All stories by Shakoor Rather
Recovered people showing faster response to Covishield: StudyRediff.com3 Mar 2021
Those who have recovered from COVID-19 respond faster to the Covishield vaccine and reach high antibody levels, says a study, leading to hopes that they may not need a second dose and therefore help widen India's corona immunisation cover.
Is 'localised' herd immunity behind dip in India's Covid count?Rediff.com5 Jan 2021
While there is a glimmer of hope and India's COVID-19 numbers are on a definite decline for a combination of reasons, a vaccination programme continues to be important, particularly given the presence of a mutant, more transmissible strain, several experts said while cautioning against infection upticks ahead.
New Covid variant: Scientists warn against more mutationsRediff.com22 Dec 2020
Over time, as more mutations occur, the vaccine may need to be altered.
India biggest buyer of Covid vaccine with 1.6 bn dosesRediff.com4 Dec 2020
India has purchased 500 million doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate, one billion from the United States company Novavax and 100 million doses of the Sputnik V candidate from Russia's Gamaleya Research Institute, according to the US-based Duke University Global Health Innovation Center.
'Caution fatigue' may lead to COVID spike, experts warnRediff.com13 Nov 2020
There are worrying signs that the resolve to continue adhering to the dos and don'ts of the times -- physical distancing, wearing masks and maintaining hygiene protocol - is flagging. This recklessness, more evident ahead of Diwali, may lead to a resurgence in novel coronavirus infections and stall the progress in curbing the disease, the experts said.
Air pollution may hinder India's fight against COVID-19: ScientistsRediff.com27 Oct 2020
Long-term exposure to chronically high PM2.5 levels weakens the ability of the lungs to fend off infections, therefore making people more susceptible to COVID-19, the scientists said.
As India preps for vaccine, cold storage facilities seen criticalRediff.com8 Oct 2020
Some vaccine frontrunners are in advanced stages of trial and could hit the market by early next year, making the task of securing "last mile connectivity" and ensuring that nothing goes wrong before the shot is administered more urgent.
India's Feluda COVID test cheaper alternative to RT-PCR, say scientistsRediff.com28 Sep 2020
Named after Satyajit Ray's famed detective, the Feluda test, which is priced at Rs 500 and can deliver a result in 45 minutes, is able to differentiate SARS-CoV-2 from other coronaviruses even if genetic variations between them are minute.
COVID-19 crisis far from over, say scientistsRediff.com24 Sep 2020
The expert noted that in India the pandemic is unlikely to be over in the months to come, and the number of people getting infected will continue to rise.
Rapid antigen tests are spuriously comforting: ScientistsRediff.com11 Sep 2020
'There are not enough RT-PCR tests and they take a long time to do in specialised centres. So the world is using RA tests for the same reason that India is using them, and with similar somewhat spuriously comforting rationale'
Antibodies may not guarantee protection from COVID-19: ScientistsRediff.com8 Sep 2020
As worries over India's COVID-19 spike mount -- the country added 75,809 cases on Tuesday to take its tally to 42,80,422 -- scientists are grappling with the pivotal issue of antibodies and trying to understand how they impact on the progression of the disease.
Scientists find higher viral load in asymptomatic Covid patientsRediff.com1 Sep 2020
The researchers, including those from the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) in Hyderabad, advise testing asymptomatic primary and secondary contacts followed by surveillance.
Scientists sceptical about Russia's COVID-19 vaccineRediff.com12 Aug 2020
Scientists around the world, including in India, suggest it hasn't been tested properly given the time constraint and there may not be enough evidence to prove its efficacy.
'Dengue outbreak may aggravate COVID-19 crisis'Rediff.com10 Jul 2020
The impact of a 'dengue-COVID-19' season would entail two different diagnostic tests and extract a huge toll on patients too, each disease making the other more complicated to deal with and perhaps more fatal.
Scientists urge caution over launch of Covid vaccine by Aug 15Rediff.com4 Jul 2020
'We must not compromise with the standard, the quality. We don't need to be the first to launch a drug but what we need is a Made in India vaccine that the entire world can rely on'
COVID-19 vaccine at least a year away, say scientistsRediff.com16 Jun 2020
According to the World Health Organisation, 10 candidate vaccines for COVID-19 are in the clinical evaluation and 126 are in the pre-clinical stage.
Clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine show promising early results: ExpertsRediff.com21 May 2020
Early data from its vaccine candidate 'mRNA-1273' showed it produced protective antibodies in a group of eight healthy volunteers, Moderna said. The other closely watched COVID-19 vaccine is the one being developed by scientists at Oxford University.
Unwarranted to think COVID-19 will vanish in summer: VirologistRediff.com11 May 2020
The arrival of summer in India may have raised hopes that hot and humid weather could slow the COVID-19 progression but virologist Naga Suresh Veerapu believes that outbreak and pandemic occurrences often do not follow seasonality.
An interface to detect COVID-19 from CT scans, X-RaysRediff.com8 May 2020
AI tech that study CT scans and X-Rays are being deployed as part of global efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, according to LPU researchers. The system may enable doctors and medical staff even in remotest villages of the country to get quick results on the COVID-19 status of a patient.
'India may see second wave of COVID-19 in monsoon'Rediff.com24 Apr 2020
Recent studies in China and Europe observed that the infection might relapse in those people who have already recovered from earlier phases.