AIPSN demands that the due process of scientific trials be followed strictly and transparently for all Covid19 candidate vaccines and treatment drugs, regardless of systems of medicine, and overcoming temptations to make haste prompted either by corporate greed or false national pride. AIPSN calls for a globally coordinated effort that puts people before profits to make drugs and vaccines that will be available free to the public and with allocations to countries made as per needs without any discrimination instead of the current perverted race to develop drugs and vaccines driven by jingoistic-nationalism and corporate profits. AIPSN demands that the efforts of the scientists who came up with the BBV152 COVID vaccine candidate, or others likely to come up in the near future, not be wasted by such unseemly political pressures which compromise the safety of people by not following due process and which is highly likely to bring Indian science and research into disrepute. Read full post for more details...
The Central Government has persisted with the Lockdown as the main, if not, the only strategy against the spread of COVID-19. Underway since March 25th, this lock-down has seen two extensions, one on April 20th and now again on May 3rd. These one-size-fits-all country-wide lock-downs are badly planned and poorly implemented with measures imposed on the country by the Government using centralizing powers under the Disaster Management Act. The JSA and AIPSN statement reflects on the badly planned and poorly implemented lockdown. F urther, we detail health related and socio-economic measures that the union and state governments must consider. Read the statement for more details
Read the statement for more details...available in English, Hindi and Tamil
POSITION PAPER by Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), All India People’s Science Network (AIPSN) and Public Services International India National Coordination Committee (PSI India NCC).... 19 recommendations have been put forward after a detailed analysis..This will be of long-term benefit for strengthening the public health system in India, and so we can cope better when the next health crisis hits us. Read the post for the details...
Quote from article.. "To convert rice stocks into bio-fuel that India does not need now, or into sanitisers for which alternative feed stock is either available or can be found, is sheer criminality."
With the thorough preparations that grid authorities have made, the grid will most probably survive. But does not the Modi government have better things to do during this crisis than delivering shocks to the grid? Prabir Purkayastha. 5 Apr 2020
Clearly, more than half of the Indian population would not be able to stay at home for long. Compensating them would cost around Rs 3 lakh crore or 1.5% of our current GDP. Does this Government have the will?
Quick and widespread testing and quarantine will help tackle the spread of Covid-19, not ultra-nationalism or hyper-capitalism.
A charter of demands by the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and All India People’s Science Network published in scroll.in https://scroll.in/article/956326/13-demands-what-the-government-must-do-to-tackle-coronavirus-in-india
The upcoming election is a crucial one. It asks for a re-affirmation of the most fundamental guarantees our Constitution gives us: equal rights to faith or lack thereof; culture; language; association; personal liberty and freedom of expression. These rights, even as they accrue to each of us individually, can only exist if they accrue to all Indian citizens — without partiality or discrimination.To defend these rights, we must reject those who lynch or assault people, those who discriminate against people because of religion, caste, gender, language or region. Again, we must reject those who encourage such practices. We cannot endorse a politics that divides us, creates fears, and marginalises a large fraction of our society — women, dalits, adivasis, religious minorities, the persons with disabilities or the poor. Diversity is our democracy’s greatest strength; discrimination and non-inclusivity strike at its very foundation.