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‘There are so many hurdles.’ Indian scientists plead with government to unlock COVID-19 data

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Priyanka PullaReporting for this story was supported by a journalism grant from the Thakur Family Foundation, which has not influenced the contents of this report.Indian researchers say they urgently need better access to data collected by government agencies to help them understand and fight the country’s devastating second pandemic wave.

An open letter published on 29 April that has 740 signatories so far asks the government for access to databases on COVID-19 testing and genomic sequencing and urges it to remove other obstacles to research.“There are currently so many hurdles and so much paperwork around accessing these data,” says Partha Pratim Majumder, a genetic epidemiologist at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics in West.

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