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All Things Policy: Can you Speed up Vaccine Approval?

India’s approval of two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use has received mixed responses. Shambhavi Naik, Anirudh Kanisetti and Sunila Dixit discuss the approval process, the possible consequences of speeding things up and the potential impact on public confidence.

All Things Policy: Should AYUSH Doctors Perform Surgeries?

A recent notification from the Ministry of AYUSH says post-graduate AYUSH doctors will be trained to perform 39 types of surgeries. The notification has caused discontent among modern medicine doctors and led them to go on strike. Anirudh Kanisetti talks...

All Things Policy: Surprises in the National Family Health Survey

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the findings of the first phase of the National Family Health Survey 5. While indicators on family planning and vaccination have improved, the trends of nutrition are concerning. Anirudh Kanisetti talks to...

Is India really closer to achieving sanitation goals?

This article was first published in Deccan Herald. Views are personal. While the whole world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another public health issue which needs to be addressed with equal rigour and that is of sanitation....

All Things Policy: Is India Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine Soon?

Vaccines are being approved for emergency use in countries like the UK and Canada. Can India do the same? Sunila Dixit talks to Shambhavi Naik about the status of various vaccine candidates, a planned app to ease tracking of vaccine...

All Things Policy: Is India Really Closer to Achieving its Sanitation Goals?

A new WHO report, State of the World’s Sanitation, reveals what progress has been made and what remains to be done. What are the social factors affecting the utilization of sanitation facilities? Is India actually 100% open-defecation free? Shambhavi Naik...

World AIDS Day 2020: Despite ambitious global targets, India’s progress in AIDS control falls short in a few crucial aspects

This article originally appeared in Firstpost. Since the inception of the National AIDS Control Program in 1992, India has done a commendable job of raising awareness and of bringing down the number of HIV infections. Still, India has a long way...

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...

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

Download the Discussion Document in PDF by Shambhavi Naik, Ameya Paleja, Mihir Mahajan, Narayan Ramachandran, Sunila Dixit, Rahul Matthan, Nitin Pai and Pranay Kotasthane Deploying COVID-19 vaccines once they are available is going to be an unprecedented administrative and logistical...

All Things Policy: The World Health Assembly Meets Amid a Pandemic

While the pandemic rages on without end, the 73rd World Health Assembly has passed important resolutions relating to vaccination, food security, and other diseases. Manoj Kewalramani and Sunila Dixit talk about the recent resolutions as well as the controversial resolution...
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