Life in Science with Pallava Bagla-Indian Defence Scientists Fight Covid-19 (E)
They are better known for making atom bombs, missiles, submarines, fighter planes and knocking down flying satellites space have risen to the occasion and are contributing big time to save civilian lives in India by fighting Covid-19. Defence scientists who normally contribute to protecting India on its borders have in the past one year given India more than 50 different life-saving technologies in bid to win this new war against the novel corona virus. Scientists and engineers from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have given India anti Covid-19 medicine called 2DG, a repurposed drug that reduces oxygen dependency. Very early in the pandemic when there was a massive hue and cry it was DRDO that gave the country made in India ventilators, so also N-95 masks and PPE kits. Going well beyond the mandate DRDO also set up hospitals in several cities across India to take care of the massive surge in Covid-19 patients. During the ferocious second wave when oxygen was in short supply, DRDO transformed oxygen generators made for India’s fighter plane Tejas, the same technology is now supplying oxygen to hospitals. Some says it is the leadership of Dr G Satheesh Reddy, the Chairman of DRDO that made all the difference. DRDO saving lives. "