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The Ugly Truth About a Vaccine That Didn’t Work (Kannada translation)

This article was first published in the newspaper Mint under the title “The Ugly Truth About a Vaccine that Didn’t Work”. It was accompanied by three other pieces, titled NIV’s Troubling Role in the KFD Vaccine Saga, How the KFD Vaccine is Made and Tested, and The Mystery of the Missing CDSCO Scrutiny, respectively. This…

What do CDSCO officials do during vaccine-manufacturing site inspections?

This post is born out of sheer frustration. I don’t hope to achieve anything by writing this post. After all, everyone already knows what a hopelessly opaque organisation CDSCO is. This has been documented many times over, but CDSCO doesn’t care. What I do hope to document, however, is just the sheer, enthralling mystery of…

India and the nitrosamine saga

In my recent article published in Mint (behind a metered paywall reset every month), I wrote about how India was dealing with the issue of nitrosamines – carcinogenic compounds that can contaminate drugs. Several wealthy countries, like the US, European Union countries, and Australia, are taking nitrosamine contamination very seriously. India, on the other hand,…

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