All viruses – including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 – evolve over time.
When a virus replicates or makes copies of itself, it sometimes changes a little bit,
which is normal for a virus. These changes are called “mutations”.
As COVID-19 spreads around the world, we are working to lessen its impact.
Our experts are partnering with governments to establish emergency operations
centers; advise on testing, treating, and managing the outbreak; and stand up
digital and data systems that support real-time disease surveillance.
The pandemic that changed everything left its mark on education
when that hub of social contact, the classroom, fell prey to social
distancing. Now, with the new academic year commencing for most schools
and colleges in India, it’s #BackToSchoolOnline.
Over 29 crore tests have been conducted so far while the cumulative pasitivity rate has
increased to 6.74 percent.
Two vaccines that have been granted emergency use authorization by the
Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in India are Covishield®
(AstraZeneca's vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin®
(manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited).
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been playing a key role in prevention and
control of COVID-19
pandemic. In the process, ICMR has collaborated with different research Institutes and
medical colleges that
have been working towards the similar goal.
The Subject Expert Committee of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) met on
1st and 2nd January, 2021 and made recommendations in respect of proposal for Restricted
Emergency Approval of COVID-19 virus vaccine of M/s Serum Institute of India and M/s Bharat
Biotech as well as Phase III clinical trial of M/s Cadila Healthcare Ltd.
The new coronavirus is officially called SARS-CoV-2, which stands for severe acute
respiratory syndrome coronavirus
2. An infection with this virus can lead to coronavirus disease 19, or COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2
is related to the coronavirus SARS-CoV,
which caused another kind of coronavirus disease in 2002 to 2003.