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“Vaccine for COVID-19 not an easy route, parallel drug discovery efforts...

At a recent media briefing, Dr Vinod Paul, Member NITI Aayog and Professor K. Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, summarised activities on COVID-19 related to Science and Technology in the areas of vaccines, drug discovery, diagnostics and testing..................

Food and Immunity: Correlation to combat against COVID-19

During the lockdown period, our existing underlying diseases may also trigger in the absence of adequate physical activities and fear of the pandemic, write Jyoti Sharma and S.K. Varshney.................

Study reveals high psychological impact of COVID-19 on Ophthalmologists

The objective of the study was to evaluate the psychological impact of the COVID-19 crisis on trainees and practicing ophthalmologists in India during the lockdown..................

ICMR validates indigenous assays for COVID-19 diagnosis

A total of 11 RT-PCR-based indigenous assays were validated and recommended for the testing of COVID-19, as revealed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).....................

IIT Delhi develops PPE coverall to avoid COVID-19 infection

Researchers at IIT Delhi have been actively involved in the development of high-functional and specialty textile materials and have successfully commercialized various products earlier too..............

Omnicuris partners Maharashtra Medical Council to launch COVID-19 module for doctors

Omnicuris will provide a digital lecture on how to fight against coronavirus. The module that is available on Maharashtra Medical Council’s platform will enable doctors to complete their CME hours needed for the renewal of their license...................

COVID-19: NIV Pune develops India’s first indigenous IgG ELISA test, Zydus...

In a major breakthrough, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-National Institute of Virology (NIV) at Pune has developed and validated the indigenous IgG ELISA test for antibody detection for COVID-19. ICMR has also partnered with Zydus Cadila for mass-scale production of the ELISA test kits...................

Govt lauds the efforts of CSIR scientists against COVID-19

Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan has appreciated CSIR for submitting 53 sequences of COVID-19 genomes to the Global Coronavirus Genome Database, Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID)..................

CSIR-IIP to set up viral testing facility to fight COVID-19

The Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) is establishing an RT-PCR-based COVID-19 testing facility in its Dehradun campus..............................

The holy grail to fight pandemics such as COVID-19!

While it takes a few years of deliberate and careful work to develop a commercial vaccine, the COVID-19 pandemic has slightly changed the traditional vaccine development approach, writes Arti Dumbrepatil..................