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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 105

Life & Health

Gender stereotypes plaguing the pandemic response

As per recent news, a senior bureaucrat in Lucknow said, "The increase in female infection (of COVID-19) ratio is a clear indication that women are going out in the market and not following the precautions [for COVID-19 prevention]". This statement is not only devoid of any scientific evidence but also reeks of a deep-rooted patriarchal mindset. It also assumes as if men are 'following precautions'.

Gender stereotypes plaguing the pandemic response
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For a better world, our lifestyle must be based on as less resources as possible

Senior activist Medha Patkar launched a youth led, Towards A Better World campaign, in an online session where several youth leaders of Fridays For Future (a global movement led by Greta Thunberg) and other youth activists took part.

For a better world, our lifestyle must be based on as less resources as possible
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A vaccine for COVID-19: So near and yet so far

With the numbers of those infected with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) escalating every day globally we are indeed wading through turbulent waters with no end at sight. Scientists around the world are literally burning the midnight oil, searching frantically for a treatment to rid the world of this pandemic.

A vaccine for COVID-19: So near and yet so far
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Never say die: Disability is not about inability

They may be differently abled, but they do not lack in ability. Yes, I am talking about the more than one billion people in the world who live with some form of disability. They could be persons with impaired functions of the senses, mobility, cognition or with psychosocial difficulties. Out of these, an estimated 690 million live in the Asia Pacific region, which accounts for the largest number of persons with disabilities in the world.

Never say die: Disability is not about inability
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Beyond tokenism: Accelerating rights of women and girls in a post-COVID era

I am tempted to share this very recent photograph of a newly done up mural in a very prominent area of my city barely a stone-throw distance from the state parliament.

Beyond tokenism: Accelerating rights of women and girls in a post-COVID era
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We have nothing to hide - Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva

Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said, “We have nothing to hide as we convey all the details of those COVID 19 positive cases.”

We have nothing to hide - Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva
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Patents or people: The conundrum of healthcare industry

The first traces of SARS-CoV-2 virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) were discovered in November, 2019 in Wuhan, China. Since then, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has transformed from a local disease into a global pandemic.

Patents or people: The conundrum of healthcare industry
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus, he told reporters on Tuesday.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive For Coronavirus
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Protecting the health & well-being of the young

Approximately 1 billion young people in Asia and the Pacific region are between 10-24 years old, constituting 27% of the total population in the region.

Protecting the health & well-being of the young
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How will India deliver COVID-19 vaccine for "public health use" by 15 August 2020

The news gives us tremendous hope that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is aiming to introduce India's first indigenous vaccine against COVID-19 for "public health use" by 15 August 2020 (India's Independence Day). This could be a scientific breakthrough in the global fight against COVID-19. But a lot of questions remain unanswered regarding how we will deliver a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 in such a short time, given the reality that the enrolment for the phase-I clinical trial is yet to begin and the enrolment is to be done by 7 July 2020).

How will India deliver COVID-19 vaccine for "public health use" by 15 August 2020
How will India deliver COVID-19 vaccine for "public health use" by 15 August 2020
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