The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

No Country Left Behind? The Indian Covid-19 catastrophe

With the desperate Covid-19 situation in India continuing to dominate the headlines, our panel examines what went wrong.

Supriya Sharma, Executive Editor at talks about covering the Covid-19 crisis on the ground and the work journalists have to do to to show what the situation is like in hospitals and in the community.

Shadab Nazmi, Visual and Data journalist at BBC South Asia shares what the numbers tell us. Data journalism has been key in understanding the pandemic.

Natasha Loder, Health and Policy Editor at the Economist focuses on the global vaccination programme, vaccine nationalism and what it means for India and the rest of the world.

Moderated by Lou Del Bello.

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5 July 2021 – No Country Left Behind? The Indian Covid-19 catastrophe.

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Lou Del Bello

Lou Del Bello Lou is a climate and energy journalist who has been based in India for the past three and a half years. During two lockdowns, she wrote about what it feels like to be lonely in front of slow and sudden global crises, she covered the rollout of India's contact tracing app and the impacts of air pollution on the spread of Covid-19.

Natasha Loder

Natasha Loder is the health policy editor at The Economist. She has worked there for over 20 years in a range of reporting roles mostly in science, technology, and medicine. Between 2011 and 2015 she was based in Chicago and covered politics, education, and American life.

Shadab Nazmi

Shadab Nazmi is a Data Journalist with BBC South Asia bureau. He works with six Indian & four South Asian language services, analysing elections and data-led investigations. He is an award-winning journalist and has been the recipient of multiple fellowships including MJ Bear Fellowship in New Orleans in 2019 and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Fellowship in 2018 in Woods Hole, Boston.

Supriya Sharma

Supriya Sharma is the Executive Editor of, an independent digital news organisation in India known for its investigative reportage and explanatory journalism. She has previously worked with NDTV and The Times of India and reported widely on politics, conflict and development in the country.
  • 5 July 2021 14.00–15.00 British Summer Time (GMT+1)
British Summer Time (GMT+1)
Location: Zoom webinar & YouTube Live stream
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This event will be recorded