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Remdesivir is an injectable drug | Representational image: Flickr

ICMR recalls statement that said WHO’s Solidarity Trial plans to continue testing remdesivir

Remdesivir, along with HCQ, lopinavir and interferon, have shown no benefits on Covid patients in WHO's multi-national Solidarity Trial.
Health Secretary Preeti Sudan | Photo: ANI | Twitter

Ex-health secy Preeti Sudan, who led Covid war, now on global panel for pandemic preparedness

The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response will submit its report in May 2021. Members of the panel will work remotely, without remuneration.
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Need stricter meat industry rules to prevent another Covid — 100 doctors write to Harsh Vardhan

The letter, by doctors who are part of a WHO initiative, seeks a ban on wet markets and closure of slaughterhouses that do not follow FSSAI guidelines.
Representational image. Shoppers maintain social distance while standing in a queue at Lake Mall, Kolkata after it reopened Monday. | PTI

Aerosol transmission can’t be ruled out, but droplets still biggest risk, says new WHO brief

WHO has issued a new 10-page brief on Covid transmission after over 200 scientists wrote an open letter asking for revision of airborne transmission advisories.
File photo | Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) | Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

US starts one-year clock to quit World Health Organization

In May, Trump had announced that US would leave the body because of 'undue deference to China' and failure to provide accurate information about Covid.
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Not sure if HCQ works but adverse effects don’t seem to be a problem, say Indian doctors

The anti-malarial drug HCQ was left out of the WHO Solidarity trial and the USFDA emergency use list this week. Doctors in India say they don’t see any major side-effects from its use.
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WHO says Covid transmission through asymptomatic patients ‘very rare’, experts disagree

Detailed contact-tracing of symptomatic individuals would be more effective in reducing transmission of the disease, WHO expert said.
President of China, Xi Jinping | Yorgos Karahalis | Bloomberg

China’s virus vaccine will be global public good, says Xi Jinping at WHO meet

Among the dozens of vaccine projects under way worldwide, China has five candidates already in human trials. More will enter such tests next month.
People at a residential society in Noida | Representational Image | Photo: Prem Singh | ANI

What it means for Covid to never go away and become endemic — like HIV, malaria, measles

The WHO has warned that the SARS-CoV-2 virus will not disappear and Covid-19 might become endemic, regularly occurring in humans.
File photo | Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) | Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

People living longer and healthier lives but Covid threatens to disrupt that: WHO report

The 2020 World Health Statistics Report says approximately 1 billion people would spend 10 per cent of their household budgets on health care in 2020.

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The river Ganga in Varanasi

Five reasons that are stopping Ganga from becoming clean

The bureaucracy is capable enough to prove to the govt that Ganga has been completely cleaned. But that, we know, would be far from truth.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

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A file photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the 2+2 dialogue in Washington in December 2019. | Photo: ANI

The 3 foundational agreements with US and what they mean for India’s military growth

Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, the last of the key foundational agreements between India & US, was signed Tuesday. LEMOA was signed in 2016 and COMCASA in 2018.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.