CSIR Launches Webinar Series in Indian Languages to Disseminate Information about COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a flurry of research activity and technological innovations to come up with drugs and treatments to combat the pandemic. The highly contagious and deadly nature of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has meant following strict protocols and government-mandated guidelines by the public to prevent rapid transmission of the disease.

Ever since the pandemic outbreak in the earlier part of the year, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been working on the repurposing of drugs and discovery of new drugs and vaccines to fight COVID-19. Innumerable technologies have also been developed by CSIR laboratories like disinfection machines, disinfectants and sanitisers, ventilators & oxygen enrichment units, masks & personal protective equipment and much else.

To disseminate information about the safety precautions and research & development activities happening in the laboratories to the Indian public, CSIR recently launched a Webinar Series in Indian languages to reach out to the citizens in a language they can easily understand and identify with. The Webinars are organized based on specific themes. Eminent experts and specialists from CSIR and other organizations share information and interact and clarify doubts of the general public that participate in these Webinars.

So far, five Webinars have been organised in this series: Marathi Webinar on COVID-19 Global Scenario; Bengali Webinar on Plasma Therapy & Vaccines; Kannada Webinar on Personal Protective Equipment; Hindi Webinar on Genome Sequencing; and Telugu Webinar on COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Initiatives.