Healthcare for all must be built on the voices of all

The state of health care in India is far from optimal, a statement with which few of its 1.3 billion citizens would disagree. Even prior to the pandemic, reforming the health system was overdue, evidenced by poor health indicators, unequal delivery of quality care and inadequate protection from financial risk. Despite significant improvements in areas … Continue reading Healthcare for all must be built on the voices of all

$150-Billion Bioeconomy by 2025: Policy Prescriptions for Building a Vibrant Biotech Sector

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw In the face of the biggest health calamity faced by humanity in a century, India’s Bioeconomy grew over 12% to reach $70.2 billion in 2020. The biotech industry braved the challenges of Covid-19 to develop innovative solutions such as diagnostics, therapies and vaccines at speed and scale to save countless lives. India … Continue reading $150-Billion Bioeconomy by 2025: Policy Prescriptions for Building a Vibrant Biotech Sector

Science, Technology and Innovation: How DBT coordinated India’s COVID-19 fight

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that science can rescue humanity. And for science to prosper you need to have dedicated national agencies that are relentlessly driving the agenda of science. Since its inception in 1982, The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has made tremendous efforts in promoting bioscience research, translational education and entrepreneurship. … Continue reading Science, Technology and Innovation: How DBT coordinated India’s COVID-19 fight

A Combination of Lockdowns and Vaccination Will Save Us

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw The second wave of Covid-19 descended on India like a tsunami. We were caught unawares and our response was one of panic and chaos. There was sub-optimal preparedness and rapid response planning. Hospitals were overwhelmed, medicines were in short supply and medical supplies of life-saving oxygen and ventilators were woefully low. From hubris and … Continue reading A Combination of Lockdowns and Vaccination Will Save Us

Lessons from the second wave of coronavirus pandemic

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw The second Covid-19 wave has hit India, and hit it hard. Record jumps in coronavirus infections on a daily basis have pushed health infrastructure to the brink in several states. While patients are scrambling to secure hospital beds, hospitals are running out of oxygen supplies and critical anti-Covid-19 drugs along with medical … Continue reading Lessons from the second wave of coronavirus pandemic

India Racing Against Time, Needs to Open Up Vaccines for Young, Mobile Workforce

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw India is witnessing a second wave of novel coronavirus infections with the country now adding over 100,000 cases per day. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Punjab have emerged as COVID-19 hotspots. To stem the next wave, India needs to act with urgency and ramp up the pace of … Continue reading India Racing Against Time, Needs to Open Up Vaccines for Young, Mobile Workforce

How India Should Be Rebranded for Post-Covid Global Leadership

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw The Covid-19 pandemic is an inflection point for India to introspect on its global leadership potential. Despite the economic devastation caused by the virus, India’s agility in pivoting its resources to respond to the crisis has made the country a global outlier. With 1.3 billion people, we have seen about 12 million … Continue reading How India Should Be Rebranded for Post-Covid Global Leadership

Science Not Logic Must Drive Vaccination Deployment To Stem The Next Wave

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw India’s vaccination drive started on 16th January, 2021 in line with WHO prescribed guidelines of sequentially vaccinating its stratified population in three phases. Phase 1 aimed to cover 10 million healthcare workers and 20 million essential frontline workers (police, armed forces, municipal workers) within the government system. Two months later, India has … Continue reading Science Not Logic Must Drive Vaccination Deployment To Stem The Next Wave

Budget Push can Transform ASHA Workers from Health Activists to Digital Health Agents to deliver on NDHM

By Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Chairperson, Biocon Group and member of The Lancet Citizen’s Commission on Re-imagining India’s Health System Technology can enable India to leapfrog into an advanced healthcare system that fulfils the vision of the national health policy of promoting wellness, universal access and affordable care for all Indians. The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) … Continue reading Budget Push can Transform ASHA Workers from Health Activists to Digital Health Agents to deliver on NDHM

Decoding India’s Covid Vaccine Approvals with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: Part II

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Shaw spoke to Barkha Dutt, editor of Mojo, addressing doubts around India's COVID-19 vaccines rollout, on whether India's two approved vaccines are safe, what the difference is in the approval to the Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech vaccines and who should get the vaccines first. Here's Part 2 of the interview. Barkha: Are … Continue reading Decoding India’s Covid Vaccine Approvals with Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: Part II