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WHO's advisory group to meet on 26 October to consider emergency use for Covaxin
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WHO's advisory group to meet on 26 October to consider emergency use for Covaxin

Taking to Twitter, Swaminathan said the WHO has been working closely with Bharat Biotech to complete the dossier.

'Will go a long way': WHO chief scientist welcomes India's decision to resume COVID-19 vaccine exports
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'Will go a long way': WHO chief scientist welcomes India's decision to resume COVID-19 vaccine exports

"COVAX welcomes the decision to restart Covid vaccine exports. Will go a long way to achieve global Vaccine Equity," Soumya Swaminathan said in a tweet.

India may have reached COVID endemicity, says WHO's Soumya Swaminathan
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India may have reached COVID endemicity, says WHO's Soumya Swaminathan

On the prevalence of COVID-19 among children, Swaminathan said parents need not panic

Decision on emergency use listing of Covaxin likely in 4-6 weeks, says WHO chief scientist
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Decision on emergency use listing of Covaxin likely in 4-6 weeks, says WHO chief scientist

Soumya Swaminathan said Bharat Biotech has now started uploading data on the WHO portal and Covaxin is the next vaccine that will be reviewed by the health body's experts committee

Benefits of opening COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women outweigh theoretical risks, here's why
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Benefits of opening COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women outweigh theoretical risks, here's why

The health ministry factsheet says that "the vaccines available are safe and vaccination protects pregnant women against COVID-19 like other individuals"

You have to learn from history, but we don't seem to, says WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan
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You have to learn from history, but we don't seem to, says WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan

She watched HIV patients die horrible deaths when treatments were already available in the West.

Goa prescribes Ivermectin for all above 18 to fight COVID-19 even as experts flag concern: All you need to know
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Goa prescribes Ivermectin for all above 18 to fight COVID-19 even as experts flag concern: All you need to know

Ivermectin is an oral drug used to treat parasitic infections. The World Health Organisation has warned against the general use of Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19

WHO top scientist lauds India's capacity to innovate, produce vaccines at Global Bio-India 2021
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WHO top scientist lauds India's capacity to innovate, produce vaccines at Global Bio-India 2021

The three-day Global Bio-India 2021 was inaugurated Monday by Harsh Vardhan, the minister of Science & Technology, and Health & Family Welfare.

WHO recognises 'concerning news' of COVID-19 vaccines not working against variants
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WHO recognises 'concerning news' of COVID-19 vaccines not working against variants

Booster shots will likely be needed, since new virus variants are spreading globally and likely to become the predominant strains.

WHO's COVAX facility aims to have 500 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses ready by early 2021
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WHO's COVAX facility aims to have 500 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses ready by early 2021

Pfizer and BioNtech are currently in late stages of talks with the WHO to join the COVAX vaccine alliance.

India's COVID-19 testing rate lower compared to other nations, says WHO chief scientist
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India's COVID-19 testing rate lower compared to other nations, says WHO chief scientist

Apart from this, Soumya Swaminathan added that so far 28 COVID-19 vaccine candidates across the world are under clinical trial

COVID-19 herd immunity will take time, easier to achieve with vaccine, says WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan
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COVID-19 herd immunity will take time, easier to achieve with vaccine, says WHO’s Soumya Swaminathan

The chief scientist at the global health body said that more waves of coronavirus would be required to get to a stage of natural immunity

Despite thriving during COVID-19 pandemic, chess will not remain online for long, says FIDE official Emil Sutovsky
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Despite thriving during COVID-19 pandemic, chess will not remain online for long, says FIDE official Emil Sutovsky

Sutovsky also said India was a key partner in the growth of chess and added that there was a need to popularise the sport at the school level

R Praggnanandhaa, D Gukesh among grandmasters scheduled to compete in Indian Chess League
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R Praggnanandhaa, D Gukesh among grandmasters scheduled to compete in Indian Chess League

A total of 10 teams will take part in the tournament which will see the participation of over 25 Indian Grandmasters.

No place for religious or cultural codes in sports, says Indian chess Grand Master Soumya Swaminathan on pulling out from Iran event
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No place for religious or cultural codes in sports, says Indian chess Grand Master Soumya Swaminathan on pulling out from Iran event

This is not the first time that Soumya has played in Iran. She had also played in 2011 in Iran when she was 22 years old and had then worn a headscarf.

Soumya Swaminathan's decision to opt out of Asian Nations Cup in Iran is personal call that doesn't warrant politicisation
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Soumya Swaminathan's decision to opt out of Asian Nations Cup in Iran is personal call that doesn't warrant politicisation

Soumya Swaminathan would be wishing that she made a personal decision, that it would be respected as such and best left at that.

Indian grandmaster Soumya Swaminathan says she believes in all religions but it shouldn't be mixed with sports
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Indian grandmaster Soumya Swaminathan says she believes in all religions but it shouldn't be mixed with sports

Soumya Swaminathan opted out of the Asian Team Chess championship after she found out about the organisers' instruction of 'compulsory headscarf'.

India chess star Soumya Swaminathan pulls out of event in Iran over compulsory-headscarf rule
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India chess star Soumya Swaminathan pulls out of event in Iran over compulsory-headscarf rule

India's chess Grandmaster Soumya Swaminathan has withdrawn from the Asian Team Chess Championship, set to be held in Iran from 26 July 26 to 4 August, over the compulsory-headscarf rule in the country.

Centre allows Soumya Swaminathan to take over as Deputy Director General at WHO
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Centre allows Soumya Swaminathan to take over as Deputy Director General at WHO

The Centre has cleared Soumya Swaminathan, Director General (DG) of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), to take up foreign assignment as a Deputy Director General at the World Health Organisation (WHO) for about two years.

ICMR's new regional centre in Gorakhpur to be operational soon, will conduct research on encephalitis
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ICMR's new regional centre in Gorakhpur to be operational soon, will conduct research on encephalitis

The ICMR is likely to get a new regional centre in Gorakhpur soon, to carry out research on Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) child mortality and malnutrition