NIAS Wednesday Discussion-Dr. Satyajit Rath will speak on “COVID-19 vaccines From Biology to Public Policy (and Back)”
NIAS Wednesday Discussion
Topic: COVID-19 vaccines From Biology to Public Policy (and Back)
Speaker: Satyajit Rath
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune
Chairperson: Tejal Kanitkar
Associate Professor, Energy Environment Program, NIAS
Date: 14 July 2021
Time: 4.00 PM
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Why did vaccines become the major, if not the only, long-term substantive response to the COVID-19 pandemic from its very beginning? How did all these COVID-19 vaccines get made and brought out, seemingly miraculously, in a matter of months, and how do they compare with each other? Who decides, and how, which COVID-19 vaccines are worthwhile and which are not? Who discovers these COVID-19 vaccines, who develops them, who manufactures them, and who decides to buy and to use them on what scale, and what are the various stakes for these various stakeholders? And how do these COVID-19 vaccines change the future trajectory of the COVID-19 epidemic for individuals and for communities? I hope to offer a rambling commentary provoking a discussion on these and related issues.
About the speaker:
Satyajit Rath was trained as a physician and a pathologist in Pune and Mumbai in the seventies and eighties, but since then has worked on mechanisms involved in the development and functioning of the immune system, initially in India and overseas, then as a faculty member at the National Institute of Immunology (NII) in New Delhi, and since retirement, in an honorary capacity at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune among others. He also works with the government on issues of science and society-related policy, with scientific journals in an editorial capacity, with small companies on drug discovery, and with civil society groups, especially those involved in science education and those working more broadly at the interface of science and society.
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