How India, the ‘pharmacy of the world’, ran short of vaccines

India was supposed to deliver vaccines to 92 countries, now its own inoculation drive is under threat, reports Stuti Mishra in Delhi

Monday 26 April 2021 06:01
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<p>India plans to inoculate all of its adult population in order to get its raging second wave under control, as concerns rise over stocks of vaccine</p>

India plans to inoculate all of its adult population in order to get its raging second wave under control, as concerns rise over stocks of vaccine

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ust a few months ago, India was being hailed as the “pharmacy of the world” and was selling and donating millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines to other countries.

However, with a deadly second wave wreaking havoc in the country, it now finds itself short of vaccines to inoculate its adult population, raising questions over Narendra Modi’s government’s planning and preparedness.

News of India’s vaccine shortage – as it goes to inoculate all of its adult population from 1 May – comes as the country is facing its worst humanitarian crisis in years with people dying outside hospital gates after failing to get a bed, oxygen shortages claiming lives every day and funeral pyres lit en masse in crematoria around the country.

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