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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest and largest medical research bodies in the world. The ICMR is funded by the Government of India through the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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COVID-19: CSIR DG supports ICMR over WHO's decision on HCQ clinical trials [Video]

COVID-19: CSIR DG supports ICMR over WHO's decision on HCQ clinical trials

While commenting on World Health Organisation's decision to temporarily suspend clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine, Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Shekhar..

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India is testing 1.1 lakh COVID-19 samples daily: ICMR [Video]

India is testing 1.1 lakh COVID-19 samples daily: ICMR

Indian Council of Medical Research on May 26 said the country is testing 1.1 lakh samples daily for the coronavirus. "The testings have gone up in the last few months. 1.1 lakh samples are tested..

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Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visits National Centre for Disease Control [Video]

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan visits National Centre for Disease Control

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on May 14 visited National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). NCDC is India's premier institute for research in epidemiology and communicable disease control...

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No community spread yet, sero-surveys on: ICMR


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WHO stops trials, but ICMR says HCQ can be used as preventive drug

A day after the WHO suspended testing of hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 patients, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said the use of the drug as a prophylaxis has been approved based on..
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'No harm, potential benefits': ICMR continues recommendation on use of hydroxychloroquine for preventive treatment

Responding to a query on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine during a media briefing on COVID-19, ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said biological plausibility of HCQ was supporting that it might be an..
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ICMR suggest lowering prices of Covid-19 tests in private sector


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No major side-effects of HCQ, should be continued as preventive treatment for Covid-19: ICMR

No major side-effects of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) have been found in studies in India and its use should be continued in preventive treatment for Covid-19, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)..
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ICMR sits on proposal to try Rs 5 arthritis drug in Covid cases

The affordable and time-tested anti-inflammatory arthritis drug has the potential to prevent thousands of deaths due to Covid-19. Indomethacin has been used to prevent cytokine storm - an abnormal..
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As migrants go home, ICMR ramps up testing

Taking cognisance of the expected surge in Covid-19 cases due to influx of migrant workers in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is..
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Covid: Serosurvey in 10 hotspot cities, 60 other districts to determine community transmission

The top 10 hotspot cities reporting the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country will be covered in a serosurvey to estimate the prevalence of community transmission of the infection, according..
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ICMR revises guidelines, allows use of HCQ among healthcare workers in COVID-19 containment zones

HCQ can now be administered to all healthcare workers in containment zones; healthcare workers in non-COVID hospitals
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Total 1,15,364 samples tested for Covid-19 in last 24 hrs: ICMR

A total of 1,15,364 samples were tested for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours in the country, said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday. As per ICMR's bulletin, a total of 28,34,798..
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ICMR issues revised advisory on use of hydroxychloroquine

A revised government advisory has recommended use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medication for asymptomatic healthcare workers working in non-Covid-19 hospitals, frontline staff on surveillance..
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27,55,714 COVID-19 tests done so far: ICMR

A total of 27,55,714 COVID-19 tests have been done so far in the country, said Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) head scientist Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar here on Friday. Out of these one lakh..
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Covid-19: Allow parliamentary panel to interact with health ministry, ICMR, says Jairam Ramesh

The parliamentary standing committee on health should be allowed to interact with the health ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Covid-19, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh..
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ICMR releases revised guidelines for Covid-19 testing

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has released revised guidelines for TrueNat, a comprehensive assay for screening and testing for positive cases for Covid-19, on Tuesday. The circular..
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No invasive technique be adopted for forensic autopsy in Covid-19 death cases: ICMR


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States can get rapid testing kits from 13 ICMR-validated firms


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Covid-19: Amid migrant exodus, ICMR revises testing strategy

Amid heavy movement of migrant workers across the country, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has revised its Covid-19 testing strategy to include all returnees and migrants who show..
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ICMR revises Covid-19 testing strategy, returnees with ILI symptoms will be tested within 7 days

Revising its strategy for Covid-19 testing, ICMR said on Monday that returnees and migrants who show symptoms for influenza-like illness will be tested for coronavirus infection within seven days of..
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2 firms get govt nod to produce desi swabs for cheaper Covid-19 test kits

India has started manufacturing indigenous swabs for Covid-19 testing, with two firms —Tulips and a Mumbai-based Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) — getting a green signal from the Indian..
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'Non-exclusive agreement' signed with Zydus-Cadila for Covid-19 antibody test kit: ICMR


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CPR not always good, say new ICMR norms


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ICMR fast-tracks roll out of global Covid-19 'Solidarity' trial


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9 hospitals approved to join WHO's Solidarity Trial to find treatment for Covid-19

Nine hospitals have so far been approved to conduct randomised controlled clinical trials under the WHO's 'Solidarity Trial' to find an effective treatment for the novel coronavirus disease, apex..
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ICMR, NCDC to start serosurvey to monitor COVID-19 prevalence at district level

