CDC recommends updated Covid-19 boosters, President Biden calls it “important” milestone

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday authorized, approved, and recommended everyone six months and older get an updated Covid-19 booster. Following the decision taken by the CDC as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), President Joe Biden called it a historic progress and said that it is an “important” milestone.

President Joe Biden tests Covid negative ‘again’, will travel to India for G20 Summit

President Joe Biden on Tuesday tested negative for COVID-19 again, the White House said. “An update on the President and the first lady Jill Biden since she tested positive for COVID-19 last night. I can tell you that the first lady is experiencing mild symptoms and will remain in Delaware for the week. President Biden tested negative last night for COVID-19 and tested negative again today,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a briefing.

US First Lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19, President Biden negative

US First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, her communications director Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement. However, she is experiencing only mild symptoms as of now and will remain at the couple’s home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware for the time being. “This evening, the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. She is currently experiencing only mild symptoms. She will remain at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware,” Elizabeth Alexander said.

T-cell vaccine for COVID-19 may last longer than current versions

A Covid vaccine that’s based on T-cell may last longer than the vaccinations that are available now. An Indian-American researcher – Girish Kirimanjeswara, associate professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences, Penn State – has revealed in a study conducted by the Pennsylvania State University researchers in the US partnered with Evaxion Biotech that a T-cell-based vaccine will provide long-lasting immunity against future emerging variants and could be used as a model for other seasonal viral diseases like the flu.

Six Indian Americans win 2023 Guggenheim Fellowships

Six Indian Americans are among a diverse group of 171 scientists, writers, scholars, and artists across 48 fields who have been chosen out of almost 2,500 applicants for the 2023 Guggenheim Fellowships. Scholars Animashree Anandkumar, Venkatesan Guruswami, Abraham Verghese, Projit Bihari Mukharji, Prineha Narang and Leela Prasad (South & Southeast Asian Studies) were selected on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.

Partha Chakraborty Op-Ed: Truth, Reconciliation, and, COVID-19

Partha Chakraborty says: Four years, almost seven million lives (per official count, globally), and trillions of dollars of losses and opportunity costs later, it is time to acknowledge that there is not much about Covid-19 for certain. As we speak, death count is at 1.125 million (1,125,420 to be exact) in the US, almost 700,000 in Brazil, over 530,000 in India, almost 400,000 in Russia, and, just shy of 220,000 in the UK.

FIIDS urges India Caucus to increase grace period for laid off H1B visa holders, stop hate crimes

The Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) has raised issues and policy matters important for Indian Americans before the 118th Congress, the speaker of the house, and recently elected India Caucus leadership. FIIDS has stressed and urged the India Caucus to focus on critical issues like immigration, the US-India partnership, countering terrorism, establishing peace, climate change and international treaties.

IMF says Indian economy remains a ‘bright spot’

The Indian economy has retained the crown of “a bright spot” in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) latest World Economic Outlook report released on Monday and it is slated to account for half of the global growth in 2023, compared to just a tenth coming from the combined might of the US, the world’s largest economy, and Europe, which comprises some of the largest economies.

Dr. Swaminathan honored at AAPI’s 16th Annual Global Healthcare Summit in Visakhapatnam

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, former World Health Organization (WHO) chief scientist was conferred with the prestigious Prof P. Brahmayya Sastry Oration and Dr. T. Ravi Raju Excellence Award during the 16th Annual Global Healthcare Summit organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) in Visakhapatnam on Friday, January 6, 2023.

Washington DC judge dismisses Hindu American Foundation defamation suit against Hindus for Human Rights

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has lost a defamation case it brought against Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR) in May 2021 in Washington DC. The lawsuit was filed at the District Court for the District of Columbia by HAF against HfHR after two online articles were published by the online division of Qatar-headquartered Al Jazeera Media Network.