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by vera_k
13 Apr 2021 13:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

However, if the funds are short they can issue Debentures, Corporate Bonds, or offer a stock split, as well. Funds can be raised if orders are expected and with a reasonable rate of return. If orders and price is not known, it is difficult and more expensive to secure funds. Not sure if even a PSU ...
by vera_k
13 Apr 2021 05:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

IMO it is a valid observation that GoI placed orders later than other governments, and therefore some funding that could be used by the private companies was not available. Something similar is often seen for defense orders in the military thread.
by vera_k
12 Apr 2021 13:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 1228
Views: 213693

Re: Indian IT Industry

Rule engines are a type of AI. Some problems are well suited for rule engines, with the key advantage being that they don't need large amount of data to set up. Much of today's AI applications depend on training with data.
by vera_k
12 Apr 2021 07:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

The rise of variants means that the window for a round of vaccination to be completed might be very short. A very large amount of vaccine testing, production and delivery capacity would be necessary if the virus breaks through new vaccines within 6 months of starting vaccinations. Covid variant from...
by vera_k
12 Apr 2021 07:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

he said we are running 3 shifts and doing 5000 pm. downtime for maintenance will not reduce output from 7.2M to 2 / 3 M ? Cannot be known without more specifics on how they operate. A lot of manufacturing tends to involve waiting for something or the other, so doesn't surprise me if the output is l...
by vera_k
10 Apr 2021 23:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

AZ did run into that issue in Europe, but there haven't been any reports of that kind of problem at SII. SII is on the record saying it will be 2024 before most people are vaccinated, so its not like they are falling short. If a machine can pack 5000 shots per minute, the plant will still need downt...
by vera_k
10 Apr 2021 21:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

a_bharat wrote:I think it is unfair to SII and BB if other vaccines are not price-controlled in the Indian market.


The perils of a mixed economy and healthcare system. Maybe someone from the UK or another country with both a public and private health care system can chime in with how pricing is handled.
by vera_k
09 Apr 2021 20:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5798
Views: 837745

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Mort Walker wrote:Only $621 billion is for actual infrastructure.


Indeed. What's more puzzling is that this amount is proposed to be distributed to many projects just to cover a small fraction of existing cost overruns. It's looking unlikely that any new infrastructure gets built.
by vera_k
09 Apr 2021 13:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3395
Views: 350524

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

^ While this sounds reasonable, none of these vaccine manufacturers have applied for emergency use authorization in India.
by vera_k
08 Apr 2021 12:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

The die appears to be cast. Probably need to ship equipment and personnel from other parts of India that have spare capacity. A lockdown was necessary here 2 weeks ago.

Heavy Covid load sees all 97 private Nagpur hospitals run out of ventilators
by vera_k
07 Apr 2021 08:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3395
Views: 350524

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

^ Not 1947. In this case, the First Amendment that was passed in 1951 enables this type of judicial action under the constitution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_of_the_Constitution_of_India When RaGa complains about curbs on media, it would be worth asking if INC will support repeali...
by vera_k
06 Apr 2021 11:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 5342
Views: 932989

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

However, its not a zero-sum equation as the current troubles with oil pricing indicates. Any steps to reduce fossil fuel dependency are a net positive. If they can folded into some climate agreement leading to access to IP or financing, its still progress over the current state of affairs.
by vera_k
06 Apr 2021 01:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Spin-offs starting to emerge from the increased funding for vaccine research due to Covid-19. Novel HIV vaccine approach shows promise in “landmark” first-in-human trial the vaccine successfully stimulated the production of the rare immune cells needed to generate antibodies against HIV in 97 percen...
by vera_k
05 Apr 2021 02:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3395
Views: 350524

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

3. If GoI doesn't take active and visible steps to dissolve Pakistan by October 2023 This is what the Congress Mukt Bharat slogan is about. But GoI can only move as fast as the people are willing to. INC and Pakistan speak in one voice against even minor actions GoI takes (see CAA, Article 370), an...
by vera_k
04 Apr 2021 01:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Stop fresh registrations of health care workers

This is not helpful when not all healthcare and frontline workers have been vaccinated. Every vaccination is useful, long as the shots are being used and not dumped down the drain.
by vera_k
03 Apr 2021 10:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Push out the second dose further just like UK did and get it in the arms of more and more people. Second doses have already been pushed out. People I know who got vaccinated on the first day that 60+ were eligible had previously scheduled appointments cancelled with the message saying that they wou...
by vera_k
02 Apr 2021 21:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Mutations could render current Covid vaccines ineffective in a year or less, epidemiologists warn Two-thirds thought that we had “a year or less before the virus mutates to the extent that the majority of first-generation vaccines are rendered ineffective and new or modified vaccines are required.”
by vera_k
02 Apr 2021 01:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Hopefully these are teething troubles when establishing a new facility. There are reports that Ocugen will import some Covaxin to the USA, so the FDA will be inspecting as well.

