Wednesday, October 14 2020

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Cow dung will protect everyone, it is anti-radiation... It is scientifically proven... This is a radiation chip that can be used in mobile phones to reduce radiation. It will be safeguarded against diseases.

That’s Vallabhbhai Kathiria, chairman of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog (RKA)—a body set up in 2019 to promote the conservation of cows. Yesterday, he presided over the grand unveiling of a ''chip'' named Gausatva Kavach… made of, umm, cow dung.

Big Story

The hefty price tag of vaccinating India

The TLDR: We are all waiting for a vaccine to rescue us from our pandemic woes. But even when it arrives, delivering that golden jab to a country of 1.38 billion people will not be easy. We took a close look at each stage of the vaccine delivery chain to assess the enormity of the challenge. This is the first of our two-part series.


Will we have enough vaccines? 

The model for distribution: The Fair Priority Model drawn up by a team of global medical experts calls for prioritising regions that have higher infection rates to prevent spread. The WHO’s Global Access Initiative aims to cover at least 3% of every country’s population at the outset—and gradually increase to 20%.

But the US, China and Russia have opted out of WHO’s initiative, and the richer countries—US, UK, EU and Japan—have reserved 1.5 billion doses in advance.


In today’s edition

Headlines that Matter

  • Apple’s iPhone 12 is here!
  • Facebook’s ‘evolved’ thinking on the Holocaust
  • A hateful end to a love-filled ad
  • Courts hit reset on MJ Akbar case


Smart and Curious

  • US Army has developed augmented reality goggles for dogs
  • Have the science Nobels become archaic in a world where the biggest breakthroughs are made by global teams?

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