Senior virologist Shahid Jameel has resigned as the head of the scientific advisory group to the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortia (INSACOG), a forum set up by the Centre to detect genomic variants of the novel coronavirus.
Under the consortium, 10 national laboratories equipped to study virus variants, had been brought together under the aegis of the National Centre for Disease Control.
He is currently the director of the Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University. Dr. Jameel has been critical of the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly during the second wave
Recently he had written an opinion piece, in which he had said “scientists were facing stubborn resistance to evidence-based policy-making. On April 30, over 800 Indian scientists appealed to the Prime Minister, demanding access to the data that could help them further study, predict and curb this virus. Decision-making based on data is yet another casualty, as the pandemic in India has spun out of control. The human cost we are enduring will leave a permanent scar.”