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All Things Policy: Serosurveys and the True Picture of the Pandemic in India

India’s national and state/city level serosurveys have come up with concerning results. The disparity between the estimated number of cases based on seroprevalence and the actual number of cases reported is, in some cases, nearly 500 to 600 times off...

All Things Policy: How Can We Vaccinate India?

Once a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 is available, who should get inoculated first? And how will India vaccinate at least 800 million of its citizens? Shambhavi Naik and Ameya Paleja discuss their new vaccine strategy with Anirudh Kanisetti.

COVID-19 vaccine deployment in India: Lessons we need to learn from the past

It appears that a vaccine(s) is the only way to stop COVID-19 and return the world to some semblance of normalcy. As the race inches to a close, everybody is waiting for their turn to get the vaccine and go...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc – A COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Strategy for India

Download the Discussion SlideDoc in PDF by Shambhavi Naik, Ameya Paleja, Mihir Mahajan, Narayan Ramachandran, Sunila Dixit, Rahul Matthan, Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane India should aim to vaccinate 80% of the population by 31st December 2021. There are 4...

All Things Policy: Should the Government Collect Health Data?

The new National Health Data Management Policy creates a framework for collecting citizens’ medical data. Sunila Dixit, Shambhavi Naik, and Prateek Waghre discuss the provisions of this policy, and what it means for health and privacy.

All Things Policy: Can Our Public Spaces Return to Normalcy?

The pandemic has transformed attitudes towards public spaces like schools, movie theatres, and offices. When can these return to normalcy? And how? Rohan Seth talks to Shambhavi Naik to better understand the state of play and is later joined by...

All Things Policy: The Scale of the Pandemic in India

Serosurveys conducted in Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune have thrown up some interesting findings on the possible scale of COVID-19 infection in India, showing a huge difference between the prevalence of infected persons and the number of confirmed cases. Sowmya talks...

From a scientist to a science policy analyst — my journey and key learnings

My grandmother bravely fought, but eventually lost her battle with breast cancer. Those childhood memories inspired me to take up a career focused on curing cancer. After spending a decade across 3 laboratories trying to kill cancer cells in petri...

All Things Policy: Restructuring India’s Public Health Sector

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare suffers from a lack of clear division of responsibilities, a platform for inter-sectoral coordination and conflicts of interest. These weaknesses have become more apparent in the light of the pandemic, as the public...

Takshashila Discussion Document – Reimagining India’s Public Health Governance System

Download the Discussion Document in PDF India needs a new public health system, housed within the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to streamline functions, improve transparency in operations, and ensure better health outcomes. This document proposes a governance architecture...
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