Covid-19 Performance Index 2021 : India’s Ranking

Covid-19 Performance Index: India has been ranked 86th in a “Covid-19 Performance Index” comprising 98 countries. Covid-19 Performance Index was compiled by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, which sought to measure the response of countries to the Pandemic. The Institute also took into account the impact of geography, political systems and economic […]

SARS-CoV-2 New Variants K417N/T, E484K, and N501Y : Current Status

SARS-CoV-2 New Variants: Variants have emerged independently in several countries, and the latest research indicates that the virus is changing quickly (mutation) and it may continue to develop towards evading currently available vaccines. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is responsible for causing coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The mutation is an alteration in the genetic material (the genome) of […]

Bharat Biotech’s BBV154 : Intranasal Covid-19 Vaccine

Bharat Biotech’s BBV154: Bharat Biotech’s BBV154 is the first publicized attempt at getting an intranasal Covid-19 vaccine. Intranasal vaccines are most commonly administered as injectable shots into the muscles (intramuscular) or the tissue just between the skin and the muscles (subcutaneous). However, with intranasal vaccines, the solution is squirted or sprayed into the nostrils and […]

What is Vaccine Diplomacy? India’s Approach

Vaccine Diplomacy: India has decided to ship out doses of the novel coronavirus vaccine to ‘neighboring and key partner countries’. The first batches of vaccines have been already delivered to Bhutan and Maldives by special planes as a grant or gift. Vaccine Diplomacy: Vaccine diplomacy is the branch of global health diplomacy in which a […]