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Japan’s AnGes preps capacity for 1 million doses as vaccine development continues

The country hopes to counter any second wave of infections by building production capacity while vaccines are still in the works. AnGes is developing a DNA vaccine that will use genetic material from the coronavirus to stimulate the production of human antibodies against the disease. The vaccine is expected to begin clinical trials soon.

22 Jun 20203 comments
Healthcare

From opportunity to ordeal: how the contagion turned into a testing time for diagnostic labs

Over the past three months, private diagnostic labs have been grappling with shifting government protocols for coronavirus testing, logistical issues, and a sharp decline in non-Covid-19 business. The lockdown, manpower crunch, and increase in costs worsened the situation. However, a quick recovery is expected, as demand for testing is likely to remain firm while the lockdown eases.

Medical devices

From India to Italy and Mexico to Oman, Qure.ai is a common ally in the fight against pandemic

Mumbai-based Qure.ai’s AI-powered solution can identify 20 different abnormalities in a chest X-ray, including the Covid-19 infection. The tool reduces the need of a trained technician and processes results in a minute. For a country in need of an affordable and effective mass-screening product, this could be the way forward.

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Pharma

Vaccine development takes years. But one for the pandemic by early 2021? Here’s a reality check.

Around 120 Covid-19 vaccines are under research across the world. Besides being a long-drawn process, the lack of convincing data and the fickle nature of the novel coronavirus would call for a tempered expectation of a vaccine. But some scientists have promised that millions of doses will be available by early 2021. So, what’s fuelling such optimism?

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Disease

How the virus gave the Maximum City a big black eye

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has taken a slew of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 but has seen little success, as the virus has found its way into the city’s breeding ground — its slums and chawls. And with the monsoons approaching, Mumbai faces a tough healthcare battle.

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