Tuesday, 25 January, 2022

Topic: immunity

30% lose Covid immunity 6 months after 2nd jab, age a factor: Indian study on vaccine efficacy

Non-peer-reviewed study by Hyderabad’s AIG Hospitals & Asian Health Foundation focuses on these 30%. AIG head says 70% who retain antibodies can benefit from booster after 9 months.

Covid versus vaccine immunity — data on Pfizer shot kicks up great debate again

New data shows CDC erred in telling people that vaccine-induced immunity is better than that acquired from infection. But point of vaccine is to cut risk of infection in the first place.

80% Covid immunity lost in 6 months in some after second Pfizer vaccine dose, US study finds

The yet-to-be published study, by Case Western Reserve University and Brown University, studied blood samples of 120 nursing home residents and 92 health care workers.

3rd Covid wave fears should make Indians cut down on sugar, salt and alcohol

A single food or supplement won't boost your immunity overnight. A whole foods-based nutritious diet is crucial to maintaining optimal function of immune system.

Not vaccinated? Your child can still go back to school, says US infectious diseases expert

Dr Monica Gandhi, infectious disease specialist at University of California, says India will unlikely see a third wave since second wave would have caused natural immunity in many people.

Why an efficient vaccine is not the same thing as a safe vaccine

In ‘Covid-19: Separating fact from fiction’, Anirban Mahapatra chronicles the scientific progress made in understanding how Covid infects us & how we fight back.

Not all vaccines prevent infections. But you must still take the shot

In an ideal world, all vaccines would induce ‘sterilising immunity’ — completely stop the virus in its tracks.

US weighs immunity request for Saudi crown prince MBS in alleged assassination plot

The case accuses MBS of deploying operatives in the US to track down Saad Aljabri, a former high-level official, and then dispatching a team to murder him.

Vaccines not the only solution to Covid, past viral infections are key too

Three doctors who sat at lunch with a Covid-infected colleague in a Delhi hospital didn’t get infected. Once we know why, we’ll also know who to vaccinate.

The importance of Zinc in fight against Covid and what studies on the nutrient say

Association of zinc deficiency with severe Covid outcomes has probably labelled zinc as the second most important nutrient after Vitamin D that can help fight the virus.

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Representative image of Army | ANI

Central Vista, old army uniforms—why this year’s Republic Day parade is a source of pride

Days of Mughal or British glory are over. Central Vista is Indian govt's modern structure, and uniforms are sources of pride.
A Chinese flag being raised in the Lujiazui Financial District of Shanghai | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

India among Asian destinations for investors fleeing Chinese real estate debt crisis

Both Goldman Sachs & CreditSights consider Indian companies attractive. While the first recommends high-yield renewables, the latter considers financial firms to well shielded here.


File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.