Wednesday, February 8, 2023


Made-in-India Covid vaccine likely by early 2021, Zydus Cadila chairman Pankaj Patel says

In an interview to ThePrint, Panjak R. Patel, chairman of Zydus Cadila, says company has already manufactured clinical batches of the vaccine candidate for phase 1 and 2 trials.

In Delhi, rapid antigen tests fuel spurt in testing but false negatives a worry

Delhi government data shows 18% of negative rapid antigen results sent for follow-up RT-PCR tests came back positive.

Delhi’s RML Hospital short of 108 doctors, 328 nurses as it fights Covid fear & fatigue

184 healthcare workers associated with RML Hospital have tested Covid positive so far. Meanwhile, overworked doctors point out their casual leaves have been cancelled.   

Maharashtra plans app-based ambulance service like Uber, Ola

Maharashtra govt wants to outsource the entire process — from procuring GPS, GPRS technology, installing them in ambulances and maintaining them.

Easy, ‘do it at home’ saliva test to detect Covid-19 under trial in UK’s Southampton

In the four-week trial, participants send their samples every week for testing and their results are sent back within 48 hours.

‘Psychosocial, educational’ — Covid impact on children could go far beyond health, report says

A review article published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research noted that psychosocial effects of quarantine and lockdown may adversely impact children.

Ganga Ram Hospital waives Covid patient junior doctor’s Rs 4-lakh bill after father’s letter

Dr Joginder Choudhary's father, a farmer in MP, had written to Ganga Ram Hospital that he cannot afford the treatment cost. He had also written to Delhi govt for help.

Fingerprick antibody test with ‘98.6% accuracy’ could see mass rollout in UK by year-end

Once approved, UK government hopes to distribute the kits online for free rather than sell them through supermarkets, says a report in The Telegraph.

Covid community spread has started & situation is very bad, says Indian Medical Association

There are only 2 options to contain the disease — 70 per cent population contracts the virus and gets immune or getting an immunisation, Dr V K Monga, the Chairman of IMA noted.

Glenmark’s favipiravir under govt scanner for ‘false claims’, cost, DCGI seeks clarification

Complaint by MP to DCGI  also highlights that the cost proposed by Glenmark is ‘definitely not in the interest of the poor, lower middle class and middle-class people of India’.

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A jet flies by a suspected Chinese spy balloon as it floats off the coast in Surfside Beach, South Carolina, on Saturday | Reuters

Balloon crisis is all about China’s poor decision-making. India needs to...

There has been speculation that what happened in Galwan came at the behest of local Chinese commanders.
Representative Image | ANI

‘Need to see a decisive moderation in inflation’: RBI Governor on...

While overall inflation is moderating, high and persistent core inflation remains a worry, as does the uncertain global growth & inflation environment, the governor said.


A C-17 aircraft containing search and rescue equipment, along with NDRF teams left for Turkey on 7 February 2023 | Photo: Twitter/@MEAIndia

India ramps up aid to Turkey & Syria, Army sends 30-bed...

While the Army has dispatched an army field hospital along with 99 soldiers to Turkey, a plane full of medical supplies is being sent to Syria.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Market has won & now it’s for Adani to decide whether...

If the political establishment responds to a situation like this as if it’s something that must only play out between a corporate & the market, it's coming of age of Indian capitalism.