polio Current Affairs - 2020

Indigenously Developed ‘COVAXIN’ gets DCGI approval for Human Clinical Trials

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given approval for Phase I and Phase II human clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine ‘COVAXIN’. In association with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology (NIV), COVAXIN is developed by Hyderabad based vaccine & bio-therapeutics manufacturer-Bharat Biotech.  At NIV Pune, the Read More…

India attends World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). India was represented by Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan at the World Health Assembly. Apart from COVID-19, the World Health Assembly addressed Global Vaccine Plan, polio eradication and neglected tropical diseases. China and COVID-19 Around 120 countries backed the resolution to Read More…

Lucknow Medical Hospital first in the country to launch Plasma Treatment Therapy

On April 27, 2020, the King George Medical University in Uttar Pradesh became the first government hospital to launch plasma therapy to treat COVID-19. The first dose of plasma therapy was given to a 58-year old patient. Highlights The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) recently cleared the proposal of plasma therapy that was submitted Read More…

India-WHO engages National Polio Surveillance Network for COVID-19

On April 16, 2020, India joined hands with World Health Organization to implement National Polio Surveillance Network to contain COVID-19. Along with COVID-19, the team will also be involved to support elimination of tuberculosis and other diseases. Highlights With National Polio Surveillance Project, India eliminated polio in 2014. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Read More…

National Immunization Day observed in India

On January 19, 2020, the National Immunization Day (NID) was observed all over India as a part of Pulse Polio Programme, 2020. Around 17.4 crore children of age less than 5 hears were administered polio drops to sustain polio eradication in India. Highlights India has eradicated polio completely in 2012.  In order to sustain the Read More…