coronavirus

India – Land of Vaccines!


By Neera Kuckreja Sohoni In July 2020, just after the deadly Corona virus was all set to invade the whole world, in an online vaccine symposium organized by the Indian government, Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine warned that without India, there will not be enough vaccines to save the world. That...

Amazon launches online pharmacy, shares of Wallgreens, CVS drop

Post Date: November 18, 2020

Seattle, WA: Amazon.com Inc. has said that customers can buy prescription medications through a new store on its platform, a move that expands the e-commerce giant’s presence in health care and further encroaches on the turf of traditional retailers. Amazon Prime members are eligible for free two-day delivery and discounts of up to 80% on...

COVID-19 cases and deaths soaring again, lockdowns coming


Washington: As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise nationwide, some states are halting phased reopening plans or imposing new coronavirus-related restrictions. Several are putting limits on social gatherings, adding states to travel quarantine lists, mandating face masks and encouraging residents to stay home, as many did in the spring. Others are restricting business hours of...

Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin goes into Phase 3 trials


Hyderabad: Bharat Biotech on Monday said it has begun the phase 3 clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, Covaxin, in India, with 26,000 participants across 22 sites in the country. The trial will be conducted in partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Hyderabad-based drugmaker said in a statement. “The Phase III trials...

After Pfizer, Moderna’s Covid vaccine shows 94.5% effectiveness


Atlanta:  Moderna said MOnday that preliminary phase three trial data shows its coronavirus vaccine is more than 94% effective in preventing Covid-19. The analysis evaluated 95 confirmed Covid-19 infections among the trial’s 30,000 participants. Massachusetts-based  Moderna, which developed its vaccine in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said 90 cases of Covid-19 were...

International flights in India to remain suspended till Nov 30

Post Date: October 29, 2020

New Delhi: The Centre has extended the suspension of scheduled commercial international flight operations to and from India till November 30. "This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation," an official statement said. "However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on select routes by...

Costco retails Covid-19 saliva test kits on website

Post Date: October 27, 2020

It turns out, you really can get everything at Costco. The wholesale retailer is now selling at-home coronavirus test kits on its website. The saliva PCR tests are administered by telemedicine platform AZOVA and cost $ 129.99 for just the test kit or $139.99 for the test kit with a video observation according to the product descriptions. People who buy the...

University of Houston partners with Indian American owned AuraVax for intranasal Covid-19 vaccine


Houston: The University of Houston Oct. 12 announced it has entered into an exclusive license option agreement with AuraVax Therapeutics Inc., a Houston, Texas-based biotech company developing novel vaccines to help patients defeat debilitating respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. Under the terms of the agreement, AuraVax has the option to exclusively license a new intranasal COVID-19 vaccine technology developed by Navin...

Indian-American teen wins $25,000 for work on potential Covid-19 cure


At a time when scientists across the globe are searching for a vaccine to treat novel coronavirus, a 14-year-old Indian-American has won a $25,000 prize for a potential treatment to COVID-19. Anika Chebrolu, from Frisco, Texas has won the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge with a reward of $25,000 for the discovery of a lead molecule...