Press Release

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1 Leading global scientists and vaccine experts call for more innovation in efforts to control COVID-19 30/07/2020
2 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
3 World Health Organization endores Truenat tests for initial diagnosis of tuberculosis and detection of Rifampicin Resistance 02/07/2020
4 ICMR advises States to conduct sero-survey to measure Coronavirus exposure in the population using IgG ELISA Test 30/05/2020
5 ICMR validates completely indigenous diagnostic platform for COVID-19 diagnosis 21/05/2020
6 How India ramped up COVID-19 testing capacity 20/05/2020
7 ICMR-NIV Pune develops and validates the indigenous IgG ELISA test "COVID KAVACH ELISA" for antibody detection for COVID-19 14/05/2020
8 ICMR is partnering in WHO Global Solidarity Trial for Treatment of COVID-19: Being rolled out on fast-track 13/05/2020
9 National community based sero-survey for COVID-19 12/05/2020
10 District level Facility based surveillance for COVID-19 12/05/2020
11 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
12 Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) partners with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) for developing indigenous COVID-19 vaccine 09/05/2020
13 ICMR scales up its capacity to fight COVID-19 06/04/2020
14 Fast Track Approval for Indian COVID-19 testing kits for commercial use 23/03/2020
15 ICMR Initiated sentinel Surveillance to detect community transmission of COVID-19 19/03/2020
16 ICMR enables more laboratories to test for COVID-19 and revises the criteria for testing 17/03/2020
17 India is the 5th Country Globally to isolate the COVID-19 Virus Strain 13/03/2020
18 Suspected COVID-19 patient in West Bengal found negative 09/03/2020
19 COVID-19 Laboratory Preparedness in India 06/03/2020


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1 e-Samvaad : Indian Council of Medical Research (English) June, 2020
2 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 COVID-19 Lab at National AIDS Research Institute (NARI), Pune
2 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
3 Data entry for Antigen based testing
4 COVID-19 Testing and Biosafety Practices developed by ICMR - National Institute of Virology, Pune
5 ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre, Gorakhpur COVID-19 Lab work
6 ICMR-National Institute of Research In Tribal Health, Jabalpur COVID-19 Testing Lab
7 ICMR-NIRRH, Mumbai Central Depot for COVID-19 Reagents
8 ICMR-NIRRH, Mumbai COVID-19 Testing and Reporting
9 NIB, Noida and ICMR, New Delhi jointly setup a Lab for COVID-19 testing
10 ICMR-NIOH, Ahmedabad COVID-19 Testing Lab
*Date of Publishing on Website

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