Prof Shahid Jameel, eminent virologist, and head of the advisory group to the Indian SARS-COV-2 Genomics Consortia (INSACOG), resigned from his post on 17th May 2021. The consortia was formed in January 2021, it is doing genomics surveillance of coronavirus in COVID-19 epidemic.
It has been tracking international variants of concern as well as discovered the so called ‘Indian variant ‘ (B.1.617) that is believed to be instrumental in India’s devastating second wave.
On May 13, in an invited opinion piece for the New York Times, Dr. Jameel summarised India’s response to the multiple waves and the uneven vaccination rollout and concluded by saying “scientists were facing stubborn resistance to evidence-based policy-making.
Currently, Dr. Jameel is Director of Trivedi School of Biosciences at Ashoka University.