U.S. withdrawal from WHO is a lose-lose proposition for all

The capricious decision to withdraw from WHO will have dire consequences for global public health. The departure of the U.S. will be a significant blow to the WHO in terms of loss of technical expertise and absent funding of about $450 million annually. The U.S. too stands to lose on health intelligence. On July 6, … Continue reading U.S. withdrawal from WHO is a lose-lose proposition for all

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Coronavirus: Lessons India should have learnt from Singapore’s dormitory spread

It took just 12 days for novel coronavirus cases to double to two million and another 12 days to cross three million. As the spread has slowed down in Europe, there is an uptick in Africa and South America, while it continues spread wildly in the U.S. India failed to learn despite Singapore offering the … Continue reading Coronavirus: Lessons India should have learnt from Singapore’s dormitory spread

Coronavirus: Lifting the drug export ban is correct though done under pressure

Given the circumstances, it would be difficult to believe that the decision to lift the restriction was taken independent of U.S. pressure. But the pandemic has seen several countries displaying solidarity and cooperation providing essential supplies to others even while tackling the novel coronavirus in their own backyards. After imposing a blanket ban on the … Continue reading Coronavirus: Lifting the drug export ban is correct though done under pressure

Coronavirus cases cross one million without counting asymptomatic ones

On April 2, novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) cases crossed one million and deaths passed 50,000. Besides missing out people with mild symptoms and underreporting, the actual number of infected people will be manifold higher as most countries do not test people who are asymptomatic. On April 2, the number of people infected with novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) … Continue reading Coronavirus cases cross one million without counting asymptomatic ones