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1 India achieves milestone of 50 crores COVID-19 Sample Testing 19/08/2021
2 India achieves milestone of 40 crores COVID-19 Sample Testing : Number of Covid-19 testing laboratories at more than 2600 26/06/2021
3 Phase 3 Clinical Trial of COVAXIN, developed by ICMR & Bharat Biotech, shows 81% efficacy 03/03/2021
4 Press Statement by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) on Restricted Emergency approval of COVID-19 virus vaccine 03/01/2021
5 COVISHIELD Completes Enrolment of Phase III clinical trials under partnership of ICMR and Serum Institute of India 12/11/2020
6 India achieves the milestone of 10 crores COVID-19 Sample Testing 22/10/2020
7 Interim Results from Solidarity Trial, led by ICMR and WHO, Answers Critical Questions about COVID-19 Therapeutics 16/10/2020
8 ICMR organizes webinar on “Gandhi’s Perspective in Relevance to Health Crisis” 02/10/2020
9 Health Minister Releases Revised Nutrient Requirements and Report on India's Dietary Patterns 28/09/2020
10 Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Unveils ICMR History Timeline at New Delhi, Headquarters 28/09/2020
11 ICMR's Mobile Stroke Care Unit for North East Region inaugurated 28/09/2020
12 Dedicated Vaccine Portal and National Clinical Registry of COVID-19 launched 28/09/2020
13 India crosses 6 crores Covid-19 sample testing : Last 2 crores sample testing was achieved in only 20 days; Number of Covid-19 testing laboratories stands at 1751 17/09/2020
14 ICMR launches free ICMR – NvCCP Online Prescribing Skills Course 2020 for Indian Medical Graduates (IMG) 17/09/2020
15 India crosses 5 crores sample testing : Last one crores sample testing was achieved in only 10 days; Number of Covid-19 testing laboratories stands at 1668 08/09/2020
16 In the fight against COVID-19, India scales a new peak in daily testing, achieves record 10 lakhs test per day 22/08/2020
17 Leading global scientists and vaccine experts call for more innovation in efforts to control COVID-19 30/07/2020
18 ICMR process to develop vaccine to fight Covid 19 pandemic as per globally accepted norms of fast tracking
Safety and interest of people of India the topmost priority
19 World Health Organization endores Truenat tests for initial diagnosis of tuberculosis and detection of Rifampicin Resistance 02/07/2020
20 ICMR advises States to conduct sero-survey to measure Coronavirus exposure in the population using IgG ELISA Test 30/05/2020
21 ICMR validates completely indigenous diagnostic platform for COVID-19 diagnosis 21/05/2020
22 How India ramped up COVID-19 testing capacity 20/05/2020
23 ICMR-NIV Pune develops and validates the indigenous IgG ELISA test "COVID KAVACH ELISA" for antibody detection for COVID-19 14/05/2020
24 ICMR is partnering in WHO Global Solidarity Trial for Treatment of COVID-19: Being rolled out on fast-track 13/05/2020
25 National community based sero-survey for COVID-19 12/05/2020
26 District level Facility based surveillance for COVID-19 12/05/2020
27 First comprehensive estimates of district-level trends of child mortality and child growth failure in India from 2000 to 2017 & key findings from GBD India CM and CGF papers 12/05/2020
28 Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) partners with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) for developing indigenous COVID-19 vaccine 09/05/2020
29 ICMR scales up its capacity to fight COVID-19 06/04/2020
30 Fast Track Approval for Indian COVID-19 testing kits for commercial use 23/03/2020
31 ICMR Initiated sentinel Surveillance to detect community transmission of COVID-19 19/03/2020
32 ICMR enables more laboratories to test for COVID-19 and revises the criteria for testing 17/03/2020
33 India is the 5th Country Globally to isolate the COVID-19 Virus Strain 13/03/2020
