In this second part of the investigation series reported by Nitin Sethi and Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava of The Reporters’ Collective in association with Article14, it has come to light that Dr Vinod K Paul had also presented to the government a plan to tackle the inevitable surge in the spread of the pandemic.
Documents reviewed by Nitin and Sambhav shows that the scientifically-validated approach recommended to the centre in April was not new. It had been first suggested as far back as February by the government’s top scientists.
They tell Padma Priya how the centre did not have a testing and surveillance strategy until as late as March-end. And how confusion and inaction frustrated the government’s medical experts.