Covid-19 in India: 400,000 additional cases in 24 hours, vaccinations open to all

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India, gripped by an exponential rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, opens Saturday a vaccination campaign for all of its about 600 million adults, despite a shortage, while the bar of 400,000 additional cases in one day has been passed.

India kicks off vaccination campaign, Saturday 1uh Maybe for all of its about 600 million adults, despite the shortage and in the midst of the epidemic, with a new record of more than 400,000 cases of coronavirus infection in 24 hours.

At the forefront of the Brazilian pandemic, India on Saturday recorded 401,993 new infections in the past 24 hours for the first time in the world, the health ministry announced. In April alone, India, a country of 1.3 billion people, was found to have around seven million new infections.

On Saturday, about 3,523 deaths were reported in the past day, bringing the total to 211,853. However, many experts believe that the real numbers are much higher due to insufficient testing and inaccurate registration of the cause of death.

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Even before the launch of a very large-scale vaccination program in India, it appears to be under strain.

Several states, including Maharashtra and New Delhi – among the hardest hit – have warned they are out of vaccines and an expanded campaign deployment is threatened by administrative squabbles, price confusion and technical problems with the government’s digital immunization platform.

So far, about 150 million vaccines have been administered, or 11.5% of the population, and only 25 million people have received two vaccines. “The queues are so huge,” said Jayanti Vasant of the bustling vaccination center in Mumbai, “and people keep fighting.”

International assistance

International medical care, announced by more than 40 countries, began arriving this week in India, where hospitals are sorely lacking in beds, oxygen and medicine.

On Saturday, a plane with equipment will be loaded at French airport in Roissy, and a US military device with more than 400 oxygen tanks and a million coronavirus tests landed in New Delhi on Friday. Further deliveries from many countries are expected in the coming days.

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Rising infections in the country are fueling the spread of the epidemic across the planet, where more than 150 million people have been infected, including nearly six million in one week, according to an AFP tally on Friday. Overall, the pandemic averages more than 800,000 new infections worldwide per day, a number that has more than doubled since mid-February.

For its part, the World Health Organization granted emergency authorization for the Covid-19 vaccine from the American Moderna laboratory on Friday, the fifth to receive such approval from the UN health agency.

The process helps countries that do not have the means to independently determine drug efficacy and safety gain faster access to therapy and will enable the Covax system, which WHO has created with partners, to distribute vaccines to disadvantaged countries. availability of additional vaccines.

With AFP

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