Rajesh* looks at me and flashes his trademark smile. He is standing in our kitchen, sipping the tea Mom makes for him every morning when he delivers our milk supply for the day. For anyone else, this wouldn’t be unusual. But Rajesh is not your usual kind of person. He shouldn’t even be here. The […]

COVID-19 Treatment & Vaccination: A Potential Model for Upgrading India’s Public Health System

As the nation’s COVID vaccination program takes off in earnest, a most striking feature has been the near-flawless conduction of the program at government hospitals as well as outsourced COVID facilities. The government’s rollout has received a staggeringly high 97% positive rating by healthcare workers, who were the first to receive the vaccines in the […]

GST on Doctors’ Consultation Fees?

A recent article claiming that GST officials are sending notices to hospitals with regard to doctors / consultants’ fees being taxable under GST is creating great unrest in the medical community. Healthcare, with some exemptions such as cosmetic surgery, medicines and some ancillary services such as food and equipment supplies, has largely been kept out […]

The Global COVID Mass Vaccination Juggernaut is Gathering Steam And Showing Results

The number of people vaccinated worldwide against COVID is now approaching 100 million and rising by 4.5 million a day. Israel has vaccinated 33% of its total population and 75% of its elderly population. Norway has completed vaccination of all residents living in nursing homes – the most vulnerable population. The UK has also prioritized […]

Chinese COVID vaccines: Failing to deliver?

As the global pandemic progresses, Chinese vaccine manufacturers falter both with delivery and efficacy of their vaccines. China was the first off the blocks in bringing a COVID vaccine into active use, and had started conducting trials as early as May 2020. At least four companies in China have been mass producing COVID vaccines, most […]

Indian Vaccines: Overseas-Bound

In this post, I have attempted to create a one-stop reference point for supply of COVID vaccines to various countries by Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech. This post will be periodically updated. Indian companies are the major suppliers of vaccines globally due to availability of high quality manufacturers at low prices. Over the next few […]