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How BioNTech-Pfizer won the vaccine race

It was over breakfast on the wintry morning of January 24 that Ozlem Tureci and her husband Ugur Sahin decided, “we need to fire the starting gun on this”. Sahin…

IDs and vaccines

PAKISTAN is once again on the brink. The past several days have seen rising death tolls — increasing to the point that they are daily records in themselves. The unforgiving…

To open or not?

WHEN schools in many parts of the world have resumed education in varying degrees, why are our schools still shuttered? The irony is that this is the fate of institutions…

End vaccine apartheid

The term ‘delta’ in science and mathematics denotes a difference, or a gap; as in the delta between two values. In geography, a delta is where a river meets the…

Covid lessons from India

India’s health minister declared victory over Covid-19 in January 2021. A month or so later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also celebrated India’s victory over the virus in words that seem…

Vaccine blunder

A man-made disaster of gigantic proportions is in the making: the government of Pakistan, with more than four dozen cabinet members, forgot to purchase Covid-19 vaccines on time. A blunder…

A deadly wave

A virulent second wave of the coronavirus continues to play havoc with the lives of Indians, ravaging cities after cities and towns after towns. More than 15000 people perished in…

Ramazan anxieties

A GREAT deal of what happens in the country in the immediate future will depend on how well or otherwise the challenges peculiar to the month of Ramazan are faced…

Union councils

ACCORDING to activists who have participated in coronavirus-related relief measures, a number of learnings have surfaced from their work and from that of the NGOs they have been associated with…

Words for the poor

SO apparently 2.2 per cent of the population dying from a highly contagious disease is an acceptable risk to take, but a 1.5pc contraction in total economic output is not.…