About one in three COVID-19 infections recorded each day worldwide are currently in India, where the rate of new infections is growing faster than any other country.
The second wave of COVID-19 infections in India has completely overwhelmed the nation’s health infrastructure as families begged for oxygen and other lifesaving supplies on social media.
In the capital New Delhi, the morgue is in use to mass cremation handling COVID victims, and in some hospitals, patients have to wait outside the ambulance due to lack of internal breathing apparatus.
The volunteers have also increased the support issues provided, incl India CaresA community of more than 3,000 uses social media to deliver everything from blood donors to oxygen and medicine.
Mohd Saqib, a 23-year-old student recently joined the organization, told BuzzFeed News that calls for help are increasing every day.
“We are losing every day from our Indian family,” Saqib said. “When one person [makes a] request and then after a while we know that the person is gone, this moment is the worst. ”
In one emergency meeting Led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials agreed to redirect oxygen for industrial purposes to meet immediate medical needs and use the country’s transportation network to be faster. is delivered to the countries that need it most.
Modi also calls on nations to act more aggressively in hoarding the potential supply.
India escaped the worst episode of COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic. Although this country ranks fourth in the world number of official deaths globally, after the US, Brazil and Mexico, its mortality rate is low compared to a population of nearly 1.4 billion people. And when India enters 2021, it appears that the epidemic is already under control, as cases and deaths have fallen from their peak in September.
But since March, the country has experienced an outbreak of infections, suspected to be caused by a new variant of the coronavirus named B.1.617. The National Institute of Virology of India reports that this variant has takes the lead in transmission, appear in about 61% of all cases are examined in one province last week. It is sometimes referred to as the “double mutation” variant because it contains two mutations associated with increased contagiousness, its role in the outbreak of the disease in India. still not clear due to limited medical testing for variations there.
Currently, one in every three cases of COVID-19 recorded each day worldwide is in India, and the rate of new infections is growing faster than in any other country. About 2,000 COVID-related deaths are also being registered there every day, about one-sixth of the global total. But one Financial Times analysis Records from cremations show that many people dying of COVID-19 in India are not officially counted.
With his healthcare system on the brink of collapse, Giridhar R. Babu, an epidemiologist from the Public Health Organization of India (PHFI), warns that this “will not be the case. the last and not the last pandemic ”.
In an interview with local averageBabu said the current situation in India should be of global concern.
“If disease control is ignored in some parts of the world, elsewhere there is a risk of importing infectious diseases,” says Babu. “We need to closely and meticulously review the COVID situation in the country and expand the coverage of vaccines.
“Strong public health leadership and resources are needed to build resident systems, including strengthening epidemiological and genomic surveillance for COVID-19 to detect outbreaks. It would be unrealistic to expect tangible benefits without a strong focus on strengthening the health system, especially without increasing recruitment and capacity building ”.
The situation in India is partly blamed on the government, with critics, including the chairman of the Public Health Foundation of India, accusation Modi’s administration soon declared victory over the virus, while efforts should have been focused on strengthening the nation’s health infrastructure.
Instead, the Indian electoral bodies announced important election In five states, the country’s cricket councils have green-lighted an international match with a stadium full of spectators and Hindu festivals. Kumbh mela brought millions of Hindus to Haridwar for the holy feast.
The escalating COVID-19 crisis in India is also very bad news for the global effort to vaccinate people against coronavirus. The Indian Serum Institute in Pune is the world’s largest producer of vaccines, and commissioned created 200 million initial doses of an Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine for COVAX, a partnership between WHO, Alliance for Disease Readiness Preparedness Innovation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, aims to deliver affordable vaccines for developing countries around the world.
But India’s domestic vaccine deployment has encountered difficulties, with only 1.4% of the population is now fully vaccinated with COVID-19. At the end of March, India halts vaccine exports to transfer AstraZeneca vaccine supplies to your own vaccination site.
The Indian Serum Institute has also signed an agreement to produce about one billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by the US company Novavax after its approval. So the further pressure to use the nation’s vaccine production capacity to advance their own stagnant program will have a strong worldwide impact. India have also debated that US export controls on raw materials used to make vaccines would hamper the country’s ability to meet global demand.
America is also under pressure to donate about 20 million doses unused AstraZeneca vaccine has not been approved by the FDA for use. AstraZeneca says it will be available soon 30 million doses in the US ready, though United States agree to send 4 million doses went to Canada and Mexico in March. When asked about the donation of that AstraZeneca stock, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zient said on Friday that the United States “would explore options. choose “to ship excess vaccines overseas” as our confidence in our own supply grows “. He pointed to President Joe Biden’s store Commitment of $ 4 billion to COVAX in February as a sign the country supports global immunization.
Meanwhile, the CDC is consulting with Indian health officials and providing technical assistance, said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“It’s a serious situation where we are trying to help in any way we can,” he said. “Obviously, they need to get their people vaccinated.”