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The daily dose: January 27, 2022 

PT Jyothi Datta | Updated on: Jan 27, 2022

Thane: A health worker conducts Covid-19 tests at a hospital, in Thane, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (PTI Photo) (PTI01_25_2022_000093B) | Photo Credit: -

We have curated some of the top Covid-19-related stories for you

#Once in 100 years: An op-ed article in BusinessLine today highlights how the pandemic offers a once in 100 years’ opportunity to invest in health. “We must not miss it”, says the writer.

#Delta to fade away? With the spread of the Omicron variant, which is now in community transmission in India, the Delta variant will fade away, according to the latest study of the Indian Council of Medical Research.

#Infections dip: Meanwhile, 2,86,384 people tested positive for coronavirus infections in a day, and India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases rose to 4,03,71,500, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death toll has climbed to 4,91,700 with 573 fresh fatalities.

#Antibody cocktails in a spot of bother: An antibody cocktail that held out promise as a single shot to prevent the worsening of Covid in high-risk people with mild to moderate symptoms, has seen its use getting further restricted by the United States Food and Drug Administration against the Omicron variant.

#Apps weed out misinformation: One of the greatest threats during this pandemic, apart from the virus, of course, is misinformation. And to weed it out, a team of citizen volunteers in Chennai created free apps with helpful information.

#UK unmasks: Coronavirus restrictions including mandatory face masks were lifted in England on Thursday, after Britain’s government said its vaccine booster rollout successfully reduced serious illness and CovidO19 hospitalisations.

#Vaccine awards: Six businesspersons were conferred with the Padma Bhushan by the government, including Cyrus Poonawalla of Serum Institute, and Krishna and Suchitra Ella of Bharat Biotech - recognised for their contribution of developing vaccines to fight the Covid pandemic.

#Dominant Omicron: Over 21 million new coronavirus cases were reported around the world last week, representing the highest number of weekly cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the World Health Organisation. The global health body also emphasised that the Omicron variant is becoming dominant due to its significant growth advantage.

#Waiting for school to reopen: Tejasvi Bhonsle mentors children aged around 11, studying in Std VI. Much like everywhere in the world today, her class is online, with students crammed into tiny “boxes” on her screen over a Whatsapp call.

#Losing steam: The Covid-19 booster drive in US is losing steam, worrying health experts who have pleaded with Americans to get an extra shot to shore up their protection against the highly contagious Omicron variant. Just 40 per cent of fully-vaccinated Americans have received a booster dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the average number of booster shots dispensed per day in US has plummeted.

#Reformulated vaccine: Pfizer is enrolling healthy adults to test a reformulated Covid-19 vaccine that matches the hugely contagious Omicron variant, to see how it compares with the original shots. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announced the study on Tuesday.

#Budgeting for healthcare in a pandemic: Tune in to a snapshot on what different stakeholders seek from the government.

Published on January 27, 2022
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