Ocugen, Bharat Biotech near FDA submission for Covid-19 vaccine
by vera_k
31 Mar 2021 06:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 502
Views: 53557

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

SpongeBob episodes get pulled by streaming services One episode, "Kwarantined Crab," from the show's 12th season, centers on a virus storyline. "We have decided to not air it due to sensitivities surrounding the global, real-world pandemic," a spokesperson for Nickelodeon told C...
by vera_k
30 Mar 2021 02:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

^ Here's an article that lends support to this theory.

Over 470 children below 10 years infected
by vera_k
29 Mar 2021 13:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Well, one thing GoI could have done is to pay up front to secure the option to get access to vaccines, and then the manufacturers could use that money for corporate purposes. I suspect however that a sense of urgency has developed only recently with the rise of variants. Perhaps more for the economy...
by vera_k
29 Mar 2021 01:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

IMO the rise variants is an unanticipated event leading to a rush to add manufacturing capacity. SII had previously said that it would take until 2024 before vaccines were easily available. Not enough Covid vaccine for all until 2024, says biggest producer Also, “I still don’t see a proper plan on p...
by vera_k
28 Mar 2021 23:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5798
Views: 837745

Re: Understanding the US - Again

That image is fake news. Good example of why social media needs better guardrails.

No, CNN chyron did not call Boulder shooter ‘factually Arabic, but morally white’
by vera_k
28 Mar 2021 10:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Kakkaji wrote:Bharat Biotech has asked the Government for Rs 100 crores assistance to be able to scale up. I will find the news story later and post it


Reading the articles posted, Bharat Biotech's labs for producing Covaxin are at BSL-3 and BSL-4. Not like an alcohol brewery by any measure.
by vera_k
26 Mar 2021 06:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5667
Views: 1140609

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

IMO if China actually attacks Taiwan, India should stay out of it... It is not our fight... India should enter a fight only if we or one of our neighbours are directly threatened... However, there will be a lot of money to be made selling weapons of all sorts. Arming Taiwan is also a good way to ge...
by vera_k
25 Mar 2021 21:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Private hospitals are already allowed to charge up to Rs. 250 per dose. Supplies are the main constraint at this time just going by published numbers of production capacity.
by vera_k
25 Mar 2021 11:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

This article has graphs for each state.

India’s second Covid wave
by vera_k
25 Mar 2021 02:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3395
Views: 350524

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

The projects will proceed since they want the money. However, the alignment will change to account for concerns the previous government didn't take into account, and to enable some profit making activity using the standard modus operandi of arranging deals before alignment changes are announced.
by vera_k
24 Mar 2021 12:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Since the recipients are registered on the app for generating the vaccination certificate, it is not a secret. There may be an attempt to avoid generating a crush of people all at once.
by vera_k
24 Mar 2021 02:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 5342
Views: 932989

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

The guns situations is FUBAR. Last year saw a huge spike in gun sales in the run up to the elections. And mental health has suffered a whole lot due to the pandemic.

A lawyer on Twitter with poor impulse control leads to a premature tweet. Far different consequences when a gun is on hand...
by vera_k
23 Mar 2021 23:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 3395
Views: 350524

Re: 2021 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

I am getting the feeling that this Maha Vasooli issue is not moving anyone from pro-MVA sentiment to anti-MVA sentiment. The Sena fans are still Sena fans, Pawar fans are still Pawar fans and BJP fans are still BJP fans. Agree. The sense I have is that all of these parties have similar positions on...
by vera_k
23 Mar 2021 23:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

It would be good to find a way to avoid mixing the younger crowd with the senior citizen crowd, to avoid the risk of spreading the virus to a vulnerable population. Perhaps some days of the week or slots earlier in the day can be reserved for senior citizens. One good thing now is that if most senio...
by vera_k
23 Mar 2021 08:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Social Media Watch Thread
Replies: 502
Views: 53557

Re: Social Media Watch Thread

Nice. Clearly the reports of INC being short of money are exaggerated.
by vera_k
23 Mar 2021 01:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - November 11, 2019
Replies: 2831
Views: 700085

Re: Terroristan - November 11, 2019

I've noticed something in the last couple of years, the Pakis seem to have taken an unhealthy interest in Indian politics Pakis have always been this way. What's interesting is that Americans, Canadians, British are now taking a keen interest in Indian politics. If India is generating such centripe...
by vera_k
22 Mar 2021 23:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Covid-19 Vaccine Manufacturing in U.S. Races Ahead Vaccine makers are expected to produce 132 million doses this month, nearly tripling last month’s figure, boosting vaccination drive Pfizer figured out how to stretch scarce supplies of special filters needed for the vaccine production process by r...
by vera_k
22 Mar 2021 01:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 9791
Views: 1146175

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Article from last week about situation in Pune.
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