Why India’s worsening Covid crisis is a dire problem for the world

Why India’s worsening Covid crisis is a dire problem for the worldApril 26, 2021

Analysis: Urgent supplies are needed to stem the rampant spread of infections in country of 1.4bn

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The catastrophe unfolding in India appears to be the worst-case scenario that many feared from the Covid-19 pandemic: unable to find sufficient hospital beds, access to tests, medicines or oxygen, the country of 1.4 billion is sinking beneath the weight of infections.

The two opposed assumptions of the global response to coronavirus – wealthy countries in the west prioritising vaccines for their own need in one camp, and the argument led by the World Health Organization for global vaccine equality in the other – are also failing to hold as the scale of the crisis in India points to an urgent need to prioritise the response there.

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