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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Myths and Misconceptions about Covid vaccine

Mar 15

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Myths and Misconceptions about Covid vaccine
Like polio vaccination, so many myths and misconceptions are attached to the COVID-19 vaccination. This is because, it is still not clear whether, after vaccination, people will return to their normal health or not. Researchers say that the possibility of being infected after vaccination is still there. Amid this uncertainty, the efforts of the world bodies to vaccinate every single man may be marred by the prevailing myths and misconceptions.
One of the strongest beliefs attached to COVID vaccine is that it may hurt fertility, which is something very serious in the context of being Muslim. Some people believe that if they have a strong faith in God, no virus can attack them, so nothing will happen. Some are of the view that there is no virus and it is just a propaganda of multinationals to sell their expensive medicines and vaccines. Some say COVID-19 vaccine might alter the DNA and change human physiology. Some people talk about the risks of side effects of the vaccine and claim that the disease is rather less dangerous than the vaccine. They assume that they’re better off not getting vaccinated. Some say it is not fully effective, that’s why it is not worth to be vaccinated. The questions which need to be discussed at broader level are:
  • How can we remove all these myths and misconceptions about vaccination?
  • Why it is necessary to help laymen get rid of these misconceptions?
  • What role our media, clergy and academics can play in this regard?
  • What individual and collective efforts are required to clear these myths?
With the believe that there is a need to change the collective mindset of the people to make COVID vaccination successful and meaningful, SDPI is organizing an online webinar titled: ‘Myths and Misconceptions about COVID-19 Vaccination’ on Monday under its policy tagline campaign “No one is safe unless everyone is safe.”
Moderator: Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
Speaker: Dr. Javed Akram; Vice Chancellor, University of Health Sciences Lahore