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telegraphindia.com 15 Sep, 2021 01:15 am

Politics overrode science as Covid second wave neared

Politics overrode science as Covid second wave neared
In September 2020, eight months before the second wave, government-appointed scientists downplayed the possibility of a new outbreak

In September 2020, eight months before the second wave, government-appointed scientists downplayed the possibility of a new outbreak Union home minister Amit Shah releasing a book during the Hindi Divas Samaroh on Tuesday PTI | New Delhi | Published 15.In September 2020, eight months before a deadly Covid-19 second wave struck India, government-appointed scientists downplayed the possibility of a new outbreak.In the wake of the devastating second wave, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, many in India are asking how the Modi government missed the warning signs.They pressured scientists to withdraw another study that called the government’s efforts into question, the researchers said, and distanced the agency from a third study that foresaw a second wave.

India, a vast country with an underfunded healthcare system, would have struggled to contain the second wave no matter what.Modi boasted in January, just months before the devastating second wave hit, that India had “saved humanity from a big disaster”.

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