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A technician doing an experiment in University of Hong Kong | Paul Yeung | Bloomberg

Next 3 months will see a flood of new data on Covid vaccines and treatments

The third quarter will see an increased focus on drug developers like Pfizer and BioNTech, that have begun showing promising results with their vaccine trials.
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Amsterdam to clean up sex-and-drugs tourism in post-virus reboot

Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema has laid out a plan that strikes a better balance between visitors and locals in its city center.

These are the 4 pieces of good news on coronavirus this week

Long before Covid-19, scientists at University of North Carolina & Gilead began developing Remdesivir in anticipation of a new coronavirus epidemic.
A pharmacy in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal

India could avert medicine shortage as bulk drugs start arriving from coronavirus-hit China

While major supply has started arriving through sea, some cargoes 'airlifted' by the government on behalf of pharma companies have also started coming in.
A bhang shop in Jaisalmer (Representational Image) | Flickr

How bhang became such an integral part of Holi

The festival of colours has long been associated with getting high. What's the connection?
Medicines | Representational image | Pexels

Modi govt restricts exports of common drugs on fear of coronavirus shortages

The drugs include over-the-counter painkiller and fever reducer paracetamol and finished pills that include it.
People in masks outside the Shanghai railway station

Govt to fly raw material from coronavirus-hit China for Cipla as shortage fears continue

There are fears that supply of essential medicines — including for HIV & cancer — may dwindle if supply chains in coronavirus-hit China don’t normalise soon. 
Aspirin tablets

What are APIs and how they threaten India’s status of a ‘pharmacy to the world’

Despite being a leading supplier of medicines to several countries, India is highly dependent on China for raw materials even to produce medicines as basic as Crocin.
Drugs in India

Prices of Paracetamol, other bulk drugs jump as coronavirus crisis stokes fear of shortage

The price rise won't affect consumers since pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to push up prices of key drugs by more than 10% per year.
Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta (second from left) at the press conference Friday

Two Chinese drones used to ‘smuggle drugs’ to Pakistan seized, Army Naik arrested

Police say drones were being launched from the Indian side to fly into Pakistan to pick up payloads of narcotics. No drugs have been recovered yet from those arrested.

On Camera

Rhea Chakraborty with Sushant Singh Rajput | @Tweet2Rhea | Twitter

Indians find the perfect villain in Rhea Chakraborty. It says more about India than her

Since the FIR against Chakraborty, it is as if the entire country has collectively turned into a giant investigating agency-cum-court.
A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

Women recruits at the Corps of Military Police Centre and School in Bengaluru

Army begins process to recruit second batch of 100 women soldiers for military police

Army intends to induct 1,700 women recruits in the military police by 2036, increasing the percentage of women in the cadre to 20 over 17 years.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.