With data, we want to boost genomics, personalised medicines, manufacturing: WEF health chief

Shyam Bishen, chief of health and healthcare division, World Economic Forum; image credit: Twitter


The scars from the pandemic will take time to heal. Shyam Bishen, chief of health and healthcare division at the World Economic Forum (WEF), elaborates on how to achieve ‘zero health gaps’, the newly formed Global Health Equity Network, and why India brings hopes from its record mass Covid-19 vaccination programme.

In January, the World Economic Forum (WEF), at its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, envisioned a world with “zero health gaps.” The scars from the Covid-19 outbreak is still fresh and will take time to heal. Rich nations overbooked the vaccines and medicine leaving the global south, particularly the African nations, to grapple against the scourge. Then, countries sparred over sharing of patents and intellectual property of vaccines and

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