Over-18s Covid-19 vaccination drive hit by shortages in India

Sun Online Desk

2nd May, 2021 10:13:07 printer

Over-18s Covid-19 vaccination drive hit by shortages in India

India has become the first country to report more than 400,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day, as its nationwide vaccine drive launches amid a supply crisis.

India had previously focused on vaccinating frontline workers and the over-45s. The country is facing acute shortages of medical oxygen and hospital beds, as a devastating second wave of Covid-19 batters its health system.

About 150 million shots have been given, equivalent to 11.5% of India's 1.3 billion people.

More than 13 million people aged 18-45 have registered for the jab, but states including central Madhya Pradesh and hard-hit Maharashtra have said they will not start vaccinating this age group on 1 May as planned due to supply problems.

(BBC)


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