34 Suspected COVID-19 patient in West Bengal found negative 09/03/2020
35 COVID-19 Laboratory Preparedness in India 06/03/2020


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1 e-Samvaad : India@75: Medical Research on path to fulfill Healthcare vision (English) August, 2022
2 ई-संवाद : इंडिया@75: स्वास्थ्य सेवा के सपने को साकार करने की दिशा में चिकित्सा अनुसंधान (हिन्दी) August, 2022
3 e-Samvaad : ICMR again at the forefront of Fighting Monkey Fox Virus (English) July, 2022
4 ई-संवाद : मंकीफॉक्स वायरस से लड़ने में आईसीएमआर-एनआईवी फिर से सबसे आगे (हिन्दी) July, 2022
5 e-Samvaad : Health literacy Crucial during Pandemic Situation (English) June, 2022
6 ई-संवाद : महामारी की स्थिति के दौरान स्वास्थ्य साक्षरता महत्वपूर्ण (हिन्दी) June, 2022
7 e-Samvaad : Hypertension control should be a National priority to reduce cardiovascular disease deaths (English) May, 2022
8 ई-संवाद : हृदय रोग से होने वाली मौतों को कम करने के लिए उच्च रक्तचाप नियंत्रण राष्ट्रीय प्राथमिकता होनी चाहिए (हिन्दी) May, 2022
9 e-Samvaad : ICMR’s resilience and dedication towards improving public healthcare (English) April, 2022
10 ई-संवाद : सार्वजनिक स्वास्थ्य सेवा में सुधार के लिए आईसीएमआर प्रयासरत (हिन्दी) April, 2022
11 e-Samvaad : Indian Medical Research on the cusp of a major transformation (English) March, 2022
12 ई-संवाद : एक बड़े बदलाव के मुहाने पर भारतीय चिकित्सा अनुसंधान (हिन्दी) March, 2022
13 e-Samvaad : Strengthening of Medical Research Infrastructure- A step towards ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’ (English) February, 2022
14 ई-संवाद : चिकित्सा अनुसन्धान की आधारभूत संरचना को सुदृढ़ बनाना - 'आत्मनिर्भर भारत' की दिशा में एक कदम (हिन्दी) February, 2022
15 e-Samvaad : India’s Health Research Capabilities recognized during Response to COVID-19 pandemic (English) January, 2022
16 ई-संवाद : कोविद-19 महामारी के खिलाफ प्रतिक्रिया ने भारतीय स्वास्थ्य अनुसंधान को मान्यता दी (हिन्दी) January, 2022
17 e-Samvaad : Building World Class Infrastructure & Embracing Technology will bolster Response to Future Pandemic (English) December, 2021
18 ई-संवाद : विश्वस्तरीय बुनियादी ढांचे के निर्माण और प्रौद्योगिकी को अपनाने से भविस्य की महामारी से निपटने में मिलेगी मदद (हिन्दी) December, 2021
19 e-Samvaad : World Health Organisation approval for COVAXIN - A path breaking moment for India (English) November, 2021
20 ई-संवाद : "कोवैक्सिन" को विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन की मंजूरी - भारत के लिए नई राह दिखाने वाला क्षण (हिन्दी) November, 2021
21 e-Samvaad : 100 Crore Vaccination Milestone – India’s response lays the foundation for a healthier tomorrow and an ATMANIRBHAR INDIA (English) October, 2021
22 ई-संवाद : 100 करोड़ टीकाकरण - भारत की ठोस प्रतिक्रिया - एक स्वस्थ कल और एक आत्मानिर्भर भारत की नींव प्रदान करता है (हिन्दी) October, 2021
23 e-Samvaad : Independence Day Special Edition (English) August, 2021
24 e-Samvaad : India@75 - ICMR’s glorious journey of past and present continues with significant achievements (English) August, 2021
25 ई-संवाद : भारत@75 - आईसीएमआर का अतीत और वर्तमान का गौरवशाली सफ़र महत्वपूर्ण उपलब्धियों के साथ जारी (हिन्दी) August, 2021
26 e-Samvaad : Pandemic management to continue along with work on other diseases (English) July, 2021
27 ई-संवाद : अन्य बीमारियों के साथ-साथ जारी रहेगा कोरोना महामारी प्रबंधन का काम (हिन्दी) July, 2021
28 e-Samvaad : Role of evidence-based and well-researched guidance is vital in defeating the pandemic (English) May, 2021
29 ई-संवाद : साक्ष्य-आधारित शोध की भूमिका महामारी को हराने में महत्वपूर्ण मार्गदर्शन (हिन्दी) May, 2021
30 e-Samvaad : Together, Let us fight against COVID-19 pandemic (English) April, 2021
31 ई-संवाद : आइए हम सब मिलकर कोविड-19 महामारी के खिलाफ लड़ें (हिन्दी) April, 2021
32 e-Samvaad : Women Warriors of ICMR - Women scientists leading India’s fight against COVID-19 (English) March, 2021
