April 13, 2021

Lack of Relevant, Credible Data is Compromising India's COVID-19 Efforts

Harsh Vardhan Pachisia, Sharmadha Srinivasan and Anushka Bhansali write on how the lack of relevant, credible data is compromising India’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts.


Excerpts below:


"The real boost to both the vaccination drive and to resolving this public health crisis can come from plugging the major data gaps (right from collection to dissemination) within the government. COVID-19 has highlighted the cracks in the system for many countries, all of whom are slowly catching up to the importance of plugging data gaps. Improvement in the collection, analysis and sharing of health data could pave the way for a faster recovery from this pandemic and become a part of the playbook for navigating all future public health crises.


"Data will be a crucial piece of bettering public health and fighting future pandemics. Hence, institutionalising its use by developing processes for its collection, analysis and dissemination while providing effective safeguards for individual privacy by fast tracking data protection laws should be the way forward."


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