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Innovations: not the magic wand for COVID-19
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  1. Prashant Jha
  1. BMJ Innovations, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Prashant Jha, Editor, BMJ Innovations, London, UK; post{at}drpjha.com

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We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and our healthcare systems have never looked so vulnerable and fragile. Humanity has put a brave face, and healthcare providers are our new warriors. From clapping for carers to lighting a diya (lights made of clay) or showering flowers on hospitals, we have given the token of appreciation to our front-line workers. But this sense of gratitude has been marred by the disturbing reports of lack of personal protective equipment at the front line. COVID-19 has just put a magnifying glass at the fault-lines within our health supplies and delivery systems, and our misplaced priorities.

Innovation often optimises costs by reducing redundancies. The most glaring pitfall of this approach was the mad rush for ventilators in early 2020. ABCDs (Ambu bag compression …

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