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The statement of ICMR chief Balaram Bhargav regarding Molnupiravir is without scientific rigour and must be withdrawn immediately. Please read this 🧵
#Molnupiravir #Merck #icmr @DonitaJose @AneeshaBedi @KanizaGarari @vinodscaria
Regarding mutagenicity of Molnupiravir, the initial test for any molecule is the Ames test which if negative indicates that the molecule in question has no mutagenicity. For Molnupiravir it was positive. If Ames test is positive, further tests are done for confirmation.
The in vivo MN study was negative. The Sprague-Dawley Rat Pig-α Assay was equivocal. But the conclusive test called Transgenic Rodent Assay in Big Blue Rat was unequivocally negative.
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Will the newly identified sub-lineages of #Delta may initiate a new wave of #Covid19 in India? What impact the increasing prevalence of the Delta-D clade would have on global #COVID burden?

My write-up deliberating on these issues in @TheWireScience 👇…
#Delta variant and its extended family: How much do we need to worry?

During the first few months of the #pandemic, the evolution of the virus was relatively predictable, with substitutions accumulating at a fixed pace: 1 substitution every second week 2/
In contrast, the 2nd year of the #pandemic is punctuated by the emergence of several #variants that bore evidence of dramatic evolution 3/
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This place is Krishna patnam in Nellore. An Ayurveda doctor is miraculously curing COVID. Even serious cases are cured in a day or two. He gives medicine free of cost. Govt has formed a committee to enquire. As of now no complaints against him. Today 60000 went for treatment
only 10000 got medicine. Lot of chaos & stampede has taken place. Ayurveda commissioner who visited today confirmed that all the natural ingredients used by him are permissible & safe. He is yet to experience Live the miracle & he is going to check that tomorrow. Today those
people who has taken medicine has confirmed to him there are no side effects. VP Sri Venkaiah Nadu instructed ICMR to visit the place & submit report. If this miracle turns out to be true then for entire Pharma Industry is like Govinda Govinda
#Ayurveda #Krishnapatnam #Nellore
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A Thread On RADT (Rapid Antigen Detection Tests) & RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction)

➡️RADT gives result in 15-20 minutes. It is temperature sensitive, if it is hotter, it is less sensitive. It is throwing up a lot of false negatives.

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➡️RADT is underlined by advisories that call for each negative diagnosis among symptomatic patients to be reaffirmed with RT-PCR, the “GOLD STANDARD” for Covid-19 diagnosis.

➡️RT-PCR test report comes in 24-48 hours

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➡️From June 18-July 16, Delhi has conducted 305820 RADT

➡️285225 tests came Negative

➡️Of them⬆️1670 (about 0.5%) were chosen for re-test by RT-PCR

➡️262 of these⬆️were confirmed Positive through RT-PCR...15.68%

➡️15.68% of 285225= 44723

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Dear politicians/ administrators.
I hope by now you have understood that #COVID19 doesn't care about who and how big are you?
*Learn from the mistakes of Trumps and Bolsonaros of the world.
*Encourage authentic data collection. Encourage testing. Window dressing won't help you.
*Between media driven fear mongering and false data driven positive outlook, comes educating relentlessly.
*Stop connecting Covid19 numbers to your performance.
*Positivity at the cost of objectivity will not serve the purpose.
*Do not pressurise the experts to take shortcuts for delivering a vaccine or treatment.
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Recovery rate today is at 49.21%. Number of patients recovered presently exceeds the number of active patients: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry Image
India is a large country and prevalence is very low. India is not in community transmission: Prof (Dr.) Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR Image
Sero survey shows that less than 1% of the population in the studied districts have been infected. It is a very big achievement that we have been able to contain the infection to this level, in a big nation as ours: Dr. V. K. Paul, Chairman, Empowered Group I Image
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News making rounds of "145%" profit margin in price shared btw distributor & importer of Rapit Antibody Kits procurred by #ICMR . @INC IT cell jumping on the bandwagon with #BJPCoronaCorruption hashtag. This articles states facts.…
#ICMR got ONLY 4 bids(!) for the procurement @ rates ₹1,204, ₹ 1,200, ₹844 and ₹600. ICMR went with lowest (L1 tender sys) ₹600+GST by a firm called Aark Pharmaceuticals, with approval from govt. Disgraceful for the other biz too for these exuberant quotes in such pendemic.
Matrix Labs is the importer of rapid test kits made by #China’s #Wondfo. Rare Metabolics is the distributor of Matrix. Further, Rare signed Aark Pharma as distributors. Matrix Labs (landed cost @ ₹245 / test) sold to Rare @ ₹400 / test, and supplied to #ICMR @ ₹600. ~145% ⬆️.
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#FreeCovidTests order by #SupremeCourt: #ICMR files affidavit in the top court, asking for withdrawal of the order to the pvt labs for conducting tests free of cost. It says the interim order may actually work to the detriment of the cause & let executive take these calls.
#SupremeCourt takes up the matter, seems to prima facie agree with the plea after noting more than 87% tests have been done by the Govt labs for free & that #AyushmanBharat scheme entitles 50 Cr people to avail the #FreeCovidTests.

Judges have observed that they will modify the April 8 order on #FreeCovidTests, & will include the details about the #AyushmanBharat scheme along with other information given by the #ICMR now. They also commended the Govt for doing a 'good job'.

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[1/n]. A total of 18,383 samples from 17,493 individuals have been tested by #ICMR for #SARSCoV2 as on 23rd March. 2020 10:00 AM IST. A total of 415 individuals have been confirmed positive among suspected cases and contacts of known positive cases. @AltNews @newsclickin
[2/n]. It means infection rate of 2.37 percent among the sampled individuals. URL is… #COVID19 #Coronavirus @ICMRDELHI @icmr_nims @newslaundry
[3/n]. Under the sentinel surveillance of @NICPR_Noida @ICMRDELHI, till date,a total of 826 samples of people suffering from severe acute respiratory infection (SARI)/ influenza like illnesses have been tested at d sites. @scroll_in @ftindianews @ReutersIndia @WHOSEARO @qzindia
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Here's what I know about #Covid19 & #India- 1) We aren't testing people who haven't had a travel history from abroad or have possibly been in contact with those with such a history. Except, reportedly for some 826 random people with flu symptoms that #ICMR tested & found no +ves
2) The number of cumulative cases of #Covid19 in India are as of now 180, with 161 active cases. This is a relatively low number compared to countries in the northern hemisphere. This could be low because community transmission hasn't taken off or we haven't really tested enough
3) If the assumption is the former, then India has among the flattest curves for rise in cases above 100 compared to many other countries. The only comparables are city-States like Hong Kong & Singapore.
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@ICMRDELHI⁩ ⁦@MoHFW_INDIA#COVID19 #COVID19india testing strategy as of now. Won’t pick up community spread. @ICMR statement about trying to alter course from stage 2 to 3 can only happen with more testing. ⁦@epigiri⁩ ⁦…
Current #COVID19india testing strategy Image
#COVID19india #ICMR current testing strategy Vs potential to go from stage 2 -3 #TestMore #SelfReport #SelfCare should become the revised norm. @sunithaTOI @the_hindu @MoHFW_INDIA @ICMRDELHI ImageImage
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