New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is learnt to have started screening of children aged 6-12 years for the clinical trials of India's first indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.
Sources said that the recruitment and clinical trials of the children aged 6-12 years will start from Tuesday. The trial on children aged 6-12 has already started at AIIMS Patna.
Participants would be given the vaccine after their screening report comes. The trial would ensure if the Bharat Biotech jab is suitable for children.
Delhi AIIMS has decided to start the trial drive after the recruitment and clinical trial for single-dose Covaxin for 12-18 age group is over.
After the recruitment of 6-12 year-old children, AIIMS Delhi will be conducting trials for the age group 2-6 years of children. The trials are taking place at 525 centres.
The screening of children for the trial of single-dose Covaxin among those aged between 2 and 18 years started at the AIIMS in New Delhi on June 7 after India's drug regulator had granted permission for conducting the Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of Covaxin in the age group 2 to 18 years on May 12.
AIIMS Patna, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute in Karnataka have also been selected to conduct clinical trials on children.
Covaxin is being used on adults in India's ongoing Covid-19 vaccination drive since January 16 this year. The government last week cautioned that even though Covid-19 has not taken a serious shape among children till now, its impact can increase among them if there is a change in virus behaviour or epidemiology dynamics, and said preparations are being strengthened to deal with any such situation.
A national expert group has been formed to review Covid-19 infections in children and approach the pandemic in a renewed way to strengthen the nation's preparedness, NITI Aayog Member (Health) V.K. Paul had said at a press conference.
"The group has examined signs which were not available four-five months before."
Srinagar, June 12 (IANS) To combat the rapid surge of Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir and also to prepare for the anticipated third wave of the pandemic, Army's Chinar Corps on Saturday dedicated a 50 bed facility to the people of Kashmir.The facility adds to UT government's capacity to handle coronavirus patients.The facility has been established at army's 216 Transit Camp at Batwara and was inaugurated by Mohammed Aijaz Asad, DC Srinagar.The facility has 10 ICU beds with ventilator support, 20 High Dependency Unit beds with oxygen support and 20 oxygen beds.It also has facilities such as a laboratory, radiology department and Blood Gas Analyzer for efficient management of patients. The Indian Army will provide round the clock dedicated doctors, military nurses and paramedical staff from 92 Base Hospital.Speaking on the occasion, Brigadier CG Muralidharan, HOD Medical Department, Chinar Corps assured all possible assistance by the army to the people in the valley and also to the UT administration to fight the battle against Covid-19.--IANSzi/in
New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) There is no data, either from India or globally, to show that children will be seriously infected in any subsequent Covid-19 waves, AIIMS, Delhi, Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Tuesday.Addressing a media briefing here, he said that "it is a piece of misinformation that subsequent waves of the Covid-19 pandemic are going to cause severe illness in children".Noting that 60 per cent to 70 per cent of the children who got infected and got admitted in hospitals during the second wave in India, had either comorbidities or low immunity, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director said that healthy children recovered with mild illness without need for hospitalisation.Guleria futher asserted that "Covid appropriate behaviour is key to preventing future waves", similar to the statement NITI Aayog Member (Health) V.K. Paul made on Monday.Explaining why pandemics return again, the AIIMS Director said "waves normally occur in pandemics caused due to respiratory viruses; the 1918 Spanish Flu, H1N1 (swine) flu are examples"."The second wave of 1918 Spanish Flu was the biggest, after which there was a smaller third wave," said Guleria. "And as we know, SARS-Cov-2 is a respiratory virus."Multiple waves occur when there is a susceptible population and when a large part of the population acquires immunity against the infection, "the virus becomes endemic and infection becomes seasonal like that of H1N1 that commonly spreads during monsoon or winters", he said."Waves can occur due to change in the virus (such as new variants). Since new mutations become more infectious, there is a higher chance for the virus to spread."Guleria said that one of the reasons behind a wave can be human behaviour and cautioned that "whenever cases increase, there is a fear in people and human behaviour changes. People strictly follow Covid appropriate behaviours and non-pharmaceutical interventions help break the chain of transmission. But when unlocking resumes, people tend to think that not much infection will happen and tend to not follow Covid appropriate behaviour".Due to this, the AIIMS chief said, the virus again starts spreading in the community, leading potentially to another wave."If we have to stop subsequent waves, we need to aggressively follow Covid appropriate behaviour until we can say that a significant number of our population is vaccinated or has acquired natural immunity."When enough people are vaccinated or when we acquire natural immunity against the infection, then these waves will stop. The only way out is to strictly follow Covid appropriate behaviour," Guleria added.--IANSrak/vd
