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A donor at Delhi's plasma bank, which was launched last Thursday | Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

ICMR says no, but here’s why doctors are still keen on plasma treatment for Covid patients

The ICMR chief has said plasma therapy could be removed from the Clinical Management Protocols for Covid. But doctors continue to prescribe it saying it produces genuine results.
A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs at UZ Leuven university hospital in Leuven, Belgium | Bloomberg Photo

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.
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Modi govt panel seeks ‘justification’ from US firm to test blood thinner in mild Covid cases

Blood thinners are used to prevent and treat blood clots and have shown efficacy in the treatment of moderate to severely ill Covid patients.
AstraZeneca sells the drug Acalabrutinib under the brand name Calquence | Image: ThePrint Team

ICMR recommends dropping Interferon, adding cancer drug Acalabrutinib to WHO Solidarity trial

ICMR has submitted a proposal to the Modi govt recommending the cancer drug developed by AstraZeneca, which apparently improved clinical outcomes of patients with severe Covid-19.
The administration of plasma therapy at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi. | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Here is why the ICMR study that found plasma therapy ineffective on Covid is being questioned

ICMR did not look for presence of neutralising antibodies, which fight off infection, as tests to detect their presence were unavailable when the study was launched in April.
Covid

If you have Covid, this is what you and your doctor should watch out for

In addition to knowing symptoms, it’s a good idea to have a Covid plan for all members of your family.
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Remdesivir, HCQ, lopinavir & interferon have no effect on Covid patients — Solidarity trial

In a paper on the interim findings on the four drugs, WHO's Solidarity trial researchers in 30 countries return a clear negative.
The Innovation Plaza building on the Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. campus in Hyderabad (representational image) | Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Dr Reddy’s potential cancer drug shows promise against Covid, gets nod for phase 3 trial

The drug was tested on 40 patients during phase 2 trials. But, the govt’s expert panel found the sample size ‘inadequate’ to approve the drug for marketing in India.
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Moscow’s students to replace older teachers, rural Kansas struggling and other Covid news

As the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of letting up, ThePrint highlights the most important stories on the crisis from across the globe.
A medic in PPE collects samples for Covid-19 tests in Bengaluru on 25 August 2020 | PTI

US reports first case of Covid reinfection with more severe symptoms second time

Lancet notes the patient tested negative twice between the two positive tests & also highlights significant genetic variation in the two strains of the novel coronavirus.

On Camera

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

Turkey waging new war of economic liberation, says Erdogan after country’s currency falls

Erogan's speech follows the Turkish lira weakening to a record low of 8.3849 per dollar on Friday.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.