Record vaccinations may not stop third wave in India
NEW DELHI: Offi als in New Delhi rejoiced earlier this week when India hit a single-day record by administering more than 8 million Covid-19 vaccinations.
But even this unprecedented pace may not be fast enough for a country just emerging from a devastating second wave to head off a third one, experts say. They also question whether this week’s push averaging about 4.6 million doses a day, up from about 3 million for most of the past month, can be sustained.
Despite halting all exports in April and benefiting from a huge vaccine producing industry, India has covered only 4% of its vast population, putting it far behind most of the West and China, which is deploying about 20 million doses a day. At this rate, some scientists say a third wave could arrive within months, driving fears the country may see a repeat of the recent nightmare of oxygen shortages and overwhelmed hospitals.
“I don’t think the recent spurt can be maintained, given what we know of the supply situation,” said Gautam Menon, a professor of physics and biology at Ashoka University, who also works on modeling outbreaks. “The single-day spike seems to have been the result of a concerted effort by some states, who may have stockpiled doses for this purpose. We would need to get to about 10 million doses per day to ensure that a future wave is less pent.”
India’s challenges in accelerating its inoculation drive are considerable. The fewer than 100 million doses per month being currently pumped out of two local manufacturers are struggling to cover its nearly 1.4 billion people. There is also considerable hesitancy to overcome and logistical hurdles to reaching much of the countryside, where more than two-thirds of Indians live.
Blame Modi blame Modi blame Modi
Whatever happens blame Modi.
India is lucky to have MODI as it's leader,we will undoubtedly fight this CHINESE VIRUS with full strength and come out successful.
People with negative mentality can do a lot by kee their dirty mouths shut.
Your paper seems to hell bent on spreading fear among public.
stop fear mongering to prome yourself. people are already depressed enough
when nobody anticipated such 2nd wave, how come we can now predict 3rd wave. it's like saying it rained today, so it will rain tomorrow also. everyday it's a new prediction. just mask up , follow social distancing, maintain hygiene, get vaccinated and shut up
The author has gone mad. I don't why such biased articles are allowed.
Present vaccination drive should be encouraged.
real problem is the chaos being created by so called "experts" .. never were their predictions consistent to one another nor they hav advised in time ..
who is this pessimistic author. why are you looking for negativity in this positive development
News papers and News channels will make sure 3rd wave comes in India!!
Blamng Modi has become a fashion for decimated po itical parties with back ground support from many news channels and publishers who are in act the brain child of congress .
The situation arise because of modi....
This article is as per expectations is negating all the effort made by the go nment.
We are in a country where po iticians & burecrats just make big promises & we blindly accept them as we don't have any option. Only we ourselves can save us by following rules for a few more months
BJP needs to go.. they are only worried about upcoming UP ions.. rest of the indians can go to hell...
One thing I didn't understand till now why vaccine roll out of Sputnik V is so slow. It's been 2 months since 1st batch arrived but till now board didn't even approve the vaccine. What po itics they are playing?? Something fishy is going on. Seems they 1st want to sell all Covishield vaccines then they will start roll out of other vaccines.
Hope there is no ion at that time.
This article is a junk. This week after record, India inoculated on a 6 million per day.
Only 4 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Single dose vaccination numbers may fool citizens but it will not fool the vir s.
calculate in percentage please China US has covered 90 %of population . India has not even covered 25 % fully .we need to tech 50 million doses per day
why INDIANS are having so many children