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China, COVID and Convection

It was just the typical day; I come back from office, greeted by a steaming hot tea cup. This was followed by a de-brief of the day’s activities with emphasis on the tasks which remain undone. As I sat down for channel surf, newsreaders were happily sensationalising the ban on...

All Things Policy: How Effective Are the New COVID Vaccines?

How is vaccine effectiveness calculated? Should ministers be part of vaccine clinical trials? Sunila Dixit is joined by Ameya Paleja and Shambhavi Naik to discuss the latest developments in vaccines to combat COVID-19. Ask us your questions about COVID-19 vaccines by emailing us at research@takshashila.org or tweet to us @TakshashilaInst

The need for a more direct stimulus

The finance minister announced a stimulus package called Atmanirbhar 3.0, so-called because it was the third in a series. The total rupee value of this stimulus for the economy is 2.65 trillion. A stimulus is supposed to put money in the pocket of the citizen so that he or she...

Tracking the COVID-19 Vaccine

Tracking the COVID-19 Vaccine By Ameya Paleja To contain the COVID-19 pandemic, India has a mammoth task of vaccinating a major share of her population. At Takshashila Institution, we recently recommended a strategy to vaccinate 80% of India’s population by December 2021. If you missed the engaging discussion during our...

Takshashila Discussion Document – Analysis of COVID-19 Serosurveys in India

Download the Discussion Document in PDF The Union and various state governments have conducted seroprevalence surveys at national and city/state levels to study the spread of COVID-19. We argue The disparity in estimated cases as per seroprevalence studies and actual detected cases is a result of limited testing capacity and flawed...

Why India must vaccinate 80% of population by December 2021 — no matter what the cost

Planning for a national Covid-19 vaccination programme has begun to move forward in right earnest in India. Last week Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote to state governments outlining the administrative structures to be put in place to oversee the implementation in their respective jurisdictions. As of now, the Narendra Modi government...

Shambhavi Naik appeared on “The Roundtable with Priya Sahgal” on NewsX

Shambhavi Naik appeared on “The Roundtable with Priya Sahgal” on NewsX on 30th October 2020. Shambhavi outlined the challenges that a nationwide vaccine deployment campaign is likley to face and provided recommendations based on Takshashila’s policy recommendation document.

Takshashila hosts a webinar on how to vaccinate up to a billion Indians against COVID-19

On 28 October 2020, the Takshashila Institution hosted a webinar on how to vaccinate up to a billion Indians against COVID-19, to discuss the various logistical, administrative, and ethical aspects of vaccinating Indians. The discussion was based on the slide-doc “A COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Strategy for India”, that the team...

Politicisation of Covid vaccine is a good thing — it means India will get it free

It is surprising that political parties were surprised that one of them — the Bharatiya Janata Party, as it happens — announced in its manifesto for the Bihar assembly election that it would provide free Covid-19 vaccines to everyone in the state if elected to power. By now they must know that the BJP...

India’s medical students can be trained to vaccinate half the population against COVID-19 by Dec 2021

India’s medical students can be trained to vaccinate half the population against COVID-19 by Dec 2021 By Manjeera Gowravaram, Madhura Lohia and Sameer Wagle Given that a  COVID-19 vaccine is expected to become available in limited quantities from April 2021, India must have a strategy in mind to vaccinate the...
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