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Off The Cuff with Prof (Dr) Balram Bhargava

On this edition of ThePrint's Off The Cuff, Prof (Dr) Balram Bhargava, Director General, ICMR, tells Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta about why he decided to write the book 'Going Viral: The Inside Story of Covaxin', documenting the challenges of developing India's indigenous Covid vaccine. Bhargava also talks about the fascination of having isolated the virus in India for the first time, catching monkeys from forests for animal trials, and his one regret through the pandemic.

Scientists, doctors, or politicians? Report shows who we trust the most after the pandemic

While the position of many professions has barely shifted over the last few years, the pandemic has provided a boost to the trustworthiness of one.
A woman being vaccinated against Covid in Haryana | Representational Image | ANI

Haryana’s tech-based healthcare approach could be a blueprint for our response to Covid-19

A project piloted by Deloitte and the Haryana govt in Karnal district resulted in a significant reduction in the number of fatalities from Covid-19.

India records 31,222 new Covid cases, active cases dip below 4 lakh

According to the Union health ministry, the death toll climbed to 4,41,042 with 290 new fatalities, including 135 from Kerala and 37 from Maharashtra.
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Trade restrictions are delaying the COVID response. The WTO must act

WTO should work on eliminating tariffs across the value chain for COVID-related products like vaccines, therapies, and diagnostics needed to fight the pandemic.
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An open letter to my fellow batchmates graduating in 2021

Campus Voice is an initiative by ThePrint where young Indians get an opportunity to express their opinions on a prevalent issue.
Health workers sanitize a patient receiving treatment at a Covid care centre in New Delhi

SubscriberWrites: Science is more crucial than ever, but pseudoscience has flourished during pandemic

From over use of steroids and wrong medication to the promotion of ‘Coronil’ and alternative cures, Covid has shown how ‘anti-science’ we are, writes Arpit Mathur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on 7 June 2021 | BJP | Twitter

PM Modi boasts of world’s largest free Covid vaccine drive as Centre revises policy

In a Twitter post, the Prime Minister also said the biggest beneficiary in this phase of the vaccine drive shall be the poor, the middle class, and the youth of the country.
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If you don’t wear glasses now, you probably will soon. It’s screen time pandemic myopia

Myopia has been a growing concern during the pandemic, especially among children. Lack of outdoor time and more sedentary lifestyle is contributing to worsening eyesight.
A medic collects samples from e-commerce and food delivery personnel for Covid-19 testing in Bengaluru, on 24 May 2021 | PTI

India reports 1.86 lakh new Covid cases, 3,660 deaths in last 24 hours

The daily Covid caseload was the lowest in 44 days as active cases further reduced to 23,43,152. The positivity rate has declined to 9%, according to health ministry data.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.