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Tag: Indian Council Of Medical Research

ICMR Grants Permission For Drone Trial To Deliver Vaccine
ICMR Grants Permission For Drone Trial To Deliver Vaccine

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has granted permission for conducting feasibility study of Covid-19 vaccine delivery using drones in collaboration with IIT Kanpur. In a statement,…

COVID19 2nd Sero Survey: ICMR Shares Major Findings

New Delhi: The key findings of the second round of sero-survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) suggested that India had 87 million Covid-19 patients by the end of August. Sharing the details during the weekly press briefing of the Union Health Ministry on on Tuesday, ICMR Director-General Balram Bharghav said that […]

ICMR Releases List Of Antibody Detection Kits To Be Used For Sero-Surveys

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research has released a validated list of IgG ELISA kits to be used for sero-surveys to understand the proportion of the population exposed to COVID-19 including asymptomatic individuals. The IgG ELISA kits are the first indigenous antibody detection kits for coronavirus. The apex health research body has so […]

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No Major Side-Effects Of HCQ, Should Be Continued As COVID-19 Preventive Treatment: ICMR

New Delhi: No major side-effects of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) have been found in studies in India and its use should be continued in preventive treatment for COVID-19, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Tuesday. The ICMR’s statement came against the backdrop of the World Health Organization (WHO) suspending the testing of the drug […]

Intelligent Testing Strategy For Being 'Ahead Of Virus': ICMR

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research on Monday said that India developed an Intelligent Testing Strategy to remain ‘ahead of the virus’ by developing testing infrastructure that is laboratories and other means of testing. According to ICMR, the country now has a capacity of testing 2 lakh samples per day. “India now has […]

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Took HCQ after valet tested Covid-19 positive, says Donald Trump

New York: President Donald Trump says he began taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) “as a frontline defence” after his valet and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary tested positive for COVID-19. After the two of them tested positive, “I thought, you know, from my standpoint, not a bad time to take it, because we had the combination […]

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States can get rapid testing kits from 13 ICMR-validated firms

Nagpur: State governments can now directly procure rapid antibody test kits from the 13 validated Indian companies to carry out surveillance testing for COVID-19, Centre informed the Bombay High Court on Tuesday. Earlier, these kits had to be procured through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Justice R B Deo of the HC’s Nagpur […]

ICMR Revises COVID-19 Testing Strategy, Migrants With ILI Symptoms Will Be Tested Within 7 Days

New Delhi: Revising its strategy for COVID-19 testing, ICMR said on Monday that returnees and migrants who show symptoms for influenza-like illness will be tested for coronavirus infection within seven days of ailment and stressed that no emergency clinical procedure, including deliveries, should be delayed for lack of testing. The Indian Council of Medical Research […]

ELISA Kits Produced By Zydus Cadila Has 98% Sensitivity: ICMR

New Delhi: Four days after successfully developing the first indigenous anti-SARS-CoV-2A (COVID-19) human IgG ELISA test kit for antibody detection of the deadly virus, the ICMR on Thursday said that the first batch of the ELISA kits produced by Zydus Cadila has similar sensitivity and specificity of 98.7 per cent and 100 per cent, respectively. […]

ICMR To Study Prevalence Of Asymptomatic COVID-19 Infected People To Check For Community Spread

New Delhi: Amid a spurt in COVID-19 cases, apex health research body ICMR has decided to conduct a study in 75 affected districts across the country to identify people who were exposed to the novel coronavirus infection and yet showed mild or no symptoms. The study can help ascertain whether there has been community transmission […]

ICMR Deploys IBM Watson Assistant To Empower Frontline Testing Facilities

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has collaborated with tech giant IBM to bring its Artificial Intelligence-powered Watson virtual assistant on its portal to respond to queries from front-line staff and data entry operators across the country on COVID-19. The virtual agent has been deployed on protected pages of the ICMR website […]

ICMR Asks States To Stop Using Antibody Kits From Two Chinese Firms

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research on Monday directed states to stop using rapid antibody test kits procured from China-based Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics after their results showed wide variations. The statement came several states raised concerns over the performance of tests during the exercise that they undertook. Following the […]

