Clinical trials Current Affairs - 2020

USFDA authorizes blood plasma therapy for COVID-19

The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) recently authorized the use of blood plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients. Other countries Plasma Therapy India is already using plasma therapy as a cure to COVID-19. India has set up plasma banks to collect blood plasma from COVID-19 recovered patients. Apart from India, France had allowed the Read More…

COVISHIELD: India to take up clinical trials of OXFORD Vaccine

On July 26, 2020, Central Drugs Standard Control Organization announced that it will take up clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine, COVISHIELD developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Highlights The trials are being considered by CDSCO after the request from Serum Institute of India. The phase III of the trials is to be conducted in India. Read More…

India-Israel to develop 30 seconds rapid COVID-19 test

India and Israel are to launch a cooperation operation to develop a rapid COVID-19 test. Highlights The cooperation between the countries will merge India’s mass production and technological expertise of Israel. To achieve this, Israel is to send high level research delegation to India. The team will conduct series of final stages of testing and Read More…

WHO resumes Hydroxychloroquine Study

On June 4, 2020, the World Health Organization resumed its clinical trials on exploring whether the Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) drug is effective in treating COVID-19. Highlights The clinical trial on Malaria Drug HCQ was earlier put on hold by the World Health Organization raising concerns of its efficacy. Why were the trials put off? The clinical Read More…

WHO adopts “Human Challenge Trial” to develop new vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced eight candidates to enter human trials. Several people step forward to participate in human challenge trial as the race to develop new vaccine for the virus is increasing. What is Human Challenge Trial? The trial involves infecting volunteers intentionally with COVID-19 virus. This is done to speed up Read More…