Burnout is a major occupational problem among healthcare providers, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The frontline health workforce is experiencing a high workload and multiple psychosocial stressors which may affect […]» Read more
Justice, equality and liberty: Inspiration from the Indian Constitution for effective diabetes management.
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) could have easily been labelled as the “black swan” of the 21st century, had Covid-19 not emerged as a pandemic. Modern diabetes care in India grapples with […]» Read more
In October 2020, the world’s three top medical journals, The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine and Nature denounced, in their editorials, the United States’ response to the Covid-19 […]» Read more
The “invisible” among the marginalised: Do gender and intersectionality matter in the Covid-19 response?
The spread of Covid-19 and the lockdown have brought in acute deprivation for rural, marginalised communities with loss of wages, returnee migrants and additional state-imposed barriers to accessing facilities and […]» Read more
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected dental practice globally. Proximity with patients and predominance of aerosol-generating procedures has raised concerns regarding the safety of dentists and patients alike. The near-total, yet […]» Read more
Trials for second generation Covid-19 vaccines: Revisiting the debate over placebo use in developing country clinical trials.
This article compares the current debate over the use of placebos in developing country clinical trials of second generation Covid-19 vaccines with the debates over previous paradigmatic cases raising similar […]» Read more
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, starting in China in late 2019, has spread to every corner of the world, and thrown up several important ethical challenges. The rising numbers of infected […]» Read more
The government of India imposed a strict nationwide lockdown on March 24, 2020, to arrest the spread of Covid-19 (1). Abiding by the government regulations, several educational institutions including those […]» Read more
Recently the WHO Ad Hoc Expert Group proposed that it is ethical to continue placebo-controlled Covid-19 vaccine trials in countries where vaccines are not available even if this vaccine is […]» Read more
Victims, villains and the rare hero: Analysis of migrant and refugee health portrayals in the Indian print media.
The Indian media’s reportage of the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the State’s long-standing apathy towards low-income migrants and the structural neglect and violence faced by them in society. But how […]» Read more
As the Covid-19 situation has developed rapidly into a pandemic of unprecedented scale, ethicists and philosophers must work to comprehend this tragic historical scene from a macroscopic perspective, striving to […]» Read more
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a leveller of sorts; across communities, cities, and countries. All healthcare workers are doing their best beyond the call of duty. With many patients recovering […]» Read more
On January 14, 2021, a WHO Ad Hoc expert group published an article in the highly influential The New England Journal of Medicine, titled: “Placebo-Controlled Trials of Covid-19 Vaccines – […]» Read more
The devastating effects of death due to Covid-19 on the bereaved are not adequately addressed. The grief associated with death during the Covid-19 pandemic is disenfranchised and complicated and has […]» Read more
It is fair to say that nothing is more pressing in today’s world than bringing an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. Or to be more precise, if not an end, […]» Read more
The world is currently facing another severe pandemic, Covid-19, just four decades after the start of AIDS, and the still increasing incidence of HIV infection continues to be one of […]» Read more
Vaccines preventing Covid-19 have been approved in several countries. Is it still ethically acceptable to use placebo controls during the development of other vaccine options? If two of the most […]» Read more
The WHO Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Next Steps for Covid-19 Vaccine Evaluation makes recommendations on the use of placebo controlled trials in ongoing and future Covid-19 vaccine research. […]» Read more
A World Health Organization (WHO) Ad Hoc Expert Group on the Next Steps for Covid-19 Vaccine Evaluation recently recommended placebo-controlled trials (PCT) of Covid-19 vaccines. PCTs are ethically acceptable when […]» Read more
Thanks to an impressive R&D effort, three vaccines for Covid-19 have been conditionally approved by stringent regulators as of February 2021, and sixteen have entered the WHO evaluation process. However, […]» Read more
The Covid-19 pandemic has not only highlighted societal inequalities but also shown how a resilient health service is essential for protecting citizens. The NHS was founded in 1948 to provide […]» Read more
The continued use of placebo arms in COVID-19 vaccine trials does not adequately protect the well-being of participants.
Covid-19 vaccines are a critical tool for controlling the pandemic. While safe and effective vaccines have been developed, research is expected to continue for many years regarding the optimal implementation […]» Read more
COVID-19 is an amplifier of serious physical suffering and emotional trauma, which together could be all-consuming. It is important for health systems to go beyond methods of prevention and treatment, […]» Read more
This commentary reflects on what it means to do public health and social science research in a post-Covid world. Given the global urgency brought on by the pandemic, it appears […]» Read more
Although all age groups are at risk of contracting Covid-19 disease, older people are facing the highest risk due to ageing and underlying health conditions. According to the US Centers […]» Read more
Covid-19 has been one of the worst public health calamities faced by humankind in over a century. As of July 23, 2020, there have been 15,633,159 confirmed cases and 635,422 […]» Read more
Moral philosophy, pragmatism, and the larger cause: why “war” metaphors are needed during pandemics.
Coronavirus disease (Covid-19), which originated in China, is now a full-blown pandemic which has thrown governments and societies off-track in an unprecedented manner. War metaphors have been used widely to […]» Read more
The world is going through an unprecedented medical emergency with no effective remedy for the SARS-CoV2 virus causing Covid-19. Two drugs used for other indications in the past, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) […]» Read more
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is marked not only by rapid spread of the causative virus, SARS CoV-2, but also by the spread of war-like narratives. Leaders of different countries have […]» Read more
During a pandemic, narrowing ethics into silos such as clinical and public health does not help the cause of ethics, which often gets neglected in desperate times. Our response to […]» Read more