The Daily Dose: January 27, 2022

#Once every 100 years: An opinion piece in Activity area today highlights how the pandemic offers a unique opportunity to invest in health once every 100 years. “You must not miss it”, says the writer.

#Delta to disappear? With the spread of the Omicron variant, which is now in community transmission in India, the Delta variant will disappear, according to the latest study from the Indian Council of Medical Research.

#Dive in infections: Meanwhile, 2,86,384 people tested positive for coronavirus infections in one day, and the total number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 4,03 71,500, according to data from the Ministry of Health of Union updates Thursday. The death toll rose to 4,91,700 with 573 new fatalities.

#Antibody cocktails in a hassle-free place: An antibody cocktail that was shaping up to be a one-shot deal to prevent Covid from getting worse in high-risk people with mild to moderate symptoms, has seen its use further restricted by the US Food and Drug Administration. United against the Omicron variant.

#apps eliminate misinformation: One of the biggest threats during this pandemic, aside from the virus, of course, is misinformation. And to eliminate them, a team of citizen volunteers from Chennai have created free apps with useful information.

#UK unmasks: Coronavirus restrictions, including mandatory face masks, were lifted in England on Thursday, after the British government said its vaccine booster rollout had succeeded in reducing serious illnesses and hospitalizations from CovidO19.

#Vaccine Rewards: Six businessmen have been conferred with the Padma Bhushan by the government, including Cyrus Poonawalla from the Serum Institute, and Krishna and Suchitra Ella from Bharat Biotech – recognized for their contribution to the development of vaccines to fight the Covid pandemic.

#Omicron dominating: More than 21 million new cases of coronavirus were reported worldwide last week, the highest number of weekly cases recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the World Health Organization. The global health body also pointed out that the Omicron variant is becoming dominant due to its significant growth advantage.

#While waiting for the reopening of the school: Tejasvi Bhonsle supervises children aged around 11, studying in Std VI. Much like everywhere in the world today, her class is online, with students crammed into tiny “boxes” on her screen via Whatsapp call.

#Get out of steam: The US Covid-19 recall campaign is running out of steam, worrying health experts who have pleaded with Americans to get an extra shot to boost their protection against the highly contagious Omicron variant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 40% of fully vaccinated Americans have received a booster dose. And the average number of reminders distributed per day in the United States has dropped.

#Reformulated vaccine: Pfizer is recruiting healthy adults to test a reformulated Covid-19 vaccine that matches the highly contagious variant of Omicron, to see how it compares to the original shots. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announced the study on Tuesday.

#Healthcare budgeting in times of a pandemic: Tune in to an overview of what different stakeholders expect from government.

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January 27, 2022

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