Wednesday, 25 May, 2022

Topic: COVID-19

Monkeypox doesn’t pose Covid-sized threat, no reason to panic

There are uncertainties about this outbreak to iron out, but all the pieces are in place to study, treat and ultimately contain monkeypox infections.

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.

China wants to restrict travel further, another Covid-Zero excess

As most of the world shifts to living with the virus, Beijing's stubbornness is harming its citizens.

Reform WHO to build more resilient global health architecture, says Modi at world Covid summit

The Prime Minister told participants that India’s vaccination programme was the largest in the world, ‘we can produce 5 billion doses this year’.

China risks 1.6 million deaths if Covid Zero policy abandoned, says Chinese university study

The peer-reviewed study, published in the journal Nature, found that immunity induced by China’s vaccination campaign in March would be 'insufficient' to prevent an Omicron wave.

In rebuttal to WHO, Modi govt claimed 99.9% deaths registered. NFHS-5 pegs 2019-21 figure at 71%

NFHS-5 India report, based on fieldwork done from 2019 to 2021, was released Thursday. It gives death registration level as 83% for urban, 66% for rural households.

WHO estimates over 47.4 lakh excess deaths in India in 2021, Modi govt questions data again

WHO’s new estimates show full death toll associated directly or indirectly with Covid pandemic across the world between 1 Jan 2020 and 31 Dec 2021 was approximately 1.49 crore.

‘Covid is not fully gone, remain alert,’ Modi tells state heads after rise in cases

The Prime Minister asked chief ministers to scale up infrastructure; said children should get vaccines at the earliest.

Drug patented in 1960s can halve recovery time in mild & moderate Covid cases, study finds

Citing the findings of a clinical trial involving 200 patients, a team of researchers has urged the Health Ministry to include antiviral drug Indomethacin in the country's Covid treatment protocols.

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US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and US President Joe Biden at the Quad Summit, in Tokyo, Tuesday | ANI

Quad action against ‘illegal fishing’ may also target China’s Indo-Pacific ‘political activities’

Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness will use advanced & integrated satellite imagery & technology to combat illegal fishing & 'dubious operations' of Chinese maritime militia.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.