GS2: Polity

GS2: Governance

GS3: Economy

  • How amending IPRs for vaccines could help India (LiveMint) As the second wave of covid-19 rages in India, it is essential to speed up vaccinations. With universal adult vaccination involving states and the private sector starting on 1 May, there is a big likelihood of vaccine shortage. Mint explains the context and the way forward.

GS2: Health

GS3: Science and Technology

  • Scientists working on SUTRA model for charting trajectory of COVID-19(PIB) We have been working on a mathematical model to predict the spread of the virus. It is important to note that a mathematical model can only predict future with some certainty so long as virus dynamics and its transmissibility don’t change substantially over time. Mathematical models can also provide a mechanism to predicting alternate scenarios corresponding to various policy decisions such as non-pharmaceutical interventions.
  • PM reviews progress of converting Nitrogen plants to Oxygen Plants(PIB) Considering the requirement of medical oxygen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Government of India explored the feasibility of conversion of existing nitrogen plants to produce oxygen. Various such potential industries, wherein existing nitrogen plants may be spared for production of oxygen were identified.