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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID-19 Vaccines (Part 1)

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
3rd January 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1274: COVID-19 Vaccines(Source: Medscape; Reproduced for educational purposes)
1. The genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 was published on January 11, 2020. 2. As of December 17, 2020, The New York Times Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker listed 63 vaccines in human trials, with at least 85 preclinical vaccines under investigation in animals. 3. Several antiviral medications and immunotherapies are also under investigation for COVID-19. 4. On December 28, 2020, the NIH announced that the fifth phase 3 trial for COVID-19 vaccines in the United States has started enrolment of adult volunteers. Results from the phase 1 clinical trial for the NVX-CoV2373 vaccine were published online December 10, 2020 in The New England Journal of Medicine... Read more »
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World COVID Meter 2nd January 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
3rd January 2021
Cases: 1M April 2, 2M April 15, 3M April 27, 4M May 8, 5M May 20, 6M May 30, 7M June 7, 8M June 15, 9M June 22, 10M June 29th, 11M July 4, 12M July 8, 13M July 13, 14M July 17, 15M July 23, 16M July 25, 17M July 29, 18M August 1, 19M August 6, 20M August 10, 21M August 16, 22M August 19, 23M August 21, 24M August 27, 25M August 30, 26M September 3, 27M September 7, 28M September 10, 29M September 14, 30M September 18, 31M September 21, 32M September 23, 33M September 28, 34M October 1, 35M October 4, 36M October 8, 37M October 11, 38M October 14, 39M October 17, 40M October 19, 41M October 22, 42M October 24, 43M October 26, 44M October 28, 45M October 30, 46M November 2, 47M November 4, 48M November 6, 49M November 7, 50M November 8, 51M November 10,...Read more »
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High threat of disease-related malnutrition in outpatients in gastroenterology department

3rd January 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Disease-related malnutrition (DRM) among hospitalized patients negatively affects the clinical outcomes. A study evaluated the prevalence of unintentional weight loss (UWL) and reduced food intake (RFI) as contributors to the risk of DRM in outpatients... Read more »

Hypertension Update

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BPLTTC – Antihypertensive agents as risk modifiers for prevention of incident/recurrent CV events irrespective of baseline criteria: Placing amlodipine in context

3rd January 2021 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Safety Profile of Cough and Cold Medication Use in Pediatrics

3rd January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
The safety of cough and cold medication (CCM) use in children has been questioned. The purpose of a study published in Pediatrics was to describe the safety profile of CCMs in children < 12 years of age, from a multisystem surveillance program. In this study, cases with adverse events (AEs) after ingestion of at least one index CCM ingredient... Read more »

News From All Specialities

WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a vaccine against COVID-19

3rd January 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, thus making it the first one to be given emergency validation by the agency. This Emergency Use Listing (EUL) will enable countries to speed up their own regulatory approval... Read more »

Israel could become 1st country to vaccinate its entire population

3rd January 2021<Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Israel could become the first country to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, stated health officials, with over 10%, i.e., 1 million, of the population already having received the first of two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine by the 12th day of a vaccination program. Israel, with a population of 9 million,... Read more »

Pfizer and BioNTech plan to offer COVID-19 vaccine to volunteers who got placebo

3rd January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Pfizer Inc and its partner BioNTech intend to give volunteers who were administered a placebo in its COVID-19 vaccine trial an option to receive a first dose of the vaccine by March 1 this year, while staying within the study. The Vaccine Transition Option will allow all participants aged 16 years or above the choice to discover... Read more »

COVID-19 Active Caseload in India Drops to 2.54 Lakh

3rd January 2021 Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
India's COVID-19 active caseload continues to show a downward trend and has significantly declined to 2.54 lakh, the lowest after 179 days, stated the Union Health Ministry on Friday. The total active cases stood at 2,53,287 on July 6. The country’s active caseload presently consists of merely... Read more »

Microvascular Injury of Brain, Olfactory Bulbs Noted in COVID-19

3rd January 2021 Neurology Pharmacists
Multifocal microvascular injury in the brain and olfactory bulbs appears to be a possible adverse outcome from COVID-19, suggests new research published online December 30 as a "correspondence" in the New England Journal of Medicine. Postmortem MRI brain scans of 13 patients who died from COVID-19 exhibited abnormalities... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Some patients ask for a bill for the drugs supplied by the registered medical practitioner. Should they be given a bill?

3rd January 2021
According to Clause 3.7.1 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002, a physician shall clearly display his fees and other charges on the board of his chamber and/or the hospitals he is visiting. Prescription should also make clear if the Physician himself...Read more »

eMedi Humor

The best time

3rd January 2021
Teacher: "Tell me, Johnny, which is the best time to pick pears? Spring, summer, autumn or winter?"
Johnny: "The best time to pick pears is when the farmer is not at home and there's no dog on the farm."...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Granulocytopenia, gingival hyperplasia and facial hirsutism are all possible side effects of one of the following anticonvulsant drugs.

3rd January 2021
1. Phenytoin.
2. Valproate...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Nail Hygiene

3rd January 2021
• Nails can carry dirt and germs and contribute to the spread of many infections.
• Keep nails short.
• Trim nails often.... Read more »

eSpiritual: Spiritual Prescription – Controlling the Inner Noise

3rd January 2021
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define yoga as restraint of the mental states (Chapter 1.2). In the state of total restraint, the mind is devoid of any external object and is in its true self or the consciousness. To control the mind, many Vedic scholars have given their own formulas....Read more »

Inspirational: Believe in Yourself

3rd January 2021
Believe in yourself and you can achieve, things you never thought possible, Believe in yourself and you can discover talents new, that lie away hidden Believe in yourself and you can reach, new heights that you thought unscalable, Believe in yourself and you can solve, problems that defy any solution ...Read more »


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