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India’s Covid-19 Vaccinations Get Off to Bumpy Start

Technical problems with India’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout and fears over safety have lowered turnout at inoculation sites

1/24/2021 2:32:00 PM

Technical problems with India’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout and fears over safety have lowered turnout at inoculation sites

Technical problems and fears over safety have lowered turnout at inoculation sites, putting the effort far behind its targeted pace.

Jan. 24, 2021 5:58 am ETNEW DELHI—India’s Covid-19 vaccinations have run into early problems as fewer people than anticipated have been showing up for their shots, putting the country far behind the pace it needs to hit its target of inoculating 300 million by August.

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The lower-than-expected turnout appears to be due to both technical problems with the app that notifies people when it is their turn for a shot and fears over the safety of vaccines that were developed and approved on an accelerated timetable.The county had given around 1.5 million people their first shots as of Saturday, a week after launching the effort. That is an average of about 200,000 a day. It would need to administer 1.3 million a day to reach its August target.

India hasmore government vaccination-drive experienceand manufacturing capacity than most countries, and it had cautioned that the campaign would start slowly. But in the first week, more than 40% fewer showed up for shots than had been anticipated.Government officials say they are still working out the bottlenecks, but the low early turnout among health-care workers—the first to be offered the vaccine—suggests a much longer timeline than expected to protect the population through vaccinations. headtopics.com

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And yet it is sending millions of doses to other countries as a gift for so called ”Vaccine Diplomacy“, considering that India has only vaccinated 0.1 % of their population, it looks like that the focus is geopolitical and PR than eradicating a disease from the country. Every government testing medicine on own people...

So America is on par with India... Or is India on par with America? Either way... India 🇮🇳: Pharmacy of world 🌍