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A laboratory technician collects vials of patient swabs during coronavirus detection testing at a laboratory

WHO now halts trials of anti-HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir as possible Covid treatment

WHO said it will stop the trials of the HIV drug combo as part of its Solidarity Trial after it showed little impact on hospitalised Covid-19 patients.
The serological survey in the national capital | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Door-to-door Covid survey ‘not suitable’ for entire Delhi: Report calls for change in strategy

1 July report by Union health ministry & other agencies sets out new parameters, such as partial survey of 421 containment zones, areas with isolated cases.
Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Covid is making us forget those with acute and chronic health conditions

There has been a decline in new cancer diagnoses, while people living with a rare disease have suffered interruptions in clinical care due to the lockdown.

How ‘overburdened’ anaesthesiologists are silently leading India’s Covid battle

Anaesthesiologists are at forefront of crisis, handling workload in ICUs & Covid wards even as they face increased risks due to specific nature of their work.
Representational image | Covid-19 testing in Bengaluru | ANI

Covid testing numbers on rise, but states are feeling the pinch of high RT-PCR costs

States have 'informally' flagged costs of the gold-standard RT-PCR test, for which the reagents alone for 10,000 tests cost nearly Rs 1 crore.
A recovered Covid-19 patient donates plasma at Delhi's new plasma bank, located at the Institute of Liver & Biliary Sciences, Thursday | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Families of Covid patients, doctors hope Delhi plasma bank will end frantic donor search 

Finding plasma donors has proved a tough prospect because donations depend on certain conditions. Also, many recovered Covid patients have been reluctant to donate. 
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CanSino, Moderna, Novavax: A list of Covid vaccines under clinical trials across the world

At least 129 Covid-19 vaccines are in the preclinical stage, while 18 are currently being tested on human volunteers.
A research associate works at the Moderna Therapeutics Inc. lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US | Bloomberg

Researchers led by Indian scientists develop electricity-free centrifuge for Covid testing

The cheap centrifuge can be assembled using readily available components for a cost less than $5 per unit.
Social activist Baljinder Singh Jindu posted the video on Facebook

Bought for Rs 9, sold at Rs 108 — uproar in Punjab as activist reveals ‘big chemist profits’

Baljinder Singh Jindu’s ‘expose video’ has earned them the wrath of the state’s chemists and a Punjab govt probe, and many supporters too.
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‘Meant to cut red-tape, not scientific rigour’ — ICMR defends bid to fast-track Covid vaccine

Referring to the row over vaccine release date, ICMR says the best of India’s medical professionals & research scientists should not be second-guessed for their professionalism.

On Camera

File photo | An employee inspects a godown of Food Corporation of India (FCI) where rice bags are being stored during a nationwide lockdown, in Srinagar | PTI

FCI has highest rice, wheat stock since 2005. Modi govt continuing legacy of bad economics

It is clear from the rising stock of rice and wheat that the government has been buying more from farmers than what it requires during a pandemic.
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Modi govt drops plan to merge 3 state-owned general insurance companies

Decision to merge the 3 companies — National Insurance Co Ltd, United India Insurance Co Ltd, and Oriental Insurance Co Ltd — ahead of their proposed listing was announced in 2018 budget.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

There’s ‘thinning down’ of Chinese troops at Finger 4 at Pangong lake, but no pullback yet

India-China disengagement at Pangong lake will be a focus area in the next round of military talks at the corps commander level. 
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.