Indian Telemedicine Prospects Boosted By Long-Awaited Guidelines
Guidelines outline permitted practices and patient safeguards for both physicians and technology platforms.
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The first COVID-19 vaccine to be approved, Sputnik V, faced production issues soon after, but a solution was found with Sputnik Light. Now, data indicate manufacturing partners in India, China, Korea and other countries could be left holding unsold inventory earmarked for exports as high vaccination numbers will mean limited scope for domestic supplies
A few cases of COVID-19 relapse have Twitter abuzz about the need for data on Paxlovid’s effectiveness, particularly against the Omicron variant and in vaccinated individuals. Despite regulatory approval in India, the drug has not yet been included in treatment guidelines and a debate on recommended dosage now complicates matters