Ggandeep Kang (File photo)

NEW DELHI: In the race for a vaccine against Covid-19, India must not lose its focus from drugs, diagnostics and contact-tracing which are critical to tackle the pandemic right now, says Gangandeep Kang, noted scientist and the first Indian woman to be inducted as a fellow of Royal Society in London.
“I am worried that we are ignoring drugs, diagnostics and contact-tracing in favour of vaccine, which is meant for prevention. There shouldnt be a trade-off between the two. Right now, there are people who are sick and need tests and treatment. Its important to reduce deaths and ensure containment,” Kang said, stressing on the need for a comprehensive strategy focused on clinical research, testing, tracking and treatment.
Kang, who resigned on Monday from Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) under the ministry of science and technology, said she would like to start a new project on influenza vaccines, which may also show some promise to tackle Covid-19 and other flu outbreaks in future.
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