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All Things Policy: First Step Towards a Global Pandemic Response Treaty

 The World Health Assembly held a Special Session to kickstart a process to draft a global treaty geared towards pandemic management. Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida and Ruturaj Gowaikar discuss the need, scope, and history of such international instruments. Listen to...

All Things Policy: Omicron: Milder or More Lethal for India?

 The new COVID-19 variant, Omicron has been in the news since the first case was discovered in November. Despite the rising cases around the world, it is considered mild according to the data from the UK and the US....

All Things Policy: Gender Inequality in the Fashion World

 The fashion industry has a gender issue. Despite the fact that women make up the majority of consumers and makers of clothing, there is a significant prevalence of gender discrimination. In today’s episode, Priyal Lyncia joins Aarthi Ratnam to...

Takshashila Issue Paper – Tackling New COVID-19 Variants

Download the Discussion Document in PDF Executive Summary New variants of SARS-CoV-2 are being routinely identified and evaluated. For example, a new variant named AY.4.2 was detected in a few Indian samples in early November. The clinical manifestation of the...

All Things Policy: Talks with the TTP: Peace in sight for Pakistan?

 Recently, the government of Pakistan reached a month-long ceasefire agreement with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The deal, mediated by the Afghan Taliban, has revived the hopes of ending the long-running Islamist insurgency in Pakistan. Priyal Lyncia D’almeida talks to Shrey...

Why India shouldn’t allow COVID-19 booster dose

The Delta variant caused a fresh wave of Covid-19 infections worldwide, aggravating the global public health catastrophe. The currently available Covid-19 vaccines are effective against the Delta variant, which prompted researchers to evaluate whether booster doses for vaccinated people are...

All Things Policy: How Sports Shapes Diplomacy

 Sports have been used to bolster diplomatic relations between states as well as to make political statements on the international stage. There is also extensive evidence of sports’ involvement in international politics and vice versa. Priyal Lyncia D’Almeida talks...

All Things Policy: Can ‘Gastrodiplomacy’ Work?

 ‘Gastrodiplomacy’ is a tool some states have used to promote themselves, a prominent example being Thailand. How effective have such food campaigns been? Ameera Rao and Priyal D’almeida discuss the effects of promoting gastrodiplomacy and its relevance in bolstering...

All Things Policy: Machine Learning Algorithm for COVID Screening

 Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI-ML) have been used to detect, diagnose and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. One such approach was used by Greece to screen potential asymptomatic cases entering the country. This machine-learning system has...

All Things Policy: A Global Overview of COVID-19 Booster Shots

 Concerns over waning immunity and SARS-CoV-2 variants have convinced some countries to deploy booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The World Health Organization has strongly objected to rich states delivering boosters to their vaccinated populations when poor states don’t...
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