Covid-19 and health insurance

Covid-19 came much like a tsunami- three unexpected giant waves which swept many people away into poverty. Health insurance in India does not seem to be doing its job. As it is, India has one of the highest out-of-pocket expenditures in the world, around 65% and Covid-19 has only amplified and deepened this issue. Continue reading “Covid-19 and health insurance”

The origins of the Covid-19 virus

https://thebulletin.org/2021/05/the-origin-of-covid-did-people-or-nature-open-pandoras-box-at-wuhan/

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.

Intellectual Property Rights : Encouraging Innovation or Dehumanizing Science?

Everyone knows that Guglielmo Marconi as the inventor of the two-way radio. He also won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1909 for his work in the field of wireless radio communication. A century later, Indian physician Jagdish Chandra Bose, was credited with with making these inventions nearly 20 years earlier. But, instead of patenting his inventions, he had chosen to make them public. In a sense, he was an ideal scientist as he understood that the ultimate aim of science was to benefit humanity. Ancient Indian medical practitioner Sushrutha was a pioneer in one type of cataract surgery. He never turned away any of the people who came from distant lands to get treated by him or to learn from him.

Jagadish Chandra Bose

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