Manipal Academy of Higher Education denies ICMR’s charges over Nipah research

  • | Friday | 14th February, 2020

Chetana Belagere ByExpress News ServiceBENGALURU: The medical community is seeing red over the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)'s removal of the Manipal Institute of Virology from a central list of virus research and diagnostic labs (VRDL) on grounds that it was "under qualified" and allegations that the private lab stored Nipah virus samples in 'secrecy'. Some suspected a professional vendetta as the MIV, formerly called the Manipal Centre for Virus Research, assisted the Kerala government with research on the Nipah virus in 2018. On the evening of May 20, NIV confirmed our findings and the Nipah virus outbreak was officially declared," the statement said. MIV sent daily updates about its work on the Nipah virus to the agencies concerned via email. “The CDC was only involved in training us to detect the Nipah virus along with others as part of the capacity building.

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