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Record Vaccinations May Not Stop Deadly Third Wave in India

  • Nation hit a daily high of more than 8 million doses on Monday
  • Experts unsure that vaccine momentum can be maintained
Residents wait in line at a Covid-19 vaccination center in New Delhi, on May 21. 

Residents wait in line at a Covid-19 vaccination center in New Delhi, on May 21. 

Photographer: Sumit Dayal/Bloomberg
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Officials 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.