The Indian crisis and America’s gold mine of AZ vaccine doses

by Rashmee

Posted on April 27, 2021


/ POLITICS & AMERICA The whole world is focussed on the unfolding second wave of Covid-19 in India and in India, the focus is at least partly on the response it expects from the United States. On that count, there was visible angst. The reassuring words of Biden administration officials were being measured against all … Continue reading “The Indian crisis and America’s gold mine of AZ vaccine doses”

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‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 13, 2021


/FAITH, HOPE… This week marked a milestone. It was almost exactly 365 days ago – March 11, 2020 actually – that the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a global pandemic. Personally, this week marked 365 days of my not getting on an aeroplane. On March 10, 2020, I flew back from Washington, D.C. to London … Continue reading “‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul’”

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To tackle vaccine hesitancy, choose your words wisely

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2020 / The National


As the global vaccination effort prepares to get under way, there is an urgent need for a parallel inoculation process that deploys words. The right words can help fight outbreaks of vaccine hesitancy and scepticism, outright disbelief in science and distrust of government intentions and recommendations. This matters. Consider the situation in Britain, the western … Continue reading “To tackle vaccine hesitancy, choose your words wisely”

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Anti-vaxxism can kill us all

by Rashmee

Posted on September 24, 2018


Smallpox has been eradicated by vaccines, saving approximately five million lives annually but try telling that to Italy’s macho government. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and its coalition partner, the League, plans to undo Italy’s vaccine law, which makes it mandatory for children to be vaccinated. Already, as schools reopen, the government has allowed children … Continue reading “Anti-vaxxism can kill us all”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK