Scientist who hinted at Corona ‘tsunami’ in India faces allegations


Noted epidemiologist and economist Ramanan Laxminarayan has come underneath assault by a BJP chief for hinting that India may witness 300 million (30 crore) optimistic instances of Covid-19. BJP’s international affairs division in-charge Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale has leveled critical allegations of wrongdoing towards him.

Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP), had projected that if we apply mathematical fashions used in the US or UK to India, it factors to a doable 300 million optimistic instances of coronavirus infections.

Now, in a collection of tweets, Chauthaiwale mentioned, “He (Laxminarayan) worked with the Public Health Foundation of India for 4 years. While working with PHFI, he launched two private companies without PHFI permission. PHFI did not renew his contract in 2016. PHFI sued him for stealing its intellectual property. PHFI won the case against him and got back it’s rights. The court even awarded legal costs to PHFI.”

The BJP chief additionally mentioned Laxminarayan is concerned in a authorized dispute.

“In short, this fear-mongering by Dr Lakshminarayan needs rigorous questioning, esp with reference to his credentials, his track record, and his vested interests. This is a clear case of conflict of interests,” Chauthaiwale additional tweeted.

Laxminarayan couldn’t be reached for a remark. However, an article written by him in 2017 named ‘Preparing for Pandemics’ gives insights into his views on an analogous outbreak.

He wrote, “… a pandemic would not have to take millions or even hundreds of thousands of lives to shut down international commerce. Even a few thousand deaths over a short period would be sufficient to inflict significant damage on the global economy. Moreover, in developing countries with weak infrastructure and government institutions, the threat could extinguish decades of growth.”

“Expect more of the same in the future. Increased human mobility has accelerated the rate at which microbes are transmitted around the world… With limited funds available for multilateral pandemic preparedness, then, we should pay closer attention to the impact of current planning and interventions on incentives for individual countries to prepare and promptly report outbreaks,” he had additional written.

Laxminarayan additionally had a phrase on authorities investments for illness surveillance.

“Investments in surveillance also depend on the likelihood that detected outbreaks will produce a significant epidemic. The more a country believes a disease will arise and spread, the more significant the investment in surveillance,” Laxminarayan had written.

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