Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that as of now no mutation of coronavirus has been detected in India.
The Health Minister assured that as of yet, no mutation of coronavirus has been detected in India, which is either more transmission efficient or more pathogenic. “I can assure you that as of now no mutation of coronavirus has been detected in India,” he said and answered many inquisitive social media interactors on the sixth episode of Sunday Samvaad.
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) October 18, 2020
He rekindled the joy of having morning tea in a respondent by reassuring him that there is no scientific evidence that proves that novel coronavirus transmission can happen via newspapers. He shared that reading newspapers is completely safe even during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan remarked that although there are no intranasal Covid-19 vaccines under trial in India at the moment, Serum India and Bharat Biotech are expected to pursue clinical trials of such vaccines in India in the coming months on receipt of regulatory approval.
He clarified that the phase III clinical trial is ongoing with thousands of participants, sometimes even close to 30,000 to 40,000 participants. It is possible that from a specific city or hospital, a couple of hundred participants are selected at a given time, but in general, the overall Phase III participant pool is much larger.
Sharing details on the Special Drive for Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) reporting and monitoring of drugs used in Covid-19, Dr. Harsh Vardhan clarified that this special drive is not because of an adverse reaction reported with an existing drug, but is part of a proactive Covid-19 preparedness program.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan shared his views on the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Kerala. Noting that between January 30 & May 3, Kerala had reported just 499 cases and 2 deaths due to Covid-19, he regretted that Kerala was paying the price of gross negligence during the recent Onam festivities when State-wise unlocking of services.
Along with an increase in inter and intrastate travel for trade and tourism, led to the spreading of Covid-19 cases across various districts.“Epicurve of Kerala changed completely due to Onam festivities across the state, the daily new cases nearly doubled.”
The Minister said this ought to serve as a good lesson for all the state governments which was being negligent in planning for the festival season.
On China’s claim that the novel coronavirus broke out simultaneously in several countries last year, Dr. Harsh Vardhan shared that “there is no evidence that can validate the claims on global multiple focal points for the novel coronavirus outbreak”. He stated that Wuhan, China remains recognized as the first report worldwide.