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Is coronavirus a biological warfare agent released by China?

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New alcohol-free sanitizer on the way--India Science Wire
By India Science Wire

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Hand sanitizer developed by Weinnovate Biosolutions

An alcohol-free, aqueous, non-inflammable, and non-toxic hand sanitizer has been developed by a Pune-based start-up that will soon be available in the market. It is environment friendly and gentle on the hands and has been derived from silver nanoparticles.

The hand sanitizer has been developed by Weinnovate Biosolutions. The slow-release silver nanoparticles prolong antimicrobial activity thus obviating the need for repeated applications. It has cleared Central Drugs Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) approved clinical trial for the hand sanitizer and demonstrated high efficiency in killing viruses.

Weinnovate Biosolutions was supported by CAWACH (Centre for Augmenting War with COVID-19 Health Crisis) 2020 grant from the National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB) under the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the project was incubated at Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Pune.

An alcohol-free, aqueous, non-inflammable, and non-toxic hand sanitizer has been developed by a Pune-based start-up that will soon be available in the market. It is environment friendly and gentle on the hands and has been derived from silver nanoparticles.
Co-founder and COO of Weinnovate Biosolutions Dr. Anupama Engineer says- “We are very confident of the study outcomes and waiting to get the license for our hand sanitizer formulation from CDSCO, India. We are sure that such innovation will push India towards its 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' mission and make India a self-sustained nation to face such pandemics in future.”

“A study to evaluate the efficacy of hand sanitizer on different types of viruses is also currently underway,” she added.

Recurrent drying up of hands due to repeated application of hand sanitizers is a challenge that people have faced during the COVID 19 pandemic. The startup has developed a colloidal silver solution-based hand sanitizer. The technology operates on the ability of the silver nanoparticles to prevent the synthesis of viral negative-strand RNA and viral budding.

Silver nanoparticles are effective antiviral that acts against many deadly viruses like HIV, Hepatitis B, Herpes simplex virus, Influenza virus, and so on. Recent reports have suggested the role of Glutathione capped-Ag2S NCs that is silver nano clusters, in inhibiting the proliferation of coronavirus by preventing the synthesis of viral negative-strand RNA and viral budding. The colloidal silver, on which the technology of the sanitizers is based, can help arrest COVID -19 spread by blocking the RNA replication and surface glycoproteins.

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India's ZyCoV-D set to become world's first DNA Covid vaccine as govt approval likely soon


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New Delhi: ZyCoV-D, the DNA vaccine against Covid-19 developed by Gujarat-based company Zydus Cadila, could be on its way to becoming the first approved DNA Covid vaccine in the world. The company has told the Government of India that it would be ready with an emergency use authorisation application within the next 10-12 days.
A DNA vaccine carries into the body the genetic code for that part of a virus that triggers the immune system of the body. The message is decoded using the host cell’s own machinery to produce that antigen and stimulate the immune system. This ensures that later on when an actual infection occurs and the SARS-CoV2 enters the body, the immune system is already prepped to recognise it and knows what are the most effective ways to fight it.
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What can one say about such people?




You are too soft hearted. These are people who enjoyed death porn while Delta variant was ravaging India.
I already posted the video, do you think I have sympathy for muzzies? They attack Kuffars and when they retalliate, it becomes Islamophobia and Hindutva Fascism.
 

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India's ZyCoV-D set to become world's first DNA Covid vaccine as govt approval likely soon


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New Delhi: ZyCoV-D, the DNA vaccine against Covid-19 developed by Gujarat-based company Zydus Cadila, could be on its way to becoming the first approved DNA Covid vaccine in the world. The company has told the Government of India that it would be ready with an emergency use authorisation application within the next 10-12 days.
A DNA vaccine carries into the body the genetic code for that part of a virus that triggers the immune system of the body. The message is decoded using the host cell’s own machinery to produce that antigen and stimulate the immune system. This ensures that later on when an actual infection occurs and the SARS-CoV2 enters the body, the immune system is already prepped to recognise it and knows what are the most effective ways to fight it.
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I think wrong news as first DNA based anti COVID vaccine. Bharat Biotech and SII are also DNA based
 

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This is exactly what should happen.
When gov oversees a law or a event they should think about all the strategies that the opposition can come up with and plug all holes before they can be exploited.

Stay 10 steps ahead.

 

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So the 'experts' admit third wave is a foregone conclusion. Maha and Kerala already showing signs.
Yes by July, you will have large number of cases in Maha and Kerala.

Since the GoI doesn't have brains or guts, they will not seal off these states and the new variant will be spread throughout the country resulting in the third wave.

I hope sane states ban travels from these two or at the very least demand strict quarantines.

The only good thing about an early third wave is there would have been less time for complacency to set in and fools to engage in reckless behaviour.
 

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Ministry of Education releases the Guidelines for parent participation in home-based learning during school closure and beyond

Emphasizes on the need to create a safe, engaging and a positive learning environment


Posted On: 19 JUN 2021 2:10PM by PIB Delhi



The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education today released the Guidelines for Parent Participation in Home-based Learning during school closure and beyond.


'Guidelines for parent participation in home-based learning during school closure & beyond' drafted for parents & caregivers to provide information on the 'Why', 'What' & 'How-to' of participation in supporting children during school closure, irrespective of literacy levels.(1/2) pic.twitter.com/CnHaPJsdAB
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) June 19, 2021
Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank' in his tweet said that in this ‘new normal’ of the pandemic, considering parents' role as pivotal to children's growth and learning, theseGuidelines aim to provide information on the ‘why’, ‘what’, and ‘how-to’ of participation and engagement in supporting children during the school closure, irrespective of their literacy levels. Home is the first school, and parents are the first teachers, he added.


