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Coronavirus and beyond: The view from the chemical sciences in India

  • Date 20 Jul 2021

First and foremost, the human impact has been huge, which is of great concern. In April India overtook Brazil as the country with the second highest overall number of Covid-19 cases worldwide. We also have one of the highest population densities in the world, which made it hard to contain local transmissions, despite the efforts of many healthcare workers and public officials.

Another challenge is that our healthcare infrastructure is not as robust as in some other places and has come under huge strain. Thankfully the situation is now improving, particularly thanks to the vaccine drive which is in full swing, and lockdowns are being eased.

In terms of the chemical science community, scientists are facing similar challenges to our colleagues elsewhere in the world, with restrictions on in-person meetings and lab work.

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