Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:23 May,2020

Combating COVID-19: CSIR working on 10 different vaccines, drug trials

New Delhi: Three drug trials to combat COVID-19 have started and seven are in the process, said Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Director-General (DG) Dr Shekhar C Mande on Thursday.
"We have started three drug trials, namely, ACQH, Favipiravir and MW. The MW trial has started very well at three different sites. We bring about seven more into our basket of drug trials, some of which will also be combination therapies. These therapies will also come on to the trial combination of two kinds of drugs, possibly one targeting the virus and the other targeting the host," Dr Mande told ANI....read more

Migrating citizens of India: Let them go with respect

Over 5 crore or 50 million people are in process of migration from metro cities to their own native place in villages. Around 8% of migrants are found to be positive in Bihar when checked in various shelter places. It only means that required physical distance is not being followed by them in the transit.
If this continues, we expect that the doubling time of COVID-19 will remain around 13 days and in the next two weeks, we will end up with 200 thousand (2 lac) cases in the country. ....read more

World COVID Meter 21st May: Living with COVID 1.0: End Fear Pandemic

212 Countries affected, Nearly 99 K cases and 4.5 K deaths per day
Minimum Likely Deaths 336591,Total cases 5 M,President Trump on hydroxychloroquine; Moderna vaccine tested in people appeared to be safe and able to stimulate an immune response against the virus. WHO agreed to begin an inquiry into the global response to the pandemic, at the end of a rough annual meeting that saw the U.S. and China taking hits at each other. ....read more

What do you mean by 'food is Brahman'?

‘Food is Brahman’ is a Vedic Upanishad and Bhagavad Gita saying.
Brahma is consciousness, therefore, food is consciousness. Though the traditional Vedic teaching has been that consciousness is present in everything, yet only food is considered Brahman. We never say that stone is Brahman nor dog is Brahman....read more

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Mongolia requests for Remdesivir used COVID treatment from Indian companies
Financial Express- PTI

The government has identified 12 sectors, including auto components, textiles, industrial machinery and furniture, where focus would be given with a view to make India a self-reliant country and a global supplier, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Thursday. He said a self-reliant India will ensure production of quality products on a large scale, fulfil India’s requirements and boost export of surplus production. “There are a number of sectors that have been identified in which India’s competitive and comparative advantage over the other countries is seen. We have identified 12 sectors in which not only will India be ‘Aatmanirbhar’ (self-reliant) but can also lead the global supply chain,” he said in a conversation with BJP leader Sambit Patra on steps being taken by the ministry to combat the COVID-19 crisis. In these 12 sectors — food processing; organic farming; iron; aluminium and copper; agro chemicals; electronics; industrial machinery; furniture; leather and shoes; auto parts; textiles; and coveralls, masks, sanitisers and ventilators — India can become a global supplier, the minister said. “We will study these sectors in a focused way so that it can be manufactured in India in a competitive way…. Self-reliant India does not mean that we are getting isolated from the world,” he said adding that it will lead to increase in India’s share in global trade

Zydus delivers first batch of antibody test kits to ICMR
ET Healthworld

The first batch of 30,000 COVID KAVACH ELISA Tests manufactured by Zydus Diagnostics, has been supplied to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), free of cost. These test kits have been manufactured in technology transfer with ICMR-NIV of Pune for surveillance purposes. Robust antibody tests are critical for surveillance and understanding the proportion of population exposed to SARS- COV-2 infection. ICMR-NIV, Pune has successfully developed an indigenous IgG ELISA test for antibody detection for COVID-19. The test was validated at two sites in Mumbai and has been found to have high sensitivity and specificity. In addition, the test will have the advantage of testing 90 samples together in a single run of 2.5 hours. Moreover, ELISA based testing is easily possible even at district level. After development at ICMR-NIV, Pune, technology has been commercialised by Zydus Cadila for mass scale production. The test kits then manufactured at Zydus Cadila were validated by NIV and were found to have high sensitivity & specificity. The test named as ‘COVID KAVACH ELISA’ have been manufactured in just four days of receiving all necessary materials from ICMR – NIV, Pune. Speaking on the development, Chairman, Mr. Pankaj R. Patel, said, “This reaffirms our commitment to do everything that we can to help the nation fight this healthcare challenge. We believe that the need of the hour is to be prepared in every way that we can with the latest diagnostic technologies and that is why we are providing the initial supplies at no costs.”

Andhra HC directs CBI to probe manhandling of suspended doctor by police in Vizag
India Today- Ashish Pandey

In a significant development, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the alleged manhandling of Dr Sudhakar Rao by Vishakhapatnam Police. The apex investigative agency has been asked to submit a report in this regard within 8 weeks. A bench of the HC has also instructed the CBI to register a case against policemen involved in the incident. The court had earlier asked a Sessions judge to record the statement of Dr Sudhakar Reddy who is currently undergoing treatment at the Vishakhapatnam Mental Health Hospital. Based on a report from the Sessions judge which mentioned six injuries on the doctor as a result of alleged manhandling, the HC on Friday asked the CBI to take up the case. The Andhra Pradesh Police had claimed that a team of policemen was dispatched to the spot after a complaint was made to dial 100 about a man creating ruckus at 3:45 PM on May 15. When they (policemen) tried to stop the man, he abused, removed his shirt, and hurled food items at them, the police stated. Following his arrest, Dr Sudhakar Rao was booked under Sections 353 and 427 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). However, a video of his arrest was shared by TDP leader and former CM Chandrababu Naidu on social media platforms. In his posts, Naidu criticized Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy for the state police's handling of the "Dalit doctor".

COVID-19 keeps doctor couples away from their children and homes for days
The Hindu- Serena Josephine M.

Many government hospitals have posted both the husband and wife on COVID-19 duty, with no exemption for even one member, despite pleas Except for those daily phone calls, and a few times of meeting outside the gate, Haripriya* and her husband, both government doctors, have not got the chance to hug their child for nearly two months. The couple, who are on COVID-19 duty in different hospitals, rarely get the chance to see each other, and had to put their child under the care of a relative. COVID-19 might have distanced healthcare professionals from their families. But it is tougher for doctor couples in the government sector. Doctors said there are at least 20% doctor couples working in the government sector in the State. With no exemption even for one member, despite pleas, many government hospitals have posted both the husband and wife on COVID-19 duty, keeping them away from their children, elderly parents, and homes for several weeks. “I was put on COVID-19 duty during the end of March, and I have completed three to four rounds of COVID-19 duty so far. My husband is on both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 duty on rotation. When the lockdown began, it was very difficult. We did not know how the disease would progress. Due to our exposure to the virus, we did not want to put our child and elderly parent-in-law at risk. So, we sent them to a nearby relative’s house two months ago,” Dr. Haripriya said.