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VACCINE AND TESTING
Goa achieves 100% COVID-19 vaccination target
The state of Goa has achieved a major milestone of administering both the doses of COVID-19 vaccines to its entire eligible population of 11.66 lakh. The State Directorate of Health Services has said that it will shut down all its COVID-19 vaccination centers and club them into the normal immunization programme. He also clarified that 100 per cent vaccination does not mean the programme will be stopped. The state government’s vaccination programme continued for the past 13 months. |Live Mint
Government panel recommends EUA for Corbevax
An expert panel of India’s central drug authority on Monday recommended granting restricted Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) to Biological E’s COVID-19 vaccine, Corbevax, for age group of 12 to 18 years subject to certain conditions. The Corbevax vaccine is administered through an intramuscular route with two doses scheduled 28 days apart. According to the Health Ministry, the company has conducted phase 1/2, 2/3 clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine in the country. Further, it has conducted a phase 3 active comparator clinical trial to evaluate superiority against Covishield vaccine. |India Today
Glenmark Pharma, SaNOtize Research launch nasal spray for COVID-19
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals and its partner SaNOtize Research, a Canadian biotech firm have launched the Nitric Oxide Nasal Spray (NONS) for the treatment of adult patients with COVID-19. In India, the product is introduced under the brand name FabiSpray. The spray has proven anti-microbial properties with a direct viricidal effect on SARS-CoV-2 and when sprayed over nasal mucosa it acts as a physical and chemical barrier against the virus. The companies have decided to manufacture, market, and distribute NOSA for COVID-19 treatment in India and other Asian markets. |Economic Times
COVID-19 Vaccinations boost mental health along with immunity
Data from a nationally representative study of 8,090 adults who were interviewed regularly between March 2020 and June 2021 revealed declines in COVID-19 related risk perceptions and psychological distress following vaccination. The study was conducted by the people from Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA. Reductions in distress were partially explained by declining risk perceptions following vaccination. The largest reductions in distress were observed among American Indians (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) individuals, who have suffered disproportionately from COVID-19. |Science Daily
Genome Sequencing used as a tool to study RNA variations in SARS-CoV-2
A multi-institutional team at the Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur studied the RNA variations of COVID-19 virus using genomic Sequencing. The research team observed 16,140 iSNV (intrahost Single Nucleotide variations) sites spanning the virus genome. High density alterations were present in the critical areas that could alter or override the body’s ability to trigger immune response. iSNVs were found in most of ten delta and kappa variants before their fixation as SNVs by February 2021.The identification of iSNVs can help in identifying the key sites in viral RNA that are responsible for the survival of viruses. |Times of India
The 1918 pandemic led to greater economic disparities than 2020
A comparison of Spanish flu in 1918 and COVID-19 in 2020 reveals that the 1918 pandemic had a devastating impact on economy. Real GDP growth was at a high inflation, a combination far worse than any other disaster to hit India. The 1918 disaster caused an economic downturn lowering GDP as well as employment. Though many businesses, institutions were forced to close, the impact was less severe on them when compared to the 2020 pandemic. Some argue that the economy recovered within two to three years, while others argue that it took a longer time during the flu pandemic. |Times of India
COVID-19 has locked children out of their education with girls at highest risk
The impact of COVID-19 on children’s education has been profound. At present, 38 million children, worldwide, are entirely lacking schooling. The effects of this lack of schooling will be far-reaching for the most vulnerable. School closures impact children beyond their learning, targeting their mental health and well-being. As the pandemic continues to unravel, school closures and remote learning will remain a challenge, affecting a generation of children’s learning, development and well-being. |World Economic Forum
Technology trends can encourage a holistic learning environment:
Online learning has witnessed a lot of infrastructural development and prospects for collaborations between universities and businesses. The increasing number of webinars has given students a chance to interact with professionals from various industries worldwide, making their education more flexible, opening more ways to connect with the community. Disciplines like digital business execution, digital technologies, digital transformation, fintech etc., can be made part of the curriculum to give students a genuine understanding of these areas. |Digital Learning
COVID-19 linked with increased risk of Mental Health Disorders
COVID-19 is associated with an increased risk of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, substance use, and sleep disorders. According to a US study, COVID-19 infections have contributed to more than 14.8 million cases of mental health disorders worldwide. Researchers compared mental health outcomes in the COVID-19 dataset with two other groups of people not infected with the virus and found that people with COVID-19 showed a 60 percent higher risk of any mental health diagnosis or prescription. The research suggests that tackling mental health disorders among survivors of the disease should be a priority. |NDTV
Revised travel guidelines take effect
Incoming travellers will have to upload their COVID-19 vaccination certificates on the government’s Air Suvidha portal aimed at digitally documenting relevant details of international passengers. Mandatory seven-day home quarantine after arrival is also required. India no longer requires negative RT-PCR reports from fully vaccinated travellers from 86 countries. “On the basis of reciprocity, the travellers from only such countries which provide quarantine-free entry to Indians will be allowed for relaxation under certificate of completing full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 vaccination,” says the guidelines. |Hindustan Times
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Bulletin 62 Team
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KARE COVID-19 Response So Far
43038 Cooked meals
2279 Volunteering hours clocked.
10 Tons of Vegetables transacted so far.
28+ Number of Farmers impacted so far.
640 Helpline Calls.
500 Grocery Kits & 500 kg Rice
50+ hours of student mentoring & 8 Gadgets
1400 Liquid sanitizer packs
₹ 4,95,141 Funds Raised.
₹ 6,50,000 Funds Spent.
63000+ Lives Impacted
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