The stepping stones in the post-pandemic world

News: India must leverage international partnerships for ensuring a robust and sustained economic growth path. Why International partnerships are important ? Firstly, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected growth, trade and investments, and employment, among others. In this context, international cooperation is critical to combat the current & future challenges related to growth. Secondly, strengthening global… Continue reading The stepping stones in the post-pandemic world

Omicron likely to cause re-infections, surge in cases, say experts

What is the news? The new variant of COVID-19 i.e. Omicron is spreading across India. The experts say that the surge is likely due to reinfections (people getting infected with the virus again) and even vaccinated people getting infected. What are the concerns about this variant? More transmissible than Delta. This is evident from the… Continue reading Omicron likely to cause re-infections, surge in cases, say experts

World Health Assembly agrees for global treaty to ‘strengthen pandemic prevention’

What is the news? The World Health Assembly (WHA) took the historic decision to form a global treaty to “strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response” in its recent session. The decision came at a time when the global COVID-19 situation has once again become wary with the detection of the Omicron variant last week, the… Continue reading World Health Assembly agrees for global treaty to ‘strengthen pandemic prevention’

Omicron’s lesson: We’re not covid-safe until everyone is

News: The emergence of Omicron has evoked fresh demands for booster shots. Rich countries continue to stockpile and administer booster shots, while people in many low and low-middle income countries wait for their first jab. However, the emergence of new variants from low-vaccination-coverage regions essentially means that covid could be a never-ending battle. The only… Continue reading Omicron’s lesson: We’re not covid-safe until everyone is

India needs to sign up for life course immunization

News Right from the days of smallpox, vaccines were designed for all age groups. However, after the smallpox eradication and launch of an expanded programme on immunisation (EPI), there were efforts to increase vaccination for children. But as the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that there is a need to take stock of the status of… Continue reading India needs to sign up for life course immunization

Pandemic fuelled rise in child sexual abuse online: report

What is the News? The Global Threat Assessment report 2021 has been released by WeProtect Global Alliance. Note: WeProtect Global Alliance is a global movement of more than 200 governments, private sector companies and civil society organisations working together to transform the global response to child sexual exploitation and abuse online. What is the purpose… Continue reading Pandemic fuelled rise in child sexual abuse online: report

Country’s first ‘One Health’ consortium launched by D/o Biotechnology, Post COVID 19

What is the News? The Department of Biotechnology has launched a ‘One Health’ consortium in a virtual mode. What is the purpose of the ‘One Health’ Consortium? One Health Consortium has been launched to carry out surveillance of important viral, bacterial, & parasitic infections of zoonotic and transboundary pathogens in India. The consortium will also… Continue reading Country’s first ‘One Health’ consortium launched by D/o Biotechnology, Post COVID 19

Expert panel okays use of Covaxin in 2-18 age group

What is the News? The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has recommended granting an emergency use authorisation to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for children aged between 2-18.  If the DCGI goes ahead and grants approval, it will be the first vaccine to be administered to children in India.  What… Continue reading Expert panel okays use of Covaxin in 2-18 age group

The pandemic is a reminder of education being a public good

Synopsis: Indian school education system faces various challenges like large vacancies of teachers, vulnerable private schools, etc. The government must act to improve the public school education system. Introduction The recent UNESCO report State of the Education Report (SOER) for India: “No Teachers, No Class”, highlighted various challenges associated with school education in India. Click… Continue reading The pandemic is a reminder of education being a public good

Detail in relief: On SC order on financial assistance to kin of COVID-19 families

What is the news? Supreme Court (SC) in the recent judgement gave detail for the payment of ex gratia financial assistance to the families of those who died of COVID-19. The court held that no State shall deny the benefit solely on the ground that a person’s death certificate did not specify the cause of… Continue reading Detail in relief: On SC order on financial assistance to kin of COVID-19 families