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Lab technicians produce Covid-19 diagnostic kits in a laboratory in Faridabad

Antibiotic Teicoplanin 10 times more effective than Covid drugs like HCQ, says IIT Delhi study

Teicoplanin is an FDA-approved glycopeptide antibiotic, which is regularly used for treating Gram-positive bacterial infections with low toxicity profile in humans.
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Covid vaccine to be widely available in the US by April, CDC chief says

About 700 million vaccine doses should be available by April. The vaccine candidates that are furthest along in development will need a two-dose regimen, CDC chief Redfield said.
A lab worker boxes up test tubes of patient samples in a virology research labs | Geert Vanden Wijngaert | Bloomberg

US FDA is setting a higher bar for emergency Covid vaccine approvals

FDA says it will need more robust data about how well a Covid vaccine works before granting an emergency waiver, building on guidelines that say it should be at least 50% effective.
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

Why big pharma needs to do more to counter Covid vaccine politics

9 Covid vaccine developers signed a pledge saying they won't submit their inoculations for Food & Drug Administration approval until they show safety & efficacy in late-stage trial.
A donor at Delhi's plasma bank, which was launched last Thursday | Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Convalescent plasma therapy holds promise, but here’s why scientists are still studying it

US approves emergency use of convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19, but studies conducted so far don't hold enough evidence to prove it works effectively and without risk. 
Plasma, the yellowish liquid part of the blood, could help in the recovery of critically ill Covid-19 patients | Representation image | Pexels

US FDA expands use of plasma therapy to treat Covid patients

The move will make it easier to receive the treatment, which Trump has promoted even though studies to prove its benefits haven’t been completed.
Plasma, the yellowish liquid part of the blood, could help in the recovery of critically ill Covid-19 patients | Representation image | Pexels

US drug authority could allow emergency use of plasma therapy for Covid-19, reveals report

While several clinical trials are underway across the world to test the efficacy of convalescent plasma therapy, the results from these studies are limited.
A sign instructs people to stay six feet away at a farmers' market in the Bronx borough of New York, U.S. | Photo: David Dee Delgado | Bloomberg

US FDA wants a coronavirus vaccine that really works

The new guidance sets out a broad set of potential trial goals, ranging from preventing severe disease to stopping infection outright.
A research associate works at the Moderna Therapeutics Inc. lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US | Bloomberg

Why America is unlikely to get a coronavirus vaccine before early 2021

While investors expected the first vaccine to arrive before November, analysts don't see a vaccine being approved before 2021 given FDA's guidelines.

US FDA revokes authorisation given for emergency use of HCQ to treat Covid

Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine ‘are unlikely to be effective in treating Covid-19’, the US Food and Drug Administration said.

On Camera

Security personnel guard a street during a strike call given by traders in protest against the extension of Central laws to Jammu and Kashmir and ban on Jamaat-e-Islami

Kashmiris like lawyer-activist Babar Qadri pay for the Valley’s silence on Jamaat-e-Islami

The extent of the conspiracy of silence is such that even leaders like Farooq Abdullah, who are hated by the Jamaat-e-Islami, oppose its ban.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.