ICMR drops use of Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine drugs for COVID-19 treatment

In a new set of guidelines, the ICMR has decided to drop the use of certain dugs while advising use of other drugs in moderate and severe cases of coronavirus infection.

Sep 24, 2021, 16:34 PM IST

Booster shot not ‘central theme’, two vaccine doses remain priority: Centre on COVID-19 situation

Indian Council of Medical Research Director General Balram Bhargava said that vaccine acceptance, COVID-appropriate behavior, responsible travel and celebration of festivals are some of the things that need to be taken care of.

Sep 16, 2021, 17:19 PM IST

Low key celebration of festivals should be encouraged to avoid spread, says ICMR amid COVID-19 third wave fear

"Low key celebrations of festivals should be encouraged to avoid the spread. Responsible travel rather than revenge travel should be practised," said ICMR Director-General. 

Sep 10, 2021, 10:55 AM IST

Killer dengue strain's mystery solved! D2 strain caused maximum deaths in UP

"Deaths in Mathura, Agra and Firozabad are due to dengue fever caused by D2 strain, which can cause haemorrhaging that could be fatal," ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava said. 

Sep 09, 2021, 22:28 PM IST

Delta variant of COVID-19 infects both vaccinated, unvaccinated individuals: ICMR study

An ICMR study conducted in Chennai has found that the Delta variant has the potential to infect both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, but it reduces mortality among the former group.

Aug 19, 2021, 10:58 AM IST

COVID-19: Study on mixing and matching Covaxin, Covishield shows better result, says ICMR

“Immunisation with combination of an adenovirus vector platform-based vaccine followed by inactivated whole virus vaccine was not only safe but also elicited better immunogenicity,” said the study.

Aug 08, 2021, 11:31 AM IST

Covaxin will control 3rd COVID-19 wave, ICMR study reveals major facts

Covaxin is developed indigenously by Bharat Biotech which has shown an overall vaccine efficacy of 77.8% based on the results from the Phase 3 trials.

Aug 02, 2021, 15:30 PM IST

ICMR serosurvey says two-third of population surveyed in 11 states have coronavirus antibodies

Madhya Pradesh leads the chart with 79 per cent seroprevalence while Kerala is at the bottom with 44.4 per cent. Seroprevalence in Assam is 50.3 per cent and Maharashtra 58 per cent.

Jul 28, 2021, 20:06 PM IST

Opinion of ICMR regarding opening of schools amid COVID-19

ICMR has advised the opening of primary schools first when there will be a reduction in coronavirus infection. Citing the fourth serosurvey, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said that COVID-19 affects children less as compared to adults.

Jul 21, 2021, 19:56 PM IST

COVID-19: Third-wave inevitable and imminent, likely to hit India by August-end, says ICMR

The ICMR, in a study called, 'Plausibility of the third wave of Covid-19 in India: A mathematical modelling-based analysis,' has elaborated reasons that could possibly lead to the third wave in the country.

Jul 21, 2021, 09:16 AM IST

Wise to re-open primary schools first before secondary schools, says ICMR Chief

During a media briefing on the COVID-19 situation, Balram Bhargava said that children can handle viral infections much better than adults. 

Jul 21, 2021, 07:44 AM IST

COVID-19 third wave may hit India around August end, warns ICMR's top scientist

A top scientist of the ICMR warned that the third wave of the COVID-19 might hit the country by August end.

Jul 17, 2021, 23:21 PM IST

COVID-19 third wave likely to hit by August-end, can be less intense than second wave: ICMR

Dr Samiran Panda in an interview with a TV channel said that the third COVID-19 wave might hit the country at the end of August and is likely to be less intense than the second wave. 

Jul 16, 2021, 08:37 AM IST

ICMR study on 1.17 lakh Tamil Nadu police personnel reaffirms effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing death

Among over 1.17 lakh police personnel, 31 deaths were reported between April 13 and May 14 this year. Of the 31 who succumbed, four had taken two doses of the vaccine, seven had taken one dose and the remaining 20 were unvaccinated.

Jul 11, 2021, 17:45 PM IST

Breastfeeding mothers should get vaccinated without hesitation, ICMR expert debunks myths related to COVID-19 vaccines

"Breastfeeding mothers should get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19 without any hesitation," ICMR expert, Dr Panda said. 

Jul 10, 2021, 11:38 AM IST

When will India be free of coronavirus? ICMR expert says COVID may become a flu-like endemic

"The COVID-19 virus will reach its endemic stage like Influenza after a while and then vulnerable population may have to take the vaccine shot annually," ICMR expert, Dr Panda said. 

Jul 10, 2021, 10:34 AM IST

COVID-19: Who are highly protected against Delta variant? ICMR reveals

According to the study, the humoral and cellular immune response plays a vital role in protection against the Delta variant of COVID-19, which is more transmissible and virulent than other mutated strains.

Jul 04, 2021, 07:28 AM IST

No data to show Delta Plus variant adversely impacts vaccine efficacy, says Covid Task Force Chief Dr VK Paul

VK Paul, who is also a Niti Aayog Member, asserted that there is no scientific data so far to establish that the new variant is highly transmissible or reduces vaccine efficacy.

Jun 29, 2021, 07:32 AM IST

COVID-19 third wave will not be as severe as second: ICMR Study

The COVID-19 third wave will not be as severe as the second wave that hit the country in May, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) found out in a study. 

Jun 27, 2021, 22:07 PM IST

COVID-19 vaccine Zydus Cadila for children above 12 expected by August, says NTAGI chief

Zydus Cadila COVID-19 vaccine for children above 12 years is expected to be available by August as its trials are likely to be completed by July-end, said Dr N K Arora, Chairman, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI).

Jun 27, 2021, 18:02 PM IST