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India logs first Omicron sub-variant XE case in Mumbai

India has reported first case of Omicron sub-variant XE in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said in a statement.


India eases arrival norms for travellers from 82 nations

India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued revised guidelines for travellers arriving from overseas, putting an end to the...


WHO head warns that Omicron may be less severe but not mild

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the Covid’s Omicron strain may be less severe as compared to Delta, but should not be...


WHO still recommending 14-day COVID quarantine: Report

Breaking News: The World Health Organisation (WHO) still recommends a 14-day quarantine, an official from the organisation told a press...


New COVID strain IHU has more mutations than Omicron

France has detected a COVID variant named IHU, which scientists said that it has more mutations than the Omicron variant.


Too soon to tell if Omicron worse than Delta: WHO

A World Health Organisation official stated that the organisation does not yet have enough data on the new Omicron variant of the...


Bharat Biotech's Covaxin vaccine gets WHO approval for emergency use listing

According to reports, the Technical Advisory Group of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended the Emergency Use Listing status...


Will take decision on Covaxin clearance in October: WHO

According to the World Health Organisation, a decision on Bharat Biotech's submission seeking emergency use listing (EUL) for its Covaxin...


Singapore allows Sinovac vaccine to be administered through special access route after WHO approval

Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) has allowed the use of Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s COVID-19 vaccine, after the World Health Organisation...


India faster than US, UK in administering 1 million vaccine shots: Health Ministry

The Union Health Ministry yesterday lauded India's efforts in conducting a successful vaccination drive and said India took only six days to...


WHO investigative team arrives in Wuhan from Singapore

A team of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) arrived in Wuhan today to start a probe into the origins of the coronavirus, even...


Travel agents say Indians keen on travelling to UK for COVID-19 vaccine

Travel agents stated they have started receiving inquiries from Indians who want to travel to the UK as soon as possible to get the Covid-19...


Indian Cabinet approves MoU with UK over medical product regulation

The Indian Cabinet has given its approval for signing a memorandum of understading (MoU) between the Central Drugs Standard Control...


World Bank allotts USD 12 bn to make COVID-19 vaccines more accessible

The World Bank announced that it has approved USD 12 billion in financing to help developing countries buy and distribute coronavirus...


WHO re-emphasises importance of COVID-19 testing

The global health body on Thursday recommended active testing of people who have been exposed to the virus even if they don't show symptoms.


Amazon to launch online pharmacy in India

“Amazon Pharmacy” will provide both over-the-counter and prescription-based drugs, basic health devices as well as traditional Indian...


MOM quarantines 800 workers after new case in cleared dormitory

According to media reports, about 800 migrant workers have been newly quarantined after a Covid-19 case was discovered in a cleared...


Indian-origin doctor appointed as New York health commissioner

Dr Dave A Chokshi, a 39-year-old Indian-origin physician with expertise in public health, has been appointed as New York City's new health...


India’s COVID-19 testing rate low compared to other countries, says WHO chief scientist

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has carried out 2.08 crore COVID-19 tests of August 3.


COVID-19 herd immunity a long way off: WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan

Dr Swaminathan is a pediatrician from India and a globally recognised researcher on tuberculosis and HIV.


WHO warning on COVID-19: This is not even close to being over

"Most people remain susceptible, the virus still has a lot of room to move," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a media briefing.


Singaporean professor Paul Tambyah appointed to lead International Society of Infectious Diseases

Currently Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Professor Paul Tambyah is also Senior Consultant Infectious...


506 new COVID-19 cases and 1,096 discharged on May 30

There are five cases in the local community, two of which are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents.


Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan takes charge as Chairman of WHO Executive Board

The chairman's post is held on a rotational basis for a period of one year among regional groups.


Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to become Chairman of WHO Executive Board: Reports

The chairman's post is held on a rotational basis for a period of one year among regional groups.