Two government research bodies at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus are in the process of initiating a population-based serosurvey to monitor the trend in prevalence of the infection..
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Doctors' body requests Union health min to reconsider revised policy for discharge of COVID-19 patients

A representative body of medical practitioners in government service of West Bengal has urged Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to reconsider the revised policy for discharge of COVID-19 patients..
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ICMR issues guidance for appropriate recording of Covid-19 deaths to create robust data


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ICMR teams up with Hyd biotech co to develop vaccine from NIV virus strain


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ICMR partners with BBIL for developing indigenous coronavirus vaccine

Work on vaccine development has been initiated between the two partners.
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ICMR teams up with Bharat Biotech to develop Covid-19 vaccine

The Indian Council of Medical Research has partnered with Bharat Biotech International Limited to develop a fully indigenous vaccine for Covid-19, the apex health research body said on Saturday. The..
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ICMR to monitor 75 districts to check for community transmission

ICMR plans to start a study in about 75 districts in India that have the maximum number of Covid-19 cases to check whether community transmission has begun. ​​​​The health ministry has also..
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Star Imaging & Path Lab in Delhi to conduct COVID-19 tests: Here are the testing procedures

The lab which is located in Tilak Nagar, Delhi has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for coronavirus testing.
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Combating Covid-19: ICMR partners with India Post for delivery of testing kits

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has joined hands with the India Post for the delivery of kits from its 16 regional depots to 200 additional labs designated for COVID-19 testing across the..
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ICMR begins phase-II of plasma therapy trials

Indian Council of Medical research (ICMR) has begun the phase-II multi-centre clinical trials to check the safety and efficacy of convalescent plasma therapy for treatment of Covid-19 with 452 people..
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More than 11 lakh samples tested for Covid-19: ICMR

According to ICMR, there are 363 labs, including government and private, conducting Real-Time RT PCR test for Covid-19 in the country. While 42 laboratories are engaged in TrueNat Test and 21 for..
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Coronavirus in India LIVE: 11,07,233 samples tested for COVID-19 till now, says ICMR

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ICMR plans to study whether novel coronavirus strain in India changed form

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is planning to study whether the novel coronavirus strain in India has undergone mutation while spreading within the country over the last two months...
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ICMR cap too high? Calls to cut test price

With several states managing to bring down the cost of RT-PCR tests for Covid-19 to about half the Rs 4,500 ceiling fixed by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), the cries to revise the..
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Central teams find infection control practices not duly followed in high case load districts

Central teams, which were tasked to check preparedness of districts with a high load of coronavirus cases, found that infection prevention control practices were not properly followed in several..
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China denies Indian claim that Chinese test kits are faulty

China's embassy in New Delhi has denied allegations by the Indian government that coronavirus testing kits it ordered from China are faulty, calling the claim unfair and irresponsible.On Monday, the..
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China 'deeply concerned' over India's decision to not use rapid test kits from two Chinese firms

Two Chinese companies - Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics - supplied the COVID-19 rapid testing kits to India but ICMR has directed to stop its user after states complained about..
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‘Fake news’: ICMR trashes claim it overpaid for test kits


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ICMR tells states to stop using rapid tests, return kits


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Tamil Nadu returns 24,000 COVID-19 testing kits following ICMR advisory

The kits were found to be poor in quality.
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ICMR advises states to go for RT-PCR test


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Don't use COVID-19 testing kits from two Chinese suppliers: ICMR tells states

Some states have raised issues regarding their performances during the testing exercise that they have undertaken.
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'Fake news': No test kit procured at Rs 4,500, ICMR replies to Congress leader

The Indian Council of Medical Research clarified on the rates of coronavirus testing kit after Congress leader Udit Raj tweeted a screenshot claiming that the Central government acquired the kits at an..
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Congress leader questions 'inflated' price of Covid-19 test kit, ICMR clarifies

The Indian Council of Medical Research clarified on the rates of coronavirus testing kit after Congress leader Udit Raj tweeted a screenshot claiming that the Central government acquired the kits at an..
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Use of rapid antibody testing kits put on hold for now

The government is weighing the utility of the newly acquired rapid antibody testing kits received from China amid concerns about variations in its results even as the Indian Council of Medical Research..
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Ready for plasma therapy on COVID-19 patients, sought ICMR nod: Rajasthan health minister

Rajasthan is prepared to conduct plasma therapy on severely-ill COVID-19 patients and has written to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) seeking permission to carry out the treatment, state..
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Rapid antibody tests put on hold, ICMR to check accuracy: Sources

States and Union Territories have been asked to put on hold the use of Covid-19 rapid antibody test kits till their accuracy is rechecked by apex health research body the Indian Council of Medical..
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