Sunday, 16 January, 2022
TopicMinistry of health and family welfare

Topic: ministry of health and family welfare

Even if Covaxin doesn’t meet efficacy mark, govt has no plan to re-vaccinate those taking it

Health ministry officials say there is no precedent for using a second vaccine, even as efficacy data is awaited on Bharat Biotech’s indigenous shot.

Medical colleges could reopen from 1 December with strict physical distancing norms

Medical colleges have been asked to keep a sufficient number of non-Covid beds to ensure students can be trained adequately.

With Covid vaccine coming, Modi govt tells states & UTs to boost ways to report side effects

India began ‘Adverse Events Following Immunisation’ surveillance on mother and child immunisation in 1988, but Covid has thrown up new challenges.

Rs 4,230.78 crore allocated to states for Covid management, Modi govt tells Rajya Sabha

Health ministry says in written response to MP’s questions that Tamil Nadu has received the highest funds, followed by Maharashtra, UP and Rajasthan.

Health ministry to upgrade Covid war room with Rs 18.31 cr from Asian Development Bank

Apart from the money, India has also asked Asian Development Bank to select technical experts to help analysis and data visualisation on Covid-19.

Modi govt cut red tape to hire 7 firms for Covid ‘war room’, but data-sharing questions remain

Health ministry RTI reply shows it invoked Disaster Management Act to act quickly, but data is being shared with KPMG, Cisco & Boston Consulting.

Global firms Abbott, Danone under Modi govt lens again for breaking law to promote baby food

Complaint by NGO Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India has accused Abbott and Danone of violating Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods Act.

Health ministry makes it clear — smoking and chewing tobacco increases Covid-19 risk

The ministry advisory comes three months after a non-peer-reviewed French study had claimed smokers are less likely to contract Covid-19.

India’s daily Covid deaths have more than doubled in 6 weeks, positivity rate too on the rise

Cause for concern, say experts, is age-wise break-up of deaths — 47% are those aged less than 60 years, and could be a very strong indicator that India is missing deaths among elderly.

Govt denying but India had Covid community transmission in April, health ministry paper says

Community transmission means spread of an illness without knowing the source of infection. Govt had last reiterated its denial on 11 June.

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RBI proposes changes to valuation of bank investments, relaxing of investment class rules

A Reserve Bank of India discussion paper Friday suggested removing caps on the Held-To-Maturity class of securities, and allowing more types of instruments to be held within them.

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A visual from the crash site in Tamil Nadu. | Photo: Twitter/ANI

CDS chopper crash was caused by weather change, leading to Controlled Flight Into Terrain: IAF

In Friday statement, IAF says tri-service Court of Inquiry ruled out mechanical failure, sabotage or negligence as cause of accident involving Mi-17 V5 helicopter last month.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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