Saturday, 20 August, 2022
TopicDr Balram Bhargava

Topic: Dr Balram Bhargava

Covid a ‘very pretty virus’ — ICMR DG Balram Bhargava recollects early pandemic days in India

The status of approving vaccination in children is still under consideration but there are concerns over side effects, Bhargava says at ThePrint’s Off the Cuff. 

Why India finally scrapped plasma as Covid treatment, 7 months after ICMR said it doesn’t work

ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava had revealed plans to take plasma therapy off the possible treatments’ list in October, but Indians kept scrambling to arrange it.

‘Worried about Maharashtra’: Govt says state has 8 of top 10 districts with most Covid cases

Two states with highest active Covid cases, Kerala & Maharashtra, are showing divergent trends. In last one month, cases in Kerala almost halved but Maharashtra showed an explosive spurt.

Covaxin approved as it’s more likely to act against mutant Covid strain, says ICMR chief

In an interview, ICMR chief Balram Bhargava addressed questions that have been raised about the approval granted to Covaxin in the absence of efficacy data.

ICMR chief Balram Bhargava tests positive for Covid, admitted to AIIMS

Dr Balram Bhargava has been a regular at the weekly Covid-19 briefings, and has been one of the three key technocrats in this government’s Covid strategy.

ICMR’s chequered role in Covid pandemic — from 15 August vaccine deadline to plasma flip-flop

India’s apex medical research organisation has been accused of straying from path of science to take questionable stands, often with undertone of ‘nationalism’.

Wear masks while exercising, says ICMR chief — his own ministry advises otherwise

ICMR director general Balram Bhargava says emerging data shows that masks don’t alter blood oxygen levels and so should be worn while exercising & walking.

ICMR denies sero survey hushed up data showing up to 48% Covid reach in hotspots in May

The ICMR clarification came after a report that team behind sero survey was asked to either hold it back or remove data on containment zones.

Reverse migration of workers led to an increase in number of Covid cases, says ICMR chief

In an article written for the first edition of an ICMR newsletter, e-Samvaad, Balram Bhargava also noted that the novel coronavirus has affected poor people the most.

‘Taskmaster, skilled administrator, impulsive’ — ICMR’s Bhargava who wanted vaccine by 15 Aug

Dr Balram Bhargava’s letter expediting Covid vaccine trials was slammed, but current & ex-colleagues highlight both his ‘impetuosity’ & ‘impeccable integrity’.

On Camera


Sir Ganga Ram hospital Consultants, Residents and DNB students hold placards during a protest in New Delhi, on 30 December 2021 | PTI

Distrust of Indian doctors isn’t new. Class-caste bias always ruled medical profession

As a practising doctor, I discovered large question marks on claims of a trustful patient-doctor relationship in the past. The routine dehumanisation of underprivileged patients remains a rarely mentioned topic.
Farmers plant paddy saplings in a field | PTI Photo

Good news from the farm as India’s FY22 foodgrain production estimated at record 316 mn tonnes

Wheat production estimate sees marginal upward revision to 106.8 million tons, though current rate lowest in 3 years.


Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

IAF operation underway to rescue Italian mountaineer stranded on Mount Nun in Ladakh

The IAF deployed its ‘Cheetah’ helicopter to rescue mountaineer Federico Nicoli. Mount Nun is the second highest peak in the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh.
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Tiranga vs Tiranga: Gloves are off as Kejriwal joins the ‘nationalism’ battle with Modi

Kejriwal’s maun vrat on Modi has ended. This is an important turn in Indian politics. In some ways rivalling the dramatic turn in Bihar.