Vaccination Current Affairs - 2020

ICMR: Study on Efficiency of BCG vaccine in treating COVID-19

The Indian Council of Medical Research is to conduct study to evaluate effectiveness of BCG vaccine to prevent morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 elderly individuals. The study is to be conducted on people aged between 60 and 95 years in 19 hotspots in the country. Highlights ICMR is to carry out the studies in six Read More…

Facts Box: United Nations Multidimensional Poverty Index

The United Nations recently released the Multidimensional Poverty Index, 2020. According to the index, India recorded the largest reduction in number of people living in poverty between the period 2015-19. The data were obtained from United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Highlights Around 273 million people have moved out of multidimensional poverty 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…

COVID-19: ICMR Clinical Trials on BCG Vaccine

The Indian Council of Medical Research is conducting clinical trials to check on the efficacy of Tuberculosis vaccines against COVID-19. Highlights The ICMR is to focus on vaccine potential of India in reducing death of COVID-19 infected patients. The trials that will find out the efficacy of BCG Vaccine in COVID-19 patients is to be Read More…

ICMR to develop COVID-19 Vaccine

The Indian Council of Medical Research has tied up with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) to develop indigenous vaccine. The vaccine is to be developed using virus strains that have been isolated from COVD-19 patients at National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune. Significance The Vaccines are important as they play a major role in preventing Read More…