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Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc: Increasing COVID-19 Testing Capacity in India

By Shambhavi Naik Executive Summary: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic rests on the ability to test for infected patients quickly and at scale. Exhaustive testing underpins effective containment strategies, helps estimate healthcare requirements and decreases the toll on delivery...

All Things Policy: When Will We Get A Vaccine

What are the challenges in developing a vaccine for Covid-19? How soon can we have one? And what if there is none? Shambhavi Naik and Sunila Dixit join Aditya Ramanathan to talk about the treacherous path to a safe and...

Why Kerala is not the correct comparison for Maharashtra’s COVID response

Maharashtra with 9,318 COVID positive cases as of April 28, has the highest COVID disease burden in the country. The Maharashtra government implemented a number of measures after the first case was discovered on March 9. Stricter measures have come in, post...

Takshashila Discussion Document: Assessing Measures for India to Tackle Biowarfare Threats

By Shambhavi Naik Download the Discussion Document in PDF Gene editing, synthetic biology, and improved delivery systems have reinvigorated the attention to biological weapons. Furthermore, the Biological Weapons Convention has repeatedly failed to agree to a verification mechanism, giving rise...

The Compound Eye – COVID-19: Vaccines

Vaccines for COVID-19 The last week of April marks “World Immunisation Week”. Over the past many weeks, unprecedented efforts have been made to create a vaccine for COVID19. At the same time, immunisation rates for other vaccines have fallen as healthcare system...

All Things Policy: A National Reopening Strategy for India

As India prepares to ease lockdown restrictions and restore economic activity, most epidemiological models expect there to be fresh waves of infection over the coming months. A national strategy is needed to manage the risks to lives and to livelihoods...

All Things Policy: The Other Strategic Reserve

The COVID outbreak has resulted in shortages of key PPE and medical equipment. Building a strategic reserve of these could help encourage indigenous manufacturing, lower prices, and prepare India for possible future waves of the pandemic. Shambhavi Naik discusses with...

All Things Policy: Price Controls in a Pandemic

Indian authorities have imposed price caps on face masks and sanitisers. Private labs have been told to conduct Covid-19 tests for free. While these measures may be well-meaning, they don’t work, and are already leading to disastrous shortages. Anirudh Kanisetti...

The Compound Eye – COVID-19: Transmission, Testing and The Chinese Information Puzzle

Pre-symtomatic transmission of COVID19  A growing body of research suggests that infected individual are contagious for 1-3 days before they show symptoms: A recent study demonstrates people with coronavirus infections may be most contagious one to two days before they...

All Things Policy: Is There a Doctor on the Phone?

The Medical Council of India has announced guidelines for the practice of telemedicine by registered doctors. Can telemedicine help shield frontline healthcare workers during a viral outbreak? Can it, over time, level the disparity in care between urban and rural...
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