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    Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/...in-covid-cases

    Indian states report vaccine shortages amid record COVID surge
    As country sees record increase in coronavirus cases for a third straight day, many states say they are running out of vaccine supplies.
    By Bilal Kuchay
    9 Apr 2021

    New Delhi, India – As India continues to reel under a second – and more vicious – wave of coronavirus with an average of more than 90,000 cases being reported since April 1, a shortage of vaccines has added to the crisis.

    From under 15,000 cases a day at the beginning of March, India on Friday reported its all-time high of 131,968 new COVID-19 cases – a record increase for a third straight day – pushing the country’s total infection tally to more than 13 million.

    Daily infections surpassed 100,000 mark for the first time on Monday and have now exceeded that mark four times this week, marking the biggest daily rise in the world’s third-worst hit nation after the United States and Brazil.

    Amid the record surge, many Indian states have reported running out of vaccines even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government continues to insist there is enough stock. India is the largest producer of vaccines and is known as the “pharmacy of the world”.

    India started its vaccination programme in January but has been able to administer only 90 million shots in a population of more than 1.3 billion people, with most of them accounting for the first dose of a two-dose regime...
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