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 →
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.
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
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.
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 →
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.
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.