33 ई-संवाद : आईसीएमआर की महिला वॉरियर्स - कोविड-19 के खिलाफ भारत की लड़ाई मे अग्रणी महिला वैज्ञानिक(हिन्दी) March, 2021
34 e-Samvaad : India’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic in crucial stage (English) March, 2021
35 ई-संवाद : महत्वपूर्ण चरण में कोविड-19 महामारी के खिलाफ भारत की लड़ाई (हिन्दी) March, 2021
36 e-Samvaad : Budget 2021- Preparing India to tackle future health crisis (English) February, 2021
37 ई-संवाद : बजट 2021- भविष्य के स्वास्थ्य संकट से निपटने के लिए भारत को तैयार करेगा(हिन्दी) February, 2021
38 e-Samvaad : A year-long stint of India with COVID-19: challenges and achievements (English) January, 2021
39 ई-संवाद : भारत मे कोविड-19 के एक साल: चुनौतियां और उपलब्धियां (हिन्दी) January, 2021
40 e-Samvaad : The beginning of an end of COVID-19 pandemic (English) December, 2020
41 ई-संवाद : कोविड-19 महामारी के अंत की शुरुआत (हिन्दी) December, 2020
42 e-Samvaad : Effective vaccine will be turning point in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic (English) November, 2020
43 ई-संवाद : प्रभावी टीका कोविड -19 महामारी के खिलाफ लड़ाई मे होगा महत्वपूर्ण साबित (हिन्दी) November, 2020
44 e-Samvaad : Collaboration and Innovation alone will help defeat COVID-19 pandemic (English) October, 2020
45 ई-संवाद : सहयोग और नवाचार के दम पर जीतेंगे कोविड -19 से लड़ाई (हिन्दी) October, 2020
46 e-Samvaad : ICMR’s war against coronavirus continues with significant success (English) September, 2020
47 ई-संवाद : कोरोना वायरस के विरूद्ध आईसीएमआर का युद्ध सार्थकता और सफलता के साथ जारी हैं (हिन्दी) September, 2020
48 e-Samvaad : ICMR scripting history in combating Covid-19 pandemic in India (English) August, 2020
49 ई-संवाद : कोविड -19 महामारी का मुकाबला करने मे आईसीएमआर रच राहा है इतिहास (हिन्दी) August, 2020
50 e-Samvaad : ICMR breaks the global perception in war against COVID-19 (English) July, 2020
51 ई-संवाद : आईसीएमआर के सार्थक प्रयास से बदली वैश्विक धरना (हिन्दी) July, 2020
52 e-Samvaad : Indian Council of Medical Research (English) June, 2020
53 ई-संवाद : भारतीय आयुर्विज्ञान अनुसंधान परिषद (हिन्दी) June, 2020


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1 IN CONVERSATION "Handwashing, physical disctancing and use of mask in public and workplaces will help us to overcome this difficult time" - Prof. (Dr) Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR 24/06/2020*
2 साक्षात्कार "वैक्सीन न बन जाये जब तक, जरूरी सावधानियां बरते तब तक!" - प्रो (डॉ) बलराम भार्गव, महानिदेशक, आईसीएमआर 24/06/2020*
3 MAKING RESEARCH ATMANIRBHAR - We need an enabling ecosystem for development of vaccines, studies on new diseases 04/06/2020
4 Plasma therapy is no silver bullet - To recommend it without undertaking a robust scientific study may cause more harm than good 01/05/2020
5 Prepared for the coronavirus - India has responded in many ways to contain the epidemic 11/02/2020


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1 Release of a book 'Going Viral: Making of Covaxin: The Inside Story' authored by Prof (Dr) Balram Bhargava, Secretary-DHR and DG ICMR
2 COVID-19 Lab at National AIDS Research Institute (NARI), Pune
3 Launch of High throughput COVID-19 Testing Facilities at ICMR's National Institutes at Mumbai, Kolkata and Noida on 27th July 2020 by Hon'ble Prome Minister
4 Data entry for Antigen based testing
5 COVID-19 Testing and Biosafety Practices developed by ICMR - National Institute of Virology, Pune
6 ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre, Gorakhpur COVID-19 Lab work
7 ICMR-National Institute of Research In Tribal Health, Jabalpur COVID-19 Testing Lab
8 ICMR-NIRRH, Mumbai Central Depot for COVID-19 Reagents
9 ICMR-NIRRH, Mumbai COVID-19 Testing and Reporting
10 NIB, Noida and ICMR, New Delhi jointly setup a Lab for COVID-19 testing
11 ICMR-NIOH, Ahmedabad COVID-19 Testing Lab
*Date of Publishing on Website

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