What Is The Zero-COVID Policy?

Context Since the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, in 2019, the world has seen multiple repeated waves of COVID-19 infections. This was largely driven by emerging variants of concern (VOCs) of the causative virus, SARS-CoV-2. However, China remained successful in containing the disease’s spread until recently due to its zealous “zero-COVID” policy. As a result […]

Incovacc: Intranasal Covid-19 Vaccine

Context: Bharat Biotech’s intranasal vaccine, BBV154 or Incovacc is the world’s first intranasal vaccine to be approved as a booster dose for Covid-19. Relevance: GS III: Science and Technology Dimensions of the Article: About Incovacc The nasal vaccine is a recombinant replication-deficient adenovirus vectored vaccine with a pre-fusion stabilized spike protein. Significance: Mechanism: -Source: Indian Express

A Ground Plan for India’s COVID-19 Response

Context India’s daily new COVID19 cases have crossed the 8,000 mark for the first time after more than 100 days. However, the cases (moderate to severe) and COVID-19 related hospital admissions continue to be low. The spike in infections has raised some worries about the start of the fourth national COVID19 wave in India.  Clearly, […]

Being Ready for Covid 19

Context: The number of active COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates in India has declined sharply. The third wave of Pandemic showed the efficacy of vaccine as a life saver. Relevance: GS-II: Government Policies & Interventions, Health Dimensions of the Article: COVID-19 pandemic What made all the difference? Shortage of supply and demand Way Forward […]

Entering Another Covid Year, R-value Over 1 in big cities

Context: In terms of daily detections of Covid-19 cases, India on the last day of 2021 finds itself in a situation similar to the one in 2020. And yet, the situation in India today is very different from what it was a year ago. Although the government has not described it as such, there are […]

UN Women report on COVID-19 relief for women

Context: Women were significantly less likely to report receiving pandemic-related cash relief from governments or non-profits, according to a new report by United Nations Women. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Women, Government Policies and Initiatives) Dimensions of the Article: Highlights of the “Women and girls left behind” report (Global level) Data: […]

Children and schooling in the post-COVID-19 era

Context: The UNESCO Report titled ‘No Teacher, No Class’ prepared along with scholars from Tata Institute of Social Science focuses on the need for reforms in education in India. This report with the recently constituted R. Ramanujam Committee focuses on education in the post-COVID-19 era. Children’s education and health are two major domains in which […]

Covid-19 and rise in child sexual abuse online

Context: The Global Threat Assessment report 2021, by WeProtect Global Alliance said COVID-19 had contributed to a significant spike in child sexual exploitation and abuse online. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Children, Vulnerable Sections) Dimensions of the Article: Global Threat Assessment report 2021 Report: Most Online Content on Child Sexual Abuse […]

MHA on ex gratia of Rs. 50,000 for each COVID-19 death

Context: The Ministry of Home Affairs  informed the Supreme Court that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended the payment of ₹50,000 each as ex gratia assistance to the next kin of those who died of COVID-19, including those who succumbed to the virus while involved in relief operations and preparedness activities. Relevance: GS-III: […]

WMO on Covid-19 barely cutting down carbon emissions

Context: The virus-related economic downturn caused only a temporary downturn in CO2 emissions last year and it was not enough to reverse the rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Conservation of Environment) Dimensions of the Article: World Meteorological […]