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TL;DR: India has the potential to abolish COVID-19 by using its lessons from the polio eradication campaign such as pulse vaccination, celebrity/institutional promotion, and intra-governmental coordination. Read on to better understand how India was able to tackle polio, how COVID-19 is different, and what are the criteria that are integral to saving millions of lives.

On March 27th, 2014, the World Health Organization released an announcement on its goal of eradicating polio globally. After successfully recording its third year of a polio-free population, India declared victory in its six decade war against polio, marking the eradication of the disease across…


Uncertainty was a big factor in my first week at Lightbox VC. I had not yet been through college, an MBA, or years of working a real job. My ability to offer everything I could ironically was hampered by fear that I could not give enough.

It did not take long, though, to understand that I was not actually selected for raw competence. I was there to give what most of the others could not. One of my projects at Lightbox during my internship was presenting to the team on “homegrown” substitutes for the recently banned TikTok. Despite the current…


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In my last article, I discussed the act of flattening the curve and its purpose. If you haven’t read it, I highly advise you do so (The link for the first paper is here. The link for the second one is here).

It’s difficult for a country like India to flatten the curve, but in theory, when it is done, the healthcare system is able to give a satisfactory amount of care to those in need. But what’s important to note is that even if the healthcare system could handle the epidemic, there exists a mortality rate that is far…


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On the night of March 24th, millions of Indians sat in front of their television to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the nation to announce a 21 day long, nation-wide lockdown. In an unprecedented move to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus, residents of India are to stay in their homes and practice social distancing.

Once a dynamic and bustling country of 1.3 billion, India has quickly become silent.

The lockdown, albeit ambitious, is necessary after the sheer growth of the virus. In just 10 days after March 14th, the number of confirmed cases in India has increased…


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In light of recent events, you may have seen a video clip of Bill Gates’ 2015 Ted Talk. “If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war.” It seems that what he said may, in fact, become true in the foreseeable future.

As soon as news of the Coronavirus took the internet by storm in January, my first thought was how a country like India would handle a potential epidemic. How many of those 10 million will come from here?

Just by the sheer…

Ahaan Aggarwal

Student in Delhi NCR. Using math to better understand the events of the large blue marble we stand on.

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