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Why Asia, the pandemic champion, remains miles away from the finish line

June 16, 2021 9:54 am

But with hundreds of millions of people still unvaccinated from China to New Zealand and with anxious leaders keeping international borders shut for the foreseeable future the tolerance for constrained lives is thinning, even as the new variants intensify the threat.

In China’s latest outbreak, Doctors say the infected get sicker, faster

June 14, 2021 11:17 am

Up to 12% of patients become severely or critically ill within three to four days of the onset of symptoms, said Guan Xiangdong, director of critical care medicine at Sun Yat-sen University in the city of Guangzhou, where the outbreak has been centered.

Taiwan says will be 'force for good' after unprecedented G7 support

June 14, 2021 8:24 am

The G7 leaders on Sunday scolded China over human rights in Xinjiang, called for Hong Kong to keep a high degree of autonomy and underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

WHO head urges G7 boost UN vaccination program

June 08, 2021 9:59 am

WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recently announced a target of vaccinating at least 10% of the population in every country by the end of September and 30% by year-end. 

Paramedical and nursing sector likely to get a boost in post-COVID era 

June 06, 2021 7:55 pm

Medical colleges may soon be allowed to run one additional course with an intake of 100 medical students, nurses could also be trained to prescribe 47 basic drugs. A one-year diploma course after MBBS for lab medicine and for ultrasound may be started.

WHO's new naming system for Covid-19 variants uses letters of the Greek alphabet

June 01, 2021 11:57 am

On May 12, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had issued an official statement that WHO has not associated the term “Indian Variant” with B.1.617— a VOC.

India supports calls for detailed WHO probe into Covid origin

May 29, 2021 3:39 am

There were growing demands by a number of countries including the US and Australia to investigate whether the virus originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 from an animal source or from a laboratory accident in December 2019.

Pfizer vaccine should be procured as soon as possible to vaccinate children: Arvind Kejriwal

May 27, 2021 12:34 pm

The US major has told Indian authorities that its vaccine is suitable for everyone aged 12 years or above and can be stored for a month at 2-8 degrees Celsius, sources had said.

B.1.617 COVID-19 variant, first detected in India, now found in 53 countries: WHO

May 27, 2021 11:55 am

WHO has declared B.1.617 as a "variant of concern" and the update noted that this variant has "increased transmissibility", disease severity is "under investigation", risk of reinfection is "under investigation, possible modest reduction in neutralization activity (B.1.617.1)".

Joe Biden orders review of COVID origins as lab leak theory debated

May 27, 2021 9:30 am

Intelligence agencies are considering two likely scenarios but still lack strong confidence in their conclusions and are hotly debating which is more probable, Biden said.


How pollution killed over 1 lakh children in 2016: News in Numbers

June 22, 2020 6:12 pm

Over 1.25 lakh children in India below the age of five died in 2016 due to the impact of polluted air and almost one in five children who die from toxic air exposure across the world is from India, a new study by the World Health Organisation has sai