Fervid hopes invested in the quick rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine have been boosted now that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has provided Pune-based Serum Institute $150 million “at-risk funds” to manufacture the vaccine being developed in collaboration with the University of Oxford, Astra-Zeneca and Novavax, a front-runner in the global Covid-19 vaccine race. That tops up the $200 million of capital that Adar Poonawalla is sinking into this venture. The vaccine is expected to inject recovery into a stalled global economy. Doubts linger about India, though, where a steadily decelerating pre-Covid-19 economy compounded the crisis of an ill-considered and poorly planned lockdown. So far, the government’s responses have not inspired confidence and the steady return to Licence Raj-type controls is unlikely to help in a post-Covid-19 world either, as T N Ninan points out in his weekly column, which can be read here
. Other views focus on the implications of the Indian Matchmaking. Kanika Datta
sums up the views.
After two disastrous appointments for the top job in India’s most complex administrative arrangement, the Union government may have got it right at last by appointing Manoj Sinha Jammu and Kashmir’s lieutenant governor (LG), Aditi Phadnis. A profile of the former minister who cut his political teeth in the rough and tumble of eastern UP’s politics can be read here