2020 was outlined by the worldwide pandemic. All through the lengthy, tough yr, illness and loss of life got here in tragic waves, testing the boundaries of healthcare programs, particularly in international locations with restricted sources. In India, one of many worst affected international locations, vital outbreaks proceed in 2021.
A optimistic consequence, nonetheless, has been the triumph of science. In file time, scientists rushed to sequence the genome of the virus and its variants, created inexpensive diagnostic and therapy options, and produced a number of vaccine and drug candidates to regulate the pandemic. Now we have been protecting the pandemic in India and the subcontinent in depth by the lens of science. In addition to our common journalistic protection, we produced two particular points on the COVID-19 disaster in India – one on how the pandemic was affecting life in a rustic of 1.3 billion individuals, and the opposite on inexpensive engineering options being developed in haste by India’s scientists to confront the virus. In our quest for disseminating trusted data throughout a worldwide public well being emergency, the pages of Nature India had been prominently full of data on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.
In the meantime, regardless of challenges thrown up by a sequence of lockdowns and funding points, science in different disciplines unrelated to the pandemic has continued to flourish. One criticism of scholarly science publishers and science magazines has been that their overwhelming engagement with the pandemic (public well being, medication, virology and epidemiology) has squeezed out different disciplines of science throughout 2020. On this annual quantity, due to this fact, we’re spotlighting Nature India’s protection of all sciences, efforts round which quietly continued by 2020.
The biodiverse Himalayan area, straddling the borders of many international locations in Asia, together with India and China, gives immense potential for collaborative scientific analysis. Nevertheless, the inhospitable terrain and geopolitical strife within the area, have created obstacles to a joined-up analysis local weather. Our cowl story tells of the rising name by researchers within the two international locations to transcend political variations and make the Himalayan area a hub for scientific collaborations. Migratory birds from throughout the area coming into India and the necessity for heronries to guard them are additionally highlighted on this concern.
The nation is weighing the challenges and alternatives of an formidable ‘one nation one subscription’ coverage that goals to make scholarly information freely accessible to everybody within the nation. We analyse the deserves of this proposed plan.
The pandemic is rarely removed from the quick consciousness of any of the world’s individuals, and our annual picture competitors on the theme introduced impressed pictures of this period, the place masks, sanitation, immunisation, and modern options to well being wants are paramount, and the main focus of our day by day lives
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