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How India’s Vaccine Drive Crumbled and Left a Country in Chaos

  • India opened inoculations to an extra 600 million people
  • States are now left fighting with private companies for shots
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WATCH: "Why is Covid-19 devastating India? Raina MacIntyre, a professor of biosecurity at the University of New South Wales in Sydney outlines what can be done and how it could possibly get worse.(Source: Quicktake)
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When India launched its Covid-19 vaccination drive in mid-January, the chances of success looked high: It could produce more shots than any country in the world and had decades of experience inoculating pregnant women and babies in rural areas.

“Our preparation has been such that vaccine is fast reaching every corner of the country,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Jan. 22. “On the world’s biggest need today, we are completely self-reliant. Not just that, India is also helping out many countries with vaccines.”