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Explained: In a tense year, India-China trade stayed robust
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

China got back to the top of India's trade partners' list in a year in which armies of the two countries remained locked in a tense standoff in eastern Ladakh.

Covid vaccination: Geared up for next phase, private hospitals await clarity
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

“We're waiting clarity from the government on the number of vaccines they'll give us. Once we get that (clarity), we intend to start with 15,000 vaccinations on day one and keep ramping up as required,” said Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd.

Tests on children: Expert panel asks Bharat Biotech to submit Covaxin efficacy data
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin received restricted use approval in an emergency situation on January 3 for use in those aged above 18. So far, the vaccine has been administered to healthcare and frontline workers “in clinical trial mode”.

Rs 7,325-crore PLI scheme to cover laptops, PCs, servers
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

The approval of PLI scheme for these hi-tech IT hardware gadgets comes after the Cabinet last week cleared a Rs 12,195 crore scheme for telecom equipment manufacturing.

Covaxin efficacy data in two weeks: Bharat Biotech
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

This would be the first time that the company would be able to provide clarity on how many symptomatic cases of Covid-19 its indigenous vaccine can prevent.

Phase 3 trials almost over, Dr Reddy’s seeks emergency use nod for Sputnik V
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

As part of the review process, DRL said it will present the safety profile of the phase 2 study conducted on Sputnik V as well as interim data of its ongoing phase 3 study, which it is expected to complete by February 21.

Explained: What Sputnik V’s emergency use application may mean for India
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has approached India's apex drug regulatory body for emergency approval of Sputnik V. The Indian Express looks at what this would mean for the country and its vaccination campaign against Covid-19.

Explained: Is discovery of the South African Covid-19 variant in India a matter of concern?
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

South Africa variant of Covid-19: What is this new strain and what does this mean for India's efforts to vaccinate its population against the novel coronavirus?

Uttarakhand: In terrain dotted with hydro projects, flood hits several
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

Sources said that while the civil structure survived the flood, at least a couple of gates of the spillway have been swept away. A boring machine was stuck inside a tunnel of the run-of-river plant, they said.

Explained: Why has Pfizer’s vaccine application for India been turned down for now?
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

The Subject Expert Committee under CDSCO that looked into Pfizer's proposal and presentation did not recommend that the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approve the application at present.

Expert panel turns down emergency use plea for Pfizer’s shot
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

The company says it will "continue to engage" with the authority and resubmit its approval request with additional information "as it becomes available in the near future."

If there is economic benefit, there has to be some taxation: Commerce Secy
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

Anup Wadhawan said the government disagreed with the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) findings that this equalisation levy was discriminatory against American firms.

Government looks at sharp capital expenditure hike
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Creation of National Monetisation Pipeline of potential brownfield infrastructure assets, setting up Development Financial Institution also in works

Self-reliance push: Duties hiked, ‘old exemptions’ to be reviewed
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

The government has reduced duties on raw materials and inputs used by domestic manufacturers across eight industries, including petrochemicals, textiles, metals and aviation, as a measure to “correct” inverted duty structures.

Budget 2021: Petrol, diesel, 15 other commodities attract cess to fund agri infra development
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

This restructuring or readjustment of rates has been done to ensure that consumers do not end up paying more for most of these products, Sitharaman said.

Covaxin is effective against UK variant, shows study: what this means for India
Thu, Jan 28, 2021

India has seen a rising number of cases of infection with the UK variant; on January 23, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that at least 150 people have tested positive for the mutant strain.

Covaxin could work against UK strain of Covid-19 — what it means for India
Thu, Jan 28, 2021

India has seen a rising number of cases of the UK strain, with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stating on January 23 that at least 150 people have tested positive for this mutant strain.

Explained: Early learnings from Israel’s Covid-19 vaccination strategy
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Israel began vaccinating its population on December 19 after procuring “hundreds of thousands” of vaccines for an undisclosed amount--reportedly a premium--from Pfizer and BioNTech.

Additional vaccines: Revise trial protocols, SEC tells drugmakers
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) under India’s apex drug regulatory body (CDSCO) has recommended that SII conduct its mid- to late-stage clinical trials (phase 2/3) “with placebo or other vaccine as the comparator for which justification is required”.

Explained: Understanding BBV154, Bharat Biotech’s single-dose intranasal Covid-19 vaccine
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

Intranasal vaccines, like Covid-19 vaccine BBV154, cut down on the need for syringes, needles and other components like alcohol swabs, as they are not injected.

Zydus Cadila starts enrolment for late stage vaccine trial
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

The trials are expected to take place at five sites across four cities — Surat, Nashik, Jaipur and Ahmedabad, according to information from the Clinical Trials Registry of India.

Covaxin delivery starts, ‘full initial procurement allotted’
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Along with the Serum Institute of India's Covishield, which was shipped out Tuesday, Covaxin will be part of the government's mass vaccination programme against Covid-19 starting Friday.

After Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech ships Covid vaccines to 11 cities
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

The Hyderabad firm said it had successfully shipped the first batch of the vaccines to Ganavaram, Guwahati, Patna, Delhi, Kurukshetra, Bangalore, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur, Chennai, and Lucknow.

Covid-19 vaccines hit the road, over 50 lakh doses shipped across India
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

The first consignment of 2.64 lakh doses of the vaccine took off for Delhi on a SpiceJet flight soon after 8 am, landing in the national capital a little before 10 am. A GoAir flight to Chennai and an Air India flight to Ahmedabad followed.

Serum Institute of India says signed deal for 11 mn doses; first covid vaccines could head to depots today
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

In Pune, SII officials said the consignments would be flown to the nearest airport and then driven to the depots. Some 60 locations, including in Maharashtra and Gujarat, and Chennai, are mentioned in the consignee list, the SII officials said.

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