Covid-19 and health insurance (Part-2)

The Covid-19 pandemic was devastating, not only in terms of loss of lives, but also in terms of loss of livelihoods for hundreds of families. The rural, informal sector, poor and marginalized faced the double whammy of income insecurity and high cost of treatment. India’s GDP spending on health is woefully inadequate, around 1.35%. Much of this spending in on the Pradhan Mantri-Ayushman Bharat Yojana, the government’s flagship health insurance scheme, introduced with the aim of providing affordable and quality healthcare to India’s poor. Did it fulfill its mission during the pandemic? Continue reading “Covid-19 and health insurance (Part-2)”

The origins of the Covid-19 virus

This is article by Nicholas Wade, a doyen of science journalism, in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a highly eminent science journal.

He writes that, it is more likely that the SARS CoV-2 virus escpaed from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, than being transmitted from bats. He talks about the vested interests of virologists and their patrons, and the lax safety measures at the laboratory in Wuhan Institute of Virology, which was doing high-risk research on coronaviruses.