Is this week going to be worse? For thousands of us, this hour can go any way, or even a minute, as time moves away against the instability of oxygen saturation. In this battle – or Jung, Using the term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi — against India’s rampant spread, uncertainty is an operative enemy on a strategic level. This is different from risk, because the probability cannot be assigned to any outcome. It is clear that SARS-CV-2 has confused and misled us. Therefore, our strategy was to combine visual planning with every possible occurrence with the finger on the pandemic pulse. All strategies designed to achieve close goals need to be aligned with a long-horizon plan to prevent infections, while at the same time expanding health care to save lives, and then take it out. Since this last bit is crucial, it has come as a surprise to many of us that Modi won in January. As the crisis of our state’s incompetence in this second wave has now shown, we have fallen short in multiple areas. Attempts to increase the oxygen supply and vaccinations have also fallen on the administration and funding trip-wires. No wonder confidence in our war plan is at a premium.
In the wake of last week’s Rear-Guard action, our Prime Minister held a series of video calls with various state and industry leaders to respond to our shortages, despite the fact that he pressured the Air Force and Railways to serve for oxygen, issued hoardings and removed import orders and some barriers. Not long ago, he opened a private market for vaccines, went late to fund vaccine manufacturers, expanded Jab’s eligibility to cover all adults, and assured us of his government’s commitment to public safety. Although it conveys a new concept of will, one part of the episode is that it took a long time for the center to get back into the Kovid bottle-gear. It refers to the model of governance, whose agency is high, not giving decisions too much. In war-like situations, such a structure is often considered an advantage. However, the record of centralized models, worldwide, suffers from errors. Consider the upward flow of information. For efficiency, bad news must reach decision makers faster than anything else. However, if the subordinates’ incentives to report negativity are weak and other data signals are flawed, often appearing in the top-down chains of the command, then the red alerts lose both speed and accuracy. Also, less bosses have the power to give less-forward, more, alas, total reaction time. Such dangers make bad situations worse and they require our vigilance.
Right now, our livelihoods are in danger, and our economy is being scarred by human resources. Stakes, we face a terrible headache. In order to have a clear ally of reality in this war, various means of communication must play a role. Our ‘gooey soups’, our genetic sequence, mutation tracers and other scientists out there must fully fund our vaccination mission with timely scientific inputs. Other battlefield views provided by media search-lights can help sharpen responses. In this case, it is inexplicable that anyone with authority over our Kovid campaign should not address the questions of reporters armed with pre-scans of the curse. Let’s face it. While saving lives is an urgent need, many of the unknown still need to be cracked down on. Deploy everything we have.