India’s daily COVID count crosses 1-lakh, Omicron tally at 3,000 – ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: India on Friday crossed the one-lakh mark in its daily COVID-19 tally with 1,17,100 new cases being reported and 302 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the latest updated data from the Union ministry of health and family affairs, the country’s current active caseload currently stands at 3,71,363. The last time India had recorded more than a lakh cases in a day was on June 6, 2021. India also reports second death of a 50-year-old woman, a resident of Agalpur in Bolangir district who had tested…

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Indian vaccines should be used as boosters without any delay, say experts – ET HealthWorld

Indian vaccines should be used as booster shots without delay to combat the Omicron variant, public health experts said, instead of waiting for mRNA-based ones that are currently not available in the country. This comes even as the government’s advisory group on Covid-19 is awaiting data from the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune before it considers recommending booster doses. Experts said mRNA vaccines work best as boosters against Covid-19, but in the absence of these, people who have received Serum Institute of India (SII)’s Covishield should get Bharat Biotech’s…

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Requirement, timing of Covid vaccine booster will be based on scientific decisions: Dr VK Paul – ET HealthWorld

NEW DELHI: The requirement, timing and nature of Covid vaccine booster doses will be based on scientific decisions according to Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog on Wednesday. Speaking to ANI, Dr Paul said, “The Union Health Minister has said in the parliament that the need, timing and nature of boosting will be based on scientific decisions and thinking that is what the government is engaged with.” Asked about the severity of the emerging Covid variant, he said, “Covid always comes with mild symptoms in the initial stages. We are…

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Next few days will tell if Omicron or Delta led to surge, say experts – ET HealthWorld

As parts of India start to see an uptick in Covid-19 cases, experts say it will take a few days to determine whether it’s a resurgence of the Delta variant due to declining immunity or if Omicron, the new highly contagious variant first detected in South Africa, is spreading here. “The next few days will answer this question. To understand the trend there’s a need to intensify genome sequencing. However, in other countries Omicron has gradually gone up and become the dominant variant. It will behave no differently in India,”…

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Omicron driven third wave in India likely to peak in Feb: Covid Supermodel Panel – ET HealthWorld

Daily COVID-19 caseload in India that is currently around 7,500 infections is expected to increase once the Omicron starts displacing Delta as the dominant variant, informed members of the National COVID-19 Supermodel Committee and predicted the third wave in India early year. Vidyasagar, who is also the head of the National COVID-19 Supermodel Committee, said that India will have Omicron’s third wave but it will be milder than the second wave. “Third wave is likely to arrive early next year in India. It should be milder than the second wave…

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Covid-19: Anthony Fauci warns of bleak winter with Omicron ‘raging through the world’ – ET HealthWorld

WASHINGTON: Top US pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned of a bleak winter ahead as the Omicron coronavirus variant spurs a new wave of infections globally, sparking restrictions and concerns over hospital capacity. “One thing that’s very clear… is (Omicron’s) extraordinary capability of spreading,” Fauci told NBC News. “It is just… raging through the world.” Since it was first reported in South Africa in November, Omicron has been identified in dozens of countries, prompting many to reimpose travel restrictions and other measures. Despite indications it is not more severe…

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55 Indian companies can make mRNA vax: Report – ET HealthWorld

MUMBAI: With the emergence of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant and an urgent need for boosters and more efficacious jabs, a global report for the first time has identified over 55 domestic companies including Biocon, Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharma, Reliance LifeSciences, Zydus Cadila, Intas and Lupin, which could potentially manufacture the messenger or mRNA vaccines. The report by AccessIBSA and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), stresses the need to diversify and expand manufacture of mRNA vaccines to accelerate the roll-out of billions of doses possibly within six months, importantly, under a license…

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Third wave likely early next year: Health experts – ET HealthWorld

PATNA: With the exponential rise of Omicron cases across the world the third wave of Covid-19 is almost a certainty now, say health experts. Even though the state has not reported any Omicron case till date, the number of people infected with this new variant is rising considerably in different states and is likely to hit Bihar sooner or later. Health experts predict that a third wave of Covid-19 may be witnessed early next year if the present trend continues. All India Institute of Medical Sciences-Patna Covid-19 in-charge Dr Sanjeev…

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EU official: Omicron to be dominant variant by mid-January – ET HealthWorld

BRUSSELS: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that omicron is expected to be the dominant coronavirus variant in the 27-nation bloc by mid-January. The head of the EU’s executive branch said the bloc is well prepared to fight omicron with 66.6% of the European population now fully vaccinated against the virus. Von der Leyen said she is confident the EU has the “strength” and “means” to overcome the disease, although expressing her disappointment that once again year-end celebrations will be disturbed by the pandemic. “Like many of…

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Protect the unvaccinated, then offer boosters – WHO’s Ryan – ET HealthWorld

DUBLIN: Getting an initial course of Covid-19 vaccines to unprotected groups all over the world should remain a top priority before offering booster shots to vulnerable groups, World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Director Mike Ryan said on Tuesday. A major study on Tuesday found that two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine appear to have given 70% protection against hospitalisation in South Africa in recent weeks, suggesting weaker efficacy against the new Omicron variant. Ryan said he expected the current vaccines would provide significant protection against hospitalisation and death, but that…

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