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Government answers FAQs on Omicron variant; are existing vaccines effective against this variant?-dnmGovernment answers FAQs on Omicron variant; are existing vaccines effective against this variant?-dnm

Government answers FAQs on Omicron variant; are existing vaccines effective against this variant?

On Friday, the Union Health Ministry issued answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Omicron – the new variant of coronavirus.
 

Top Stories Dec 3, 2021, 6:24 PM IST

Omicron in Karnataka: Mandatory vaccination for parents of school children and public entering malls and theatres-ycbOmicron in Karnataka: Mandatory vaccination for parents of school children and public entering malls and theatres-ycb

Omicron in Karnataka: Mandatory vaccine for parents of children and public entering malls and theatres

The Karnataka government has ordered mandatory 2 doses for parents of school children and public entering to malls and cinema halls. Revenue Minister R Ashoka after the emergency meeting with CM Basavaraj Bommai stated that the government has taken this decision following increasing cases in schools and colleges and also after two Omicron cases were detected.

Top Stories Dec 3, 2021, 4:17 PM IST

Booster dose of six COVID vaccines safe helps in increasing immunity Lancet study gcwBooster dose of six COVID vaccines safe helps in increasing immunity Lancet study gcw

Booster dose of six COVID vaccines safe, helps in increasing immunity, reveals Lancet study

AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Novavax, Janssen, Moderna, Valneva, and Curevac were among the vaccines studied.
 

India News Dec 3, 2021, 1:56 PM IST

Coronavirus India reports 9,216 new COVID-19 cases; recoveries soar over 3.4 crore-dnmCoronavirus India reports 9,216 new COVID-19 cases; recoveries soar over 3.4 crore-dnm

Coronavirus: India reports 9,216 new COVID-19 cases; recoveries soar over 3.4 crore

Over 125.75 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.
 

Top Stories Dec 3, 2021, 11:01 AM IST

Merriam-Webster chooses VACCINE as the 2021 word of the year A look at the runners-upMerriam-Webster chooses VACCINE as the 2021 word of the year A look at the runners-up

Merriam-Webster chooses VACCINE as the 2021 word of the year: A look at the runners-up

Since the first shot was administered in December 2020, the word 'vaccine' lookups on Merriam-Webster increased by a whopping 601%.

World News Nov 29, 2021, 3:43 PM IST

WHO designates new B.1.1.529 COVID strain as variant of concern, renames it Omicron-dnmWHO designates new B.1.1.529 COVID strain as variant of concern, renames it Omicron-dnm

WHO designates new B.1.1.529 COVID strain as ‘variant of concern’, renames it Omicron

The WHO said about 100 genome sequences of the variant have been reported so far. Many of the infected people were fully vaccinated, with at least one person in Israel having also received a third booster dose of vaccine.

World News Nov 27, 2021, 10:27 AM IST

India first DNA vaccine ZyCoV-D released for use by CDL-Kausauli-dnmIndia first DNA vaccine ZyCoV-D released for use by CDL-Kausauli-dnm

India’s first DNA vaccine ZyCoV-D released for use by CDL-Kausauli

The three doses of the ZyCoV-D vaccine will be administered on day 0, day 28 and day 56. Each of the three doses will be given in two shots on each arm, right and left; for an individual to be fully vaccinated by ZyCoV-D, one would have to be injected with six shots of the vaccine.

Top Stories Nov 27, 2021, 10:24 AM IST

India all set to resume international flights from December 15, except 14 countries-dnmIndia all set to resume international flights from December 15, except 14 countries-dnm

India all set to resume international flights from December 15, except 14 countries

On Thursday, South Africa confirmed a new variant of coronavirus which is believed to be more transmissible and vaccine evasive. India is not resuming regular international flight operations with Botswana and South Africa.

Top Stories Nov 26, 2021, 6:20 PM IST

Covaxin shows only 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19: Lancet Study-dnmCovaxin shows only 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19: Lancet Study-dnm

Covaxin shows only 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19: Lancet Study

The latest Covaxin data may dent its appeal at a time when Bharat Biotech is ramping up production while studies show that most vaccines have reduced efficacy against the Delta variant.

Top Stories Nov 24, 2021, 5:40 PM IST

Huge third wave unlikely, no need for booster dose for now: AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria-dnmHuge third wave unlikely, no need for booster dose for now: AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria-dnm

Huge third wave unlikely, no need for booster dose for now: AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria

“The vaccines are holding up, we are not seeing breakthrough infections causing a surge in our admissions, our sero-positivity rate is very high. All of these suggest that as of now, we really don’t need a booster dose,” Dr Randeep Guleria said.

Top Stories Nov 24, 2021, 12:00 PM IST

German Health Minister says citizens will be either vaccinated cured or dead gcwGerman Health Minister says citizens will be either vaccinated cured or dead gcw

German Health Minister says citizens will be either 'vaccinated, cured or dead' amid rise in COVID cases

Health Minister Jens Spahn, the quick rise in coronavirus infections implies that everyone in the nation who hasn't been vaccinated will have gotten COVID-19, and some of them will die by the end of the winter.

Europe Nov 23, 2021, 6:14 PM IST

Pfizer announces COVID vaccine remained 100 per cent effective in children 12 to 15 gcwPfizer announces COVID vaccine remained 100 per cent effective in children 12 to 15 gcw

Pfizer announces COVID vaccine remains 100% effective in children aged 12 to 15

 According to the firms, the new data, which covered 2,228 trial participants, will assist support their bids for full approval in the United States and throughout the world.

World News Nov 23, 2021, 2:10 PM IST

India records 8488 new COVID cases active cases lowest since March 2020 gcwIndia records 8488 new COVID cases active cases lowest since March 2020 gcw

India records 8,488 new COVID-19 cases, active cases lowest since March 2020

The number of active cases has dropped to 1,18,443, the lowest level in 533 days. In the last 24 hours, the active number of COVID-19 instances has decreased by 4,271 cases.

Coronavirus India Nov 22, 2021, 10:25 AM IST

FDA authorises Moderna and Pfizer's COVID vaccine boosters for all US adults-dnmFDA authorises Moderna and Pfizer's COVID vaccine boosters for all US adults-dnm

FDA authorises Moderna and Pfizer’s COVID vaccine boosters for all US adults

Moderna and Pfizer both announced that regulators had broadened the authorization for their booster shots.

United States Nov 19, 2021, 8:00 PM IST

Austria announces lockdown for people who are not vaccinated against COVID gcwAustria announces lockdown for people who are not vaccinated against COVID gcw

Austria announces lockdown for people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19

Approximately 65 per cent of Austria's almost nine million people are vaccinated, which is lower than the EU average of 67 per cent, but daily spikes in illnesses have reached new highs this week. 

Europe Nov 15, 2021, 1:44 PM IST