The guidelines on home based learning emphasize on the need for parents to create a safe and engaging environment and a positive learning environment, have realistic expectations from the child, take care of health and eat healthy, while at the same time having fun with children. These guidelines are meant not only for parents but also for caregivers, other family members, grandparents, community members, older siblings who all are engaged in promoting the welfare of children.


The guidelines provide many simple tips for parents and others to facilitate children in Home based learning. These suggestive activities are in accordance with the various stages of school education as per NEP 2020. Age-appropriate art activities have been categorized on basis of 5+3+3+4 system viz Foundation Stage (Age 3-8yrs); Preparatory Stage (Age 8-11 yrs); Middle Stage (Age 11-14yrs); and Secondary Stage: From Adolescent to Adult age (Age 14-18 years). The activities are simple and suggestive, which can be adapted and adopted to local needs and contexts.The Guidelines appreciate the role of Art as a therapy for children under stress or trauma.


The Guidelines lay significance on improving children's learning by monitoring and addressing their learning gaps. Collaboration of parents with teachers in documenting and reflecting on the progress that children are making in their learning is important for both teachers and parents.


The Guidelines also advise the schools to involve parents by providing information and ideas on helping students at home with homework and other curriculum-related activities, decisions, and planning, and involving them in school decisions. Resources like sending Newsletters, emails, memos, etc. may be provided to parents.


Resources have been made available for Children with special needs which may be explored by the parents. They can approach teachers for guidance in this regard. There are other agencies, and organizations that provide facilitates Information about such avenues that could be sought from SMCs/Gram Panchayat, school administrators etc.


A separate chapter has been included in the Guidelines for supporting parents with low/no literacy. Schools, teachers and volunteers may take the suggestive steps to provide support to low-literacy parents.


Click here to see the guidelines
 

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SENSIT Rapid COVID-19 Ag Kit


Posted On: 19 JUN 2021 9:19AM by PIB Delhi



The entire world has been severely affected with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The severity of symptoms that occur during the COVID-19 infection can range from undetectable to life-threatening. The quick testing procedure involves antigen testing which provides the result for hundreds of samples within a short span of time. The efforts of the Government of India have been commendable for making such rapid tests accessible and available to the citizens of our country. Several innovators and entrepreneurs have been working tirelessly for developing accurate, affordable and accessible testing kits for not only providing aid to the healthcare workers in such tough times for easy detection but also for boosting the biotechnology ecosystem in India.


Under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Consortium, DBT-BIRAC supported product ‘SENSIT Rapid COVID-19 Ag kit’ has been developed by Ubio Biotechnology Systems Pvt. Ltd. for qualitative detection of SARS CoV-2 Nucleocapsid Protein with an assay time of 15 minutes. The samples are collected using nasopharyngeal swabs from the suspected individual. This ICMR approved kit is a chromatographic immunoassay, which allows the healthcare personnel to visually read the test result. The test works on the principle of sandwich immunoassay and utilizes a pair of monoclonal antibodies which when bound to COVID-19 specific antigen, result in the appearance of a coloured line. The kit exhibits sensitivity and specificity of 86% and 100%, respectively and has a shelf life of 24 months. SENSIT Rapid COVID-19 Ag Kit has been successfully commercialised.


Such quick tests allow healthcare professionals to detect infected individuals quickly, saving their time and allowing them to provide better advice and treatment to the infected individual.


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The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), under the Ministry of Science and Technology, promotes the growth and application of biotechnology in agriculture, healthcare, animal sciences, the environment, and industry in India.
 

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New Software helps identify patients likely to require ventilator support thus detecting emergency & ICU needs early


Posted On: 19 JUN 2021 9:05AM by PIB Delhi



A software can now identify patients likely to require ventilator support in an ICU and referral in time and make necessary arrangements before emergency sets in. The software called Covid Severity Score (CSS) Software consists of an algorithm that measures a set of parameters. It scores each against a pre-set dynamic algorithm multiple times for each patient and allocates a Covid Severity Score (CSS) mapping it in a graphical trend.


The technology is being used in three community Covid care centres at Kolkata and suburbs including a 100-bed government mandated Covid care centre at Barrackpore, Kolkata.


Sudden ICU and other emergency requirements during the pandemic have been a challenge for hospitals to manage. Timely information about such situations would help manage the health crisis better.


The Foundation For Innovations In Health, Kolkata with support from the Science for Equity, Empowerment and Development (SEED) division of the Department of Science & Technology, GoI in collaboration with IIT Guwahati, Dr. Kevin Dhaliwal, University of Edinburgh and Dr. Sayantan Bandopadhyay, formerly WHO (SE Asia Regional Office), have developed an algorithm that measures symptoms, signs, vital parameters, test reports and comorbidities of the COVID positive patient and scores each against a pre-set dynamic algorithm thus allocating a Covid Severity Score (CSS). This technology has been made available at primary care e-Health clinics in resource poor settings through SEED Project support.


Frontline Health Workers trained in National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) aligned model and certified by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Government of India are trained to record all these parameters in a tablet computer which has the software loaded in it.


The ‘CSS’ is regularly monitored multiple times by ‘remote’ specialist doctors thus reducing the doctor’s consultation time per patient and reducing the doctors travel requirement. It can help early identification of patients likely to require ventilator support in an ICU and referral, reduce hospital referral for those unlikely to require critical care support, thus releasing more hospital beds in circulation. It will also help in providing monitored medical support to those patients who cannot afford treatment or cannot isolate at home due to poor housing conditions. The facility can be a huge support for ‘Covid Care Centres’ with beds and oxygen support only but no facility for invasive ventilation.


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