Corona Virus Current Affairs - 2020

United Nations adopts first resolution on Corona Virus

On April 3, 2020, the United Nations approved the resolution that called upon international cooperation to fight against COVID-19. The resolution also calls for its member nations to adopt multilateralism.

Highlights

The United Nations resolution was adopted by 188 nations. This is the first resolution adopted by the organization since the pandemic. The resolution called for intensified international cooperation, exchange of information, applying relevant guidelines for the WHO.

Resolution in silence mode

There was no meeting held to pass the resolution. The resolution was adopted in silent mode. The UNGA has announced that the draft resolution is to stay open till April 2 for the member countries to object. If not objected the organization will circulate a confirmation letter among its member countries.

Significance

The resolution was adopted as the number of infected cases in the world crossed over 1 million. The UN addresses the deadly virus as the most challenging crisis since World War II.

The organization on March 23 also called for an “Immediate Cease Fire” all over the world in order to protect the people in conflict zones.

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GoI launches 5 research projects to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

On April 3, 2020, the Government of India launched 5 research projects in order to control the spread of COVID-19. The projects neither focus on vaccines nor on medicines. GoI has been very clear and has also announced earlier that it is currently not into developing medicine for COVID-19. Rather the first priority is to mitigate the spread. The research projects were selected based on this plan.

The projects are to be supervised by the Department of Science and Technology

Project 1

The first project aims to search the metabolite biomarker signature for the virus. These markers will help in capturing the activities of the cell or an organism infected with the virus. This knowledge is base for developing potential drug for the vaccines

Project 2

The second project is to develop viricidal coatings that shall be used in surgical masks to prevent the spread of highly contagious viruses such as SARS, COVID-19, etc.

Project 3

The third project is to develop antiviral surface coatings to help prevent the spread of infections caused by influenza virus. The aim is to develop polymeric compounds that will be coated upon surfaces and will kill the viruses completely upon contact.

Project 4

The fourth project is to develop a material which when applied over surfaces will remove viruses and bacteria adhering to it.

Project 5

The fifth project is to develop antibody-based capture of COVID-19 and inactivate it using lipid based gel.

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