Government News

New mobile lab launched to expand COVID-19 testing in remote areas

  • Posted on: 20 June 2020
  • By: PharmaTutor News

 Amidst ever-increasing cases of coronavirus, efforts are being made to speed up testing of suspects of COVID-19 carriers, especially in the interior parts of the country. In one such initiative, a mobile diagnostic unit I-Lab (Infectious disease diagnostic lab) has been launched on Thursday by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare and Earth Sciences. The I-Lab is expected to help in the expansion of COVID-19 testing in remote areas.

Treating cancer & other NCDs safe & critical while COVID vaccine expected

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted a webinar on "Cancer Care during COVID Times: Tackling of NCDs" with august panelist from the medical fraternity including Dr. N Subramanian, Chairman, Health Committee, PHD Chamber and Director, Medical Services, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals; Dr. Gopi Chand Khilnani, Chairman, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, PSRI Hospital; Dr. Amish Vora, Co-Founder, and Director, Medical Oncology, H.O.P.E. Oncology Clinic & Sr.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 positive individuals don't have potential to infect others: Health DG Malaysia

  • Posted on: 31 May 2020
  • By: PharmaTutor News

COVID-19 positive individuals who are asymptomatic do not have the potential to infect others because they have a low “virus load” compared to those who are symptomatic, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah reported by Bernama.

European medicines regulatory network fully mobilised in fight against COVID-19

  • Posted on: 30 May 2020
  • By: PharmaTutor News

The development and availability of medicines and vaccines for all patients in the European Union, including those with COVID-19, is the number one priority for the European medicines regulatory network. EMA, together with EU Member States and the European Commission, has published a PDF iconplan outlining principles for how the network will ensure that core public and animal health regulatory activities, such as the authorisation, maintenance and supervision of human and veterinary medicines will continue to be carried out during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Researchers culture novel coronavirus, may help in drug testing and vaccine development

  • Posted on: 29 May 2020
  • By: PharmaTutor News

The Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has established stable cultures of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) from patients’ samples. Virologists at CCMB have isolated infectious viruses from several isolates. The ability to culture the virus in lab enables CCMB to work towards vaccine development and testing of potential drugs to fight COVID-19.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan elected as Chair of Executive Board of WHO

  • Posted on: 23 May 2020
  • By: PharmaTutor News

The Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan has been elected as Chair of the Executive Board of World Health Organization for the year 2020-21. This took place today during the 147th session of the Executive Board, in a meeting that was virtually held.Hehas replacedDr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan.

ICMR validates indigenous assays for COVID-19 diagnosis

  • Posted on: 22 May 2020
  • By: PharmaTutor News

Indian researchers and authorities have prioritized to reduce dependence on other countries by developing and validating indigenous diagnostic assays for COVID-19 testing. A total of 11 RT-PCR-based indigenous assays were validated and recommended for the testing of COVID-19. This has been revealed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).