On September 28, 2020 Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Harsh Vardhan launched Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)’s Vaccine Web Portal and National Clinical Registry for COVID-19.
i.The portal will provide information regarding COVID-19 vaccine development in India and Abroad.
ii.The National COVID-19 Clinical Registry will collect data concerning clinical and laboratory investigations, treatments, management protocols and outcomes of hospitalized COVID patients in India.
Mapping of Nutrition and Health Status:
He also launched a Real Time Data Collection Program “Mapping of Nutrition and Health Status” to collect data on dietary intake of Indians.
“What India Eats”:
i.A Report “What India Eats” was released by the Minister, which shows the main dietary patterns in India.
ii.The report will be vital for nutrition and health policy makers in India to understand the distribution of diets in the country.
i.Harsh Vardhan also launched ICMR history timeline, which depicts 108-year journey of the council. It displays the key milestones and captures policy and program interventions by ICMR.
ii.He released the History book of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) on its 100-year journey.
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i.On August 17, 2020, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare; Science & Technology and Earth Sciences virtually addressed the inaugural session of the two-day long CII Public Health Conference, where he inaugurated “India Healthcare Week” with the theme “Redefining Healthcare Ecosystem” from 17th – 21st August 2020.
About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW):
Union Minister – Harsh Vardhan
Minister of State (MoS) – Ashwini Kumar Choubey