Sunday, 23 January, 2022

Topic: SARS-CoV-2

Omicron could replace other Covid variants, survive as common cold: Harvard immunologist Pillai

Harvard Medical School professor Dr Shiv Pillai says India’s third wave likely to subside by March, and suggests that the country’s response to the pandemic was a mixed bag.

Covid spilling over to free-ranging animals? Dead leopard cub had Delta, didn’t die of it

Case was detected at a time when infection levels had dropped significantly in humans, says 12 January report by scientists from Indian Veterinary Research Institute.

Most of Covid virus ‘inactivated’ in minutes, says UK study on aerosol risk at short distance

Infectivity falls drastically within a few seconds to minutes of aerosol generation, according to a study by researchers from the University of Bristol, yet to be peer-reviewed.

Booster dose of Covishield can increase antibody levels against Omicron, Oxford study says

Antibody levels against Omicron were higher in people who had taken a 3rd Covishield dose than in people who’d had other Covid variants, found a preprint study by Oxford researchers.

Cough or fever first? Covid variants can make symptoms appear in different order, US study says

Symptom order can change with mutations in the virus, finds a study by researchers from the University of Southern California, published in 'PLOS Computational Biology'.

Days after suggesting booster dose, govt body’s U-turn: ‘More scientific scrutiny needed’

INSACOG’s U-turn, which mirrors the government’s stance, comes at a time when India’s Omicron case count has jumped to 12.

Booster dose of 6 Covid vaccines is safe, increases immunity, shows study in Lancet

The study looked at safety, immune response and side-effects of seven vaccines — Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Novavax, Janssen, Moderna, Valneva and Curevac.

Covaxin was 50% effective among health workers in 2nd wave, real-world study from AIIMS shows

Study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases journal assessed 2,714 hospital workers from AIIMS New Delhi, who were most exposed to Covid and were primarily offered Covaxin.

AY.12 — the new sublineage of Delta variant circulating in India, Israel

AY.12 is, at present, the most dominant strain in Israel — 51% of samples studied have shown the prevalence of this variant. In India, the first sample of AY.12 was found on 7 Sep 2020.

Coronavirus mutated same amount during pandemic as humans since Homo habilis walked earth

Mutations are the ultimate engine of evolution and provide the raw material for natural selection to act.

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File photo of students protesting against the reservation in Bandra | Representational image | ANI Photo

Indian drawing room talk on ‘merit’ stands demolished by Supreme Court NEET ruling

Supreme Court's explanation on the constitutional validity of OBC quota in NEET rejects commonly held views of dominant castes who are blind to India's social realities.
A visual representation of the digital Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin alongside US dollars | Photo: Dan Kitwood | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Joe Biden administration set to put itself at centre of US cryptocurrency policy

An executive order is being drafted which will soon set in place a govt strategy empowering US federal agencies to assess risks and opportunities posed by the digital assets.


German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach | Twitter: @chiefdeunavy

China ‘not that nice country’, giving money to dictators & killers: German Navy chief in India

Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach later issued a clarification, saying comments were his 'personal view' and not German defence ministry's, and expressing them was a 'mistake'.

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.