Category Public Statements

Statement on India’s vaccination policy

We are a group of members of ISRC (Indian Scientists’ Response to COVID-19), concerned about India’s vaccine rollout. We endorse the statement issued by the AIPSN (All India People’s Science Network) which is available at: The endorsement below is… Continue Reading →

AIPSN Statement on Vaccines Roll-out

15 Jan 2021 All India Peoples Science Network (AIPSN) is shocked that, as part of the mass vaccinations in India beginning on 16 January 2021 with inoculation of health workers, the Central Government is distributing 56 lakh doses of Bharat… Continue Reading →

On Speeding up Vaccine Trial in India

The recent circular from ICMR proposes an accelerated development pathway for the BBV152 COVID vaccine. It is clear from the letter that even the preclinical development of the vaccine is not complete as yet, and even patient enrolment for Phase-1… Continue Reading →

Public Statement on Alternative cures

A signed statement from a group of scientists to stress that none of the so-called “immunity boosters” provide any known and/or validated protection against COVID-19. Some of the “remedies” being suggested are harmful for the human body. None of these remedies should be tried without proper medical supervision. It is necessary that people do not become complacent and lower their guard just because they have consumed these so-called remedies.

Statement on measures against COVID-19 Pandemic

The Central Government has persisted with the Lockdown as the main, if not, the only
strategy against the spread of COVID-19. Underway since March 25th, this lock-down has
seen two extensions, one on April 20th and now again on May 3rd. These one-size-fits-all
country-wide lock-downs are badly planned and poorly implemented with measures imposed
on the country by the Government using centralizing powers under the Disaster Management

Statement on the role of the Private Health Sector during the COVID-19

In India it is the public health sector that has borne most of the burden of providing testing and medical care forthe detection and treatment of over 20,000 Covid-19 positive patients.Considering the significant presence of the private health sector in India, there were expectations that private hospitals and facilities would step up and make major contributions towards managing the Covid-19 pandemic.The private sector has grown significantly in the last two decades, due to government subsidies and policies that actively promoted the privatisation and commercialisation of healthcare.

Response to PM’s Announcement on 14 April 2020

The following is a response from ALL INDIA PEOPLE’S SCIENCE NETWORK (AIPSN) dated 28TH APRIL 2020 on the role of private health sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. It originally appeared on AIPSN‘s website and is being reproduced here with due permissions. You can… Continue Reading →

On Tablighi Jamaat event

Over the past few days, several prominent media personalities and politicians have suggested that the primary blame for the continued growth of the COVID-19 epidemic in India lies with a Tablighi Jamaat event that was held in Delhi on March… Continue Reading →

Statement on the lockdown and the COVID-19 epidemic

A signed statement from a group of scientists, academics and public health professionals on the lockdown and COVID-19 epidemic which draws attention to some epidemiological aspects of the lockdown.

Statement of Politically Mathematics Collective on COVID-19 Policies

While modelling exercises such as these will be evolving and ongoing, and every scientific exercise has levels of uncertainty and bias embedded in the design, there is a concern regarding the overwhelming importance of numbers in this discourse. History has taught us, that the value society places on a life lost to disease, depends on the value society placed on that life when alive. We are concerned about whom, in this pandemic, society has chosen to protect, and who it has decided to lose in the process.

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