On July 04, 2021, a virtual panel discussion on “Continuing to combating the spread and effects of COVID-19” was organized by REsolv Education and Training Programs (RETP), Massachusetts, USA. Syed Ali Rizvi, a noted Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, and President of REsolv Corporation, MA, USA welcomed the diverse panelists and shed light on the current circumstances and their relatable consequences. He added, “The world around us suffers from the pandemic and its emerging variants, we have a collective responsibility towards mankind”.
Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, International Pharmaceutical Consultant, CEO, and Founder of McGenome LLC, USA raised his concerns over paucity in evidence-based research stating the treatment to be anecdotal, with little hard fact. Dr. Arif Mustaqueem, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi dwelt upon the delayed effects of COVID-19 and the virus catalyzing cardiovascular and lung infections which leads to blood clotting in the arteries and other complications. He emphasized personalized treatment for better recovery. Dr. Ali Jafar Abedi, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, JNMC, AMU, Aligarh debunked myths and misconceptions with regard to the COVID-19 vaccine. “As the pandemic rages, the virus mutates and produces new variants that could potentially threaten the unvaccinated”, said Dr. Raagini Jawa, Infectious Disease Specialist, Boston, the USA pointing towards the severity and the transmissibility of the Delta variant. “We are in a fierce crisis, and the mass vaccination schemes become the safest resort”, she added. Dr. Abhishek Royal, Public Health Professional moderated the panel discussion.
The emerging variants spread like wildfire and mass vaccination schemes become more urgent than ever. As developed countries begin to contemplate post-vaccination life, the future for developing countries appears bleak. Hence, equitable access to the COVID vaccine represents the clearest pathway out of this pandemic for all of us. All things considered, time is still of the critical essence. As society maneuvers to combat the pandemic, we are expected to develop a sense of social responsibility as the pandemic won’t be over for anyone until it’s over for everyone.
REsolv Education & Training Programs (RETP) is grateful to the dedicated team of organizers- Dr. Zareen Husain Farooq, Honorary Advisor, RETP and Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration, AMU, Aligarh, Dr. Areeba Shabbir, Convener, RETP and Assistant Professor, Institute of Applied Sciences and Humanities, GLA University, Mathura, Public Relations Team- Mr. Kartik Bhaiyyaji, Management Trainee at Tata Consultancy Services, Bangalore, Ms. Ainie Naqvi, Foreign Language Professional, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Mr. Momin Ali, Research Scholar, Department of English, AMU, Aligarh. The Technical Operations Team included- Mr. Yasir Naseem, Mr. Anand Pal Singh, and Ms. Aiysha Vaseem, research scholars at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.