‘Misinterpretation of data can cause problems if used to plan health policies’, Health News, ET HealthWorld

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Epidemiologists point out that in that case, officials should have divided the tally with the dosage target, which is twice the population because everyone gets two doses of the vaccine. The target dosage, in that case, would have been 16%, just half of what the government’s claim. This is because less than 2 crore of the 12-crore doses were administered until July 20.

“This is needless misinterpretation of data, which can cause serious problems when the data is used to plan health policies, including unlocking strategies and preventive steps against the anticipated third wave,” said public health expert R Sunderraman, former director of the National Health Systems Resource Centre. “Everyone knows there is a vaccine shortage. What is wrong in saying the exact number?” he said.

Data reporting gets worse when the DPH uses an unscientific method of adding serosurvey results to spruce up the number of people with antibodies. Two doses of the vaccine help people develop artificially-induced antibodies that give them protection against the virus. But people who are naturally infected also develop these antibodies. The state has done three serosurveys to measure antibodies in people. The first survey, done in 2020 before the

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Genes2me launches RTPCR testing lab in Gurgaon, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Genomics-focused diagnostic company Genes2Me on Thursday launched its high throughput RT PCR testing lab for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases at Gurgaon.

The NABL accredited and ICMR approved lab has a current capacity of testing 15K samples a day and can deliver results within 8 – 24 hours, said the company in a statement.

Along with a walk-in facility, the company is also offering home collection and drive-through facility for sample collection at different locations.

During the launch, Neeraj Gupta, Founder, and CEO of Genes2me said, “We are happy to extend our network in the city based on the positive response we have been getting from our consumers. The constant increase of the COVID cases has raised the demand for Fully Automated Diagnostics set up to serve its community by providing fast and accurate reports. With the help of this lab, we shall be able to provide authentic, quick, and accurate diagnostic results to our consumers.”

To ensure high accuracy and quality of results, the company will only be using ICMR approved and CE-IVD certified high-quality RT PCR kits with coverage of 3 Genes specific for COVID-19 for testing. Antigen and Antibody testing for COVID-19 will also be available at

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In Pic: Arun Mehra, MD and CEO at APAC Biotech

In an interaction with ETHealthworld, Arun Mehra MD and CEO at APAC Biotech, shares the potential of dendritic cell-based personalised immunotherapy for treating cancer patients and the company’s expansion plans.

Q: How does personalised immunotherapies like APCEDEN provide significant benefit to cancer patients?
Arun Mehra: Unlike the conventional pharmaceutical products, APAC’s Personalised Immunotherapy Treatment APCEDEN, is based on utilising the body’s own immune system to fight cancer. Two individuals, suffering from the same type of cancer, may experience totally different variations of the malady and behaviour of disease progression, thus making it difficult to treat cancer and for this reason, oncology is one field where personalised medicine is evolving rapidly.

The more these treatments are tailored according to each patient, the higher are the chances for effectively treating the patient’s cancer. Personalisation – creating a specialized tailored therapy for each patient wasn’t possible before. The goal is to allow patients a prolonged pain-free time and to control the spread of the tumor.

Personalised Immunotherapies like APCEDEN have a significant advantage compared with conventional drugs: the immune cells are “smart and specific” and can actively distinguish between healthy dividing and

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Provide equal access to COVID-19 vaccines is need of the hour, Health News, ET HealthWorld

By Dr. V. Sam Prasad

With the firestorm that is COVID-19 raging throughout India and other countries, the world is in dire need of an urgent and innovative call-to-action to have a real chance at defeating the pandemic. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is spearheading Vaccinae Our World (VOW) a global initiative regardless of economic status, urge to provide equal access to COVID-19 vaccines by calling on all governments, vaccine manufacturers, and international public health institutions to protect humanity.

This ambitious but achievable call-to-action includes five primary tenets:

  • The global COVID-19 vaccination effort must secure $100 billion from G20 countries,
  • It must produce and provide seven billion vaccine doses worldwide within one year,
  • Companies and governments must waive or suspend all COVID-19 vaccine patents during the
  • pandemic,
  • Countries must also be 100% transparent in sharing information and data, and finally,
  • World leaders must promote far greater international cooperation as the driving force for
  • ending the pandemic, not continue with politics as usual.

The campaign kickstarted in India for vaccine equity and access efforts by supplying more than 66.4 million vaccines to 95 plus countries mostly as grant in aid, gifts and through COVAX facility – to countries in South Asia, Africa,

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NDA Govt giving utmost priority to medical sector, says Telangana BJP chief, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Yadadri Bhuvanagiri: The BJP-led NDA government’s utmost priority is to improve the Medical sector in the country, said Telangana BJP president and AIIMS board member, Bandi Sanjay on Sunday.

His remarks came on his visit to AIIMS Hyderabad at Bibinagar where he inaugurated the forensic medicine and technology department services.

Speaking to reporters during his visit, Sanjay said, “Improvement in the country’s medical sector is the utmost priority of the BJP-led NDA government. Every year the budget allocated to the medical sector was increased.”

He said that in the past, under the regime of Congress and other political parties, just two AIIMS were constructed in the span of 60 years, whereas under the BJP government’s rule, 21 new AIIMS have been made available to the people.

Sanjay added that in comparison to the last year’s budget allocated to the medical sector, this year’s budget has been increased by 137 per cent. “Last year, the budget allocated to the medical sector was Rs 94,452 crores, while this year’s allocation is Rs 2,23,846 crores.”

Hitting out at the Telangana government, the AIIMS board member said that no assistance has been received in establishing AIIMS in the state from the Telangana state government.

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All-women ‘pink booth’ for COVID-19 vaccination set up at J-K’s Udhampur district hospital, Health News, ET HealthWorld

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Udhampur: An all-women COVID-19 vaccination centre called ‘pink booth’ has been established in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district hospital.

In a bid to expand the immunisation coverage and draw women to receive the vaccine, the health authorities in Udhampur prioritised vaccination for them.

This dedicated booth is said to fast-track the long queues for inoculation and boost vaccination among women. ‘Pink booth’ concept will ensure that women are able to procure the anti-infection jab without any hassle or hesitancy.

All-female staff has been deployed at these sites, from registration to inoculation to ensure the safety and comfort of the women beneficiaries. The interiors of the booth have been colour coordinated with the ‘pink’ theme, giving it an enticing look.

The booth has received a good response from people as several women showed up at the site to get their vaccine administered. They appreciated the thoughtful initiative of the authorities and highlighted the comfortable environment that the special booth created.

“The atmosphere here is very comfortable. We are thankful to the authorities for the same. Now the vaccination process is much more easier,” said Sonakshi Jagotra, an eligible beneficiary.

Another woman namely Akriti Gupta, who accompanied her mother for

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