COVID-19 testing Current Affairs - 2020

What are the new guidelines by DGCI on COVID-19 vaccines?

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) issued new guidelines that focuses on safety, immunogenicity and efficacy parameters for pharma companies who are developing COVID-19 vaccines. Highlight from the guidelines The guidelines were framed by CDSCO is in line with USFDA and WHO. The DCGI said that COVID-19 vaccine candidate should have at least 50 Read More…

What is CRISPR test?

India’s first CRISPR test for COVID-19 has been launched by the TATA group. It has been named ‘Feluda’, the TATA CRISPER (Clustered Regulatory Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) COVID-19 test.  The test recently received regulatory approvals for the commercial roll out from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). Key Facts The Tata CRISPR test is Read More…

USFDA clears simple Saliva test called “SALIVA DIRECT” to detect COVID-19

On August 16, 2020, the United States Food and Drugs Administration authorised the emergency use of saliva based diagnostic test for COVID-19. This is to be a game changer as it provides the results rapidly. The testing method has been named “SALIVA DIRECT” Highlights Saliva Direct testing method is simpler and is less expensive as Read More…

First Mobile RT-PCR lab of India developed by IISc launched in Karnataka

On August 5, 2020, the State Government of Karnataka launched India’s first mobile RT-PCR lab in Bengaluru. The lab was developed by Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. The lab has been named Mobile Infection Testing and Reporting (MITR) lab. It is capable of conducting 9000 tests per month. About the lab Apart from testing COVID-19, Read More…

India attends Shanghai Cooperation Organization Health Ministers’ Meeting

On July 24, 2020, Union Health Minister of India Dr Harsh Vardhan attended Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Health Ministers’ meeting. Highlights During the meet, India placed its following stands India is using TruNat and CBNAAT tests in addition to antigen-based testing to test COVID-19 India has increased its Personal Protective Equipment capacity. Earlier, India was Read More…