Thursday, 11 August, 2022

Topic: BCG

11 papers by JNU scientist & BJP candidate Das flagged for ‘manipulation’, he blames politics

Gobardhan Das, a professor at JNU's Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, claims people are trying to pull him down ever since he applied for a directorship position at a 'big institute'.

Why poorer nations have low Covid deaths per million as compared to richer countries

In episode 651 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta looks at data on Covid fatalities. He also shares findings of a peer-reviewed research paper on India’s low fatality.

ICMR data shows BCG vaccine raises immune response in elderly, could protect against Covid

NIRT study did not specifically look at whether BCG vaccine offers protection against Covid, but it found enhanced adaptive & innate immune response in elderly.

Peer-reviewed JNU study among 2 that link BCG & Covid again, but some experts not convinced

Two peer-reviewed studies have shown a pattern of reduced mortality from Covid among BCG-vaccinated countries, but epidemiologists don’t think evidence is strong

Authentic numbers are absent, Covid-19 crisis has exposed India’s data-ignorance

Dharavi Covid numbers can be correlated with the BCG vaccination programme but there has been no effort in India to analyse this data.

JNU prof says he was first to suggest BCG vaccine trials for Covid-19 but was ‘turned down’

Professor Gobardhan Das said he had emailed Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and the ICMR with the suggestion in March. Govt announced the trials in mid-April.

We need to take a break from real-time updates on the Covid vaccine trials. BCG is a far cry

The euphoria around BCG vaccine is quite like the one associated with HCQ. We hope that both pass the test, but until then social distancing is our only answer.

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File photo of Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu | By special arrangement

Shut since 2018 violence, TN Sterlite plant’s closure cost economy Rs 14,749 cr, says study

Copper plant in Thoothukudi was closed after protests turned violent & police firing left 13 people dead. Job losses one of major impacts, says study by NGO CUTS International.


Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.