Let’s aim for affordable and sustainable corona testing4 min read 30 Apr 2021, 12:32 AM IST
Till the time we can vaccinate everyone in the country, testing and isolation remain our best bet against covid. But testing costs need to drop and our capacity upped for mass accessibility
India is one of the world’s worst-hit nations in terms of the covid pandemic’s spread. As of 29 April 2021, the country had crossed 3 million active cases and recorded over 200,000 fatalities. Given the signs of vaccine shortage and more than three times the number of daily cases in the second wave than in the first, it is more important than ever to identify new infections and contain the spread of covid through testing. Besides, complete vaccination coverage could take many more months at the current rate of around 2 million per day. Also, vaccine efficacy against new mutations is not known, nor the duration of immunity afforded by jabs. Therefore, widespread, efficient and equitable testing remains a critical aspect of our overall response to the pandemic.