All stories by Payal Banerjee
Doctors not prescribing generic drugs to be penalisedRediff.com13 Aug 2023
All doctors must prescribe generic drugs, failing which they will be penalised and even their license to practice may also be suspended for a period, according to the new regulations issued by the National Medical Commission (NMC).
Booster jab should protect current, future Covid strains: Randeep GuleriaRediff.com23 Mar 2023
The renowned pulmonologist, who was part of the national COVID task force, highlighted the need for research on developing vaccines which will cover not only the current circulating strains but also from the emerging variants.
XBB.1.16 variant likely behind recent Covid spike: Dr GuleriaRediff.com22 Mar 2023
As India witnessed the highest number of Covid cases in over four months, former All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said the new XBB.1.16 variant could be driving the recent rise but emphasised there was no need for panic as long it does not cause severe illness and deaths.
'Worse for heart attacks': British Indian doc flags issues with CovishieldRediff.com7 Feb 2023
Dr Malhotra, who has demanded a full safety review into the use of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine, told PTI Covishield "should never have been rolled out in the country in the first place".
India doesn't need to ban int'l flights or impose lockdown: ExpertsRediff.com24 Dec 2022
The current Covid situation in India is under control and there are no reasons to panic, said Dr N K Arora, the chairperson of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).
Covid strain driving China surge also found in IndiaRediff.com21 Dec 2022
The first case of BF.7 in India was detected in October by Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre.
Hackers demand Rs 200 cr to restore AIIMS servers, data of 4 crore patients at stakeRediff.com28 Nov 2022
It is feared that data of around 3-4 crore patients could have been compromised due to the breach detected Wednesday morning.
Experts feel COVID-19 has reached endemic phaseRediff.com30 Oct 2022
According to some experts, there is not much difference in the number of seasonal flu cases and that of COVID-19, even though they stressed that surveillance for newer variants should continue in the off chance of a new lineage of coronavirus catching the country off guard.
Centre not to procure fresh Covid vaccines; surrenders budgetRediff.com16 Oct 2022
The government's Covid vaccination programme is in its final leg with the health ministry deciding against procuring more vaccines as of now and surrendering Rs 4,237 crore, or nearly 85 per cent of the 2022-23 budget allocation for inoculation purposes, to the finance ministry.
Monkeypox case in Delhi takes India's tally to 4; govt holds high-level meetRediff.com24 Jul 2022
The man had attended a stag party recently in Manali in Himachal Pradesh.
Monkeypox: Experts allay fears, say disease less contagious and rarely fatalRediff.com24 Jul 2022
According to these experts, a monkeypox outbreak can effectively be tackled by strong surveillance.
Free Covid booster for below 60 from July 15Rediff.com13 Jul 2022
So far, less than 1 per cent of the target population of 77 crore in the 18-59 age group have been administered the precaution dose.
DCGI approves mRNA Covid jab for 18 yrs & above; Covovax for 7-11 yrsRediff.com28 Jun 2022
The DCGI's nod came after the subject expert committee on COVID-19 of the CSDCO last week recommended granting emergency use authorisation to Covovax for the age group of 7 to 11 years.
PM-led panel seeks wider panel of names for next AIIMS-Delhi chief: SourcesRediff.com21 Jun 2022
The tenure of the incumbent AIIMS director, Dr Randeep Guleria, which was set to end on March 24, was extended by three months.
Govt panel recommends reducing Covid booster dose gap to 6 monthsRediff.com16 Jun 2022
The Standing Technical Sub-Committee (STSC) of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) on Thursday recommended reducing the gap between the second and precaution doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the current nine to six months, official sources said.
Govt to repurpose CoWIN to include all vaccinationRediff.com27 May 2022
The Universal Immunisation Programme is one of the largest vaccination projects in the world aimed at protecting children and pregnant mothers from preventable diseases. Under it, the government provides shots for 12 vaccine-preventable diseases, such as polio, diphtheria, tetanus, measles, and hepatitis B, for free.
Monkeypox outbreak: Govt alerts agencies, asks them to keep vigilRediff.com20 May 2022
The Union health ministry has also directed airport and port health officers to be vigilant, they said.
India likely to reduce Covid booster gap to 6 months, decision on FridayRediff.com27 Apr 2022
The government is likely to soon reduce the gap between the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine and the precaution dose from the current nine months to six months, official sources said on Wednesday.
Future Covid waves unlikely to have serious impact in India: ExpertsRediff.com20 Mar 2022
The reason is that because of the hybrid immunity after three waves of natural infection and a large proportion of adults receiving both doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the susceptible pool has come down drastically, Lahariya said.
Covishield, Covaxin get regular market approvalRediff.com27 Jan 2022
Under the conditions, the firms shall submit data of ongoing clinical trials and the vaccines to be supplied for programmatic setting.Adverse event following immunisation will continue to be monitored.