By Health In Five Writer
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“The biggest vaccination program in the world is going on in our country. Today, the nation has willpower to manufacture its own vaccine – not one but two Made in India vaccines. Vaccines are reaching every corner of the country. India is absolutely self-reliant in this regard. I thank the scientists who worked day and night on the vaccine. The credit entirely goes to the medical fraternity.” – Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Immune system mounts a lasting defense after recovery from COVID-19
A new Rockefeller study offers an encouraging answer, suggesting that those who recover from COVID-19 are protected against the virus for at least six months, and likely much longer. The findings, published in Nature, provide the strongest evidence yet that the immune system “remembers” the virus and, remarkably, continues to improve the quality of antibodies even after the infection has waned. Antibodies produced months after the infection showed increased ability to block SARS-CoV-2, as well as its mutated versions such as the South African variant.
The Lancet Infectious Diseases publishes positive findings of Covaxin indigenous Covid-19 vaccine
The findings published in the peer review journal shows the safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine as seen in a double-blind, randomised trial. BBV152 (Covaxin) led to tolerable safety outcomes and enhanced immune responses. Both Algel-IMDG formulations were selected for phase 2 immunogenicity trials. The double-blind, multi centre, randomized controlled trial was conducted in 11 hospitals across the country. Between July 13 and 30, 2020, 827 participants were screened, of whom 375 were enrolled. Further efficacy trials are warranted as per the publication.
IMA launches “Relay Hunger Strike” against mixopathy
Indian Medical Association has announced to launch pan India Relay Hunger Strike against the CCIM notification allowing Ayush professionals to practice surgery. Its members and doctors will stay on hunger strike in turns 24×7 from February 1st, 2021. IMA has intensified its agitation as it believes the notification is completely unscientific, unsafe, impractical and is going to push Indian healthcare retrograde. It opposes and condemns the predatory poaching on Modern Medicine and its surgical disciplines by CCIM.
India’s global position rises both in innovations & publications
While the country has already attained the third position in terms of publications, it now features among the top 50 innovative economies globally as per the Global Innovation Index (GII), placing it ahead of many developed and developing countries. “Our efforts for connecting the invention ecosystem that excels in creating knowledge and the innovation ecosystem facilitating knowledge consumption have helped bring about this transformation, said Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST)