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India's Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Chief Medical Advisor to White House Dr Anthony Fauci discussing India's Covid-19 crisis, on 5 May 2021 | Twitter/@SandhuTaranjitS

Envoy Sandhu meets Anthony Fauci for his ‘insights’ on Covid situation, vaccine efficacy

The meeting came a day after US' top public health expert Fauci termed India's Covid situation very desperate and suggested the govt marshal all its resources, including armed forces.
Unused ventilators at Sadar Hospital in Buxar | Photo: Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

Bihar’s Buxar is fighting Covid surge with ventilators that don’t work or are locked up

None of the 6 ventilators given last year from PM Cares fund is operational. Even before Covid, Buxar was dependent on Varanasi & Patna for treatments that required ventilator support.
Chinese President Xi Jinping talks to local residents at Jinyuan community in Guanshanhu District of Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, Feb. 4, 2021. | Photographer: Ding Haitao/Xinhua | Getty Images via Bloomberg

India’s Covid tragedy is a propaganda tool for Chinese State. Not even dead are spared

On Chinese platforms Sina Weibo and Baidu, official accounts have posted messages mocking scenes of funeral pyres at India's cremation sites.
File photo of RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das | ANI

‘Future is bright’: RBI opens Rs 50,000-cr funds tap for vaccine makers, hospitals, healthcare

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das says second Covid wave is not insurmountable, immediate priority is to protect lives and livelihoods, central bank will remain proactive.
A burial site with fresh graves in the Shahjahanpur kasba | Urjita Bhardwaj | ThePrint

1 Covid death in this UP village was followed by another 25. But official toll is silent

Doctors on the ground in Shahjahanpur say residents of the village are reluctant to get tested, though residents deny this. Local authorities admit to delayed test reports.

Death of Covid patients due to non-supply of oxygen ‘not less than genocide’: Allahabad HC

The high court also ordered probe into news reports circulating on social media regarding death of Covid patients due to lack of oxygen in Lucknow and Meerut districts.
An Air India aircraft | Pixabay

Will vaccinate all employees by month-end, says Air India after pilots’ body threatens stir

Indian Commercial Pilots Association had demanded vaccination camps across the country for the flying crew on a priority basis amid the second wave of the pandemic.
Outside LNJP hospital, family members grieve over the death of a relative | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India’s soul has been seared. Wounded spirits more damaging than the countless Covid deaths

It’s good that the Char Dham Yatra has been suspended. Vaishno Devi pilgrimage must also be called off. The gods will understand.
A vile of tocilizumab

Hetero Labs in Hyderabad seeks nod to make tocilizumab, key drug for Covid treatment in India

New Delhi: Hyderabad-based drug maker Hetero has submitted an application to start clinical trials and manufacture tocilizumab, a key drug being used in treatment of Covid patients in India, ThePrint learnt. While India is struggling with a devastating surge in Covid cases, it is also facing a shortage of tocilizumab, currently being used to treat critically ill Covid patients. Last week, the company submitted the application to conduct clinical trials to the country’s apex drug regulatory authority, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), which functions under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. “We have received the application of Hetero to start clinical trials and production of the drug in India,” said a senior government official from the Ministry of Health, who did not wish to be named. Confirming this, a spokesperson of Hetero told ThePrint: “It is true that we have asked for the approval of the clinical trial and manufacturing of...
Representational image. | Photo: ANI

Up to 530% spike in poll states, 152% after Holi — the big culprits in India’s new Covid wave

Experts say these superspreader events have been the main reason behind the surge in numbers during the ongoing second wave of the pandemic.

On Camera

Western press critical of Modi, so why is G-7 inviting him to UK summit?

Despite Modi’s hubris in declaring victory on the virus, the world recognises that the prime minister remains the tallest leader on the national landscape.
The Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu | ANI

India approaches US firms seeking investment in country’s pharmaceutical, medical sector

Last week, India's Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu held virtual meetings with top US pharma companies, including Pfizer, and said India is seeking to encourage investments.

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Representational image of a healthcare worker handling an oxygen cylinder | Photo: ThePrint

Delhi govt reduces Base Hospital’s oxygen allocation, Army says no need to panic

Due to shortage, less than 1 MT oxygen could be allocated to Base Hospital in Delhi Monday. Army has requested MoD for additional allocation & is also making arrangements on its own.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.