ICMR Asks States To Stop Using Chinese COVID19 Rapid Test Kits

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), here on Tuesday, asked states to stop the use of Chinese COVID-19 rapid testing kits for at least two days as they were giving inaccurate results. Addressing the media, ICMR Chief Scientist Raman Gangakhedkar said, “We had received complaints from one state on Monday. On Tuesday, […]

Corona death count reaches 339
COVID19: ICMR Bats For Oxford Vaccine, WHO Lists 3 More As Frontrunners

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Sunday said that a candidate vaccine called ChAdOX1 a” being developed by researchers at the University of Oxford — is the frontrunner in the race to take on the deadly COVID-19 virus which has infected over 23 lakh people globally, killing over 1.60 lakh people. […]

India received 5 lakh rapid COVID-19 testing kits from China: Health Ministry

New Delhi: India has received the much-awaited five lakh rapid COVID-19 testing kits from China and these are not meant for early diagnosis of the disease rather for monitoring whether coronavirus hotspots in India are increasing or showing a declining trend, the government said on Thursday. Addressing a daily briefing on COVID-19 situation in the […]

Coronavirus in bats affecting humans is rare: ICMR

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Wednesday said that coronavirus in bats affecting humans is a rare incident, maybe, once in a thousand years. Responding to a question asked by IANS at the daily media briefing of ministries about coronavirus pandemic, Head Scientist of ICMR Dr Raman Gangakhedkar said that the […]

Now, ICMR to go for Covid-19 therapeautic trial with WHO

New Delhi: India will participate in the WHO’s multi-country “solidarity trial” for developing potential treatments and drugs for COVID-19 (coronavirus), apex health research body Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Friday. The decision came as the country reported 2,547 cases of the coronavirus infection, including 62 deaths so far. “ICMR will collaborate with […]

ICMR answers FAQs about Coronavirus

New Delhi: Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) about novel coronavirus or COVID-19 by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which will dispel many myths and bring out facts about out the deadly virus. Here’s a quick look. 1. Are patients with heart disease, diabetes or hypertension at increased […]

JNU inks pact with ICMR for educational collaboration

New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) signed an MoU with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday for institutional collaboration in education and research. JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said the main objectives of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) were to promote and enhance interactions and collaborations between the faculty, staff and […]

Antibiotic resistance key area for US-India ties: Juster

Kolkata: Describing antibiotic resistance as one of the most important global health issues, a US envoy on Monday said it was a key area for US-India collaboration. “Antibiotic resistance is one of the most important global health issues of our times. Global cooperation to tackle antimicrobial resistance is essential and is a key area for […]

Health Ministry to set up permanent multi-disciplinary group to look into AES/JE cases

New Delhi: As Bihar grapples with Acute Encephalitis Syndrome that has claimed 106 lives so far, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Tuesday decided to constitute a permanent multi-disciplinary group of experts at the Centre to monitor and formulate measures to be taken up in the event of such an outbreak. The central group will comprise […]

ICMR head Swaminathan appointed WHO Deputy Director General

United Nations: Soumiya Swaminathan, the head of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), has been appointed Deputy Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was elected this year to head the Geneva-based organisation, announced her appointment on Tuesday morning. A leading medical researcher and health policy expert, Swaminathan […]

Find out if plastic containers pollute medicines: Govt to ICMR

New Delhi: The Centre has asked the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct a detailed study to assess if there is any leaching from plastic bottles into liquid medicine formulations stored in them. It has been over two-and-a-half years since a draft directive from the Union Health Ministry sought to replace plastic and […]

Stroke patients being prescribed ineffective drugs: AIIMS

New Delhi: Over eight lakh stroke patients in north India are being prescribed neuroprotective drugs which are not recommended by clinical practice guidelines set by the world bodies, an AIIMS study has revealed. Citicoline, Piracetam, and Edaravone are the three drugs being prescribed to the stroke patients over the years in spite of the directions […]