Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Current Affairs - 2020

‘COVIRAP’- A Low Cost test developed by IIT Kharagpur gets ICMR Nod.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have  approved a low cost covid-19 test called COVIRAP. This diagnostic machine has been developed by IIT Kharagpur. The kit provides close test results similar to RT-PCR. The test gives the results in less than an hour. It does not require air conditioned laboratory. So, the testing labs Read More…

Is “Purified Antisera” a potential treatment for COVID-19?

The Indian Council of Medical Research in collaboration with the Hyderabad based biopharmaceutical company Biological E ltd has developed “Purified Antisera”. It has been prepared by injecting inactivated SARS-CoV2 in horses which can be used as a prophylaxis and could be a potential treatment for COVID-19. Key Facts The new therapy is similar to the Read More…

Serum Institute to produce additional 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

Serum Institute of India (SII) has announced today on September 29, 2020  that it will produce an additional 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for India and other low and middle-income countries in 2021. The announcement is taking forward the collaboration that was made between the Serum Institute of India, GAVI Vaccine Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Read More…

Cat Que Virus? – ICMR warns of another virus from China

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has warned of the danger that is being posed by another virus that have been found in China named ‘Cat Que Virus’ (CQV).  ICMR warns that the virus has potential to spread diseases all across India. Key Facts The virus may cause febrile illnesses, meningitis and paediatric encephalitis Read More…

National Cancer Registry Programme Report, 2020

On August 18, 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research released “National Cancer Registry Programme Report”, 2020. According to the report, the number of cancer patients in India are to increase to 15.7 lakhs by 2025. Highlights The report also says that by the end of 2020, there will be 13.9 lakh cancer patients in Read More…