issues related to anxiety, depression, job loss, etc.
A health worker shows a box containing a bottle of Ivermectin in Cali, Colombia | Photographer: Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Now, Oxford University to study Ivermectin as possible treatment for Covid

Initial preliminary studies have shown that Ivermectin can reduce viral load, the amount of virus in the respiratory tract, and the length of symptoms in people with mild infection.

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No, Virat Kohli needn’t imitate Ronaldo. He shows ‘more guts’ on and off the field

Whether it’s standing up for Steve Smith or breaking the mould of chauvinism over targeting of Anushka Sharma or giving up Pepsi contract, Virat Kohli has done it all.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Modi govt again urges OPEC+ to boost oil supply as rising fuel prices push inflation

It’s not the first time that India has voiced concern over OPEC’s output policy. In Jan, Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said OPEC's policy was 'creating confusion for consuming countries'.

Defence

Rajnath Singh at the Karwar Naval Base, reviewing the progress of ongoing infrastructure development under ‘Project Seabird’ | Twitter

Want Karwar naval base to be Asia’s biggest, will try & raise budget if necessary, says Rajnath

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who undertook an aerial survey of the Karwar naval base project, said India should aim to be among the top 3 naval powers in the world.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.