New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking to postpone postgraduate entrance test being conducted by AIIMS on June 16 and termed the schedule of the exam an utter disregard to the assurance given by the Prime Minister's Office while postponing the NEETPG Examination, 2021 by four months.A group of 26 doctors led by Poulami Mondal contended that holding of Institute of National Importance Combined Entrance Test (INI CET) 2021 would be in contravention of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution.The plea said initially the examination was scheduled to take place in May 2021, which stood postponed due to the worsening COVID situation. Later, a notification on May 27, was issued by assistant controller (Exams), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for the exam on June 16. The petitioners said there are some 815 seats in 10 colleges for which more than 80,000 doctors will appear and take the examination.The plea argued that after assurance from the PMO, many doctors have taken a job and have become frontline workers with no spare time to prepare for the test."In the prevailing circumstances due to COVID-19, the conducting of this examination is resulting in building up pressure on the graduate doctors from across India to sit for the examination on June 16, 2021, when under the present circumstances the Board examinations (Central Board of Secondary Education 10th and 12th Grade) and other professional examinations have been either cancelled or postponed", said the plea.The plea contended that this is not in public interest in view of the present condition of the country and non-availability of doctors, beds in the hospitals coupled with the fact that there is a dearth of Covid-19 vaccination."Since there is not enough time for most of them to travel back in order to take the examinations and they are most likely to be affected by travel restrictions as imposed by different states. This puts undue burden on already fatigued, distressed and tired doctors", added the plea.The plea emphasized that more than 80,000 graduate doctors are expected to take up INI CET for admission in post graduate courses in 10 colleges, including AIIMS, JIPMER, PGIMER, NIMHANS across the country.--IANSss/skp/
Chennai, June 5 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Saturday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appoint a dedicated team of officials with financial and administrative powers for the contruction of the All India Institute Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Madurai.Stalin in a letter to Modi pointed out that the foundation stone for the AIIMS was laid by him on 27.1.2019 and till now only a compound wall has been erected around the land that has been allotted for the project by the state government.Stalin said the expeditious setting up of the institution is necessary for providing quality tertiary care to the people belonging to the southern districts of Tamil Nadu as well as neighbouring States.Referring to the appointment of the President, an Executive Director and some Committees for the institute, Stalin said the Committees do not have clear authority to execute a project of this size."Meanwhile, due to this avoidable delay, there are also reports that the option of starting the institution temporarily at some other location is also being considered. It is felt that this may further delay the project," Stalin added."Therefore, I request that a dedicated team of officers with adequate financial and administrative powers may be appointed immediately and measures may be taken by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, to finalize and commence the construction works immediately," Stalin said.--IANSvj/in
New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) The Divyang Federation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi demanded immediate attention on some important issues, including vaccination for all dependants of staff in the 18-44 age group, and compensation of Rs 50 lakh for the families of those who fell prey to Covid-19 while serving in the hospital during the second wave of the pandemic.In a letter to AIIMS Director, S.D. Chauhan, the President of the Divyang Federation at AIIMS, said, "While employees are doing their best to serve the nation during the pandemic, certain facilities are required to be made available for the employees to boost their morale."Seeking immediate attention of the authority, Chauhan further stated that though many employees have been vaccinated as per the guidelines of the government, many of EHS dependents (18-44 age groups) could not get the jab due to the rush for registration and shortage of vaccine doses."We request you to get them vaccinated at AIIMS itself with immediate effect," the letter said.It also demanded additional compensation for its employees."We demand that an immediate compensation of Rs 50 lakh is given to the families of the deceased persons by AIIMS under the special budget and a policy be made to provide them with a job," the letter said.--IANSpd/skp
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