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All Things Policy: Digital Monitoring of Global Public Health

 Public health-related events can have local origins but if not contained can have global implications. There are a small handful of organizations that monitor such events around the world. Shambhavi Naik and Ruturaj Gowaikar discuss the origins of these...

A new model for equitable access to Scientific Publications for Indians

By Ruturaj Gowaikar, Vinayak Jain and Shambhavi Naik The most widely used business model that research-publication houses employ is the ‘pay to publish and pay to read’ model. The high subscription costs of scientific publications under such a model is...

All Things Policy: Reflecting on India’s COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy

 In September 2020, a multi-disciplinary team at Takshashila came out with a policy proposal to vaccinate 80% of India’s population by December 2021. Seven months down the line, co-authors Shambhavi Naik, Mihir Mahajan, and Pranay Kotasthane reflect on the...

All Things Policy: Supplying COVID-19 Therapeutics

As urgent requests for convalescent plasma, Remdesivir and Tocilizumab increase, Ruturaj Gowaikar and Shambhavi Naik discuss the application of these therapeutics and the unnecessary shortage caused by poor public engagement over their utility. If these policy conversations interest you, consider...

All Things Policy: Does India’s Vaccine Diplomacy Work?

 India has practiced vaccine diplomacy during COVID-19, engaging its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy. But are there advantages in extending this diplomacy beyond COVID-19? Pranathi Rao and Shambhavi Naik discuss the benefits, risks and opportunities for India’s vaccine diplomacy. Pranathi Rao...

All Things Policy: A New Law for Assisted Reproductive Technology?

 Last week, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare came up with a report on the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 which was introduced in Lok Sabha on 14 September 2020. The Bill seeks to provide...

All Things Policy: Is it Safe to Breathe in India?

 A new report from air technology company IQAir concludes that despite an 11% reduction in PM2.5 levels, India emerged as the world’s third-most polluted country. India’s air quality has serious ramifications for both public health and the economy at...

Vaccine diplomacy post-Covid-19

Vaccine diplomacy is state-led action of leveraging vaccine expertise for furthering foreign policy goals. These goals can range from maintaining ties between nations, burnishing an international reputation, or developing influence within a region. A robust framework can aid in the...

DNA Technology Regulation Bill: Will the Standing Committee’s concerns about privacy, capacity be addressed by Parliament?

This article first appeared in Firstpost The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 is listed for consideration in the ongoing budget session of the Parliament. The Bill is aiming to create a DNA Regulatory Board to oversee the...

Comments to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change on Demand for Grants (DFGs) in the Union Budget for FY 2021-22

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment, Forests and Climate Change invited comments on the Demand for Grants in Budget 2021-22. The following document presents an analysis of the overall budgetary trends across the concerned ministries and departments...
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