About 1 in every 3 cases of COVID-19 registered daily in the world is now in India, where the rate of new infections is growing faster than in any other nation.
A second wave of COVID-19 infections in India has completely wiped out the nation’s medical infrastructure as families make desperate demands for oxygen and other safety supplies for social media.
In the capital city of New Delhi, morgues use it mass cremations to dispose of the bodies of COVID victims. In some hospitals, patients are waiting outside in ambulances for lack of ventilators inside.
Volunteers have also been intensified to help with supply issues, including India Cares, a community of more than 3,000 people who use social media to get everything from blood donors to oxygen and medicine.
Mohd Saqib, a 23-year-old student who recently joined the organization, told BuzzFeed News that aid calls are growing every day.
“We lose every day from our Indian family,” Saqib said. “When a person [makes a] asks and after some time we know that the same person is no more, this moment is the worst. “
In a emergency meeting chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials have agreed to divert oxygen destined for industrial purposes to meet immediate medical needs and to use the country’s transport networks to more quickly secure supplies to states that they need it more.
Modi also urged states to take stronger action on potential hoarding of supplies.
India escaped the COVID-19 virus during the first year of the pandemic. Even if the nation is fourth in the world for its own sake official world death toll, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico, its death rate was low compared to its population of nearly 1.4 billion. And when India entered 2021, it appeared to have the disease under control, as homes and deaths had fallen from a peak in September.
But since March, the nation has seen an explosion of infections, suspected to be driven by a new variant of the coronavirus called B.1.617. The National Institute of Virology of India said that this variant has taken off a lead in transmissions, appearing in about 61% of the cases tested in a province last week. It is sometimes called the “double mutant” variant because it contains two mutations associated with increased contagion; its role in the fire of India it remains clear due to limited medical evidence for variants here.
Now about 1 in 3 three cases of COVID-19 registered each day worldwide are in India, and the rate of new infections is growing faster than in any other nation. About 2,000 COVID-related deaths are also recorded here every day, about a sixth of the global total. But a analysis by the Financial Times based on cremation records suggest that many people dying of COVID-19 in India are not counted in official statistics.
Giridhar R. Babu, epidemiologist of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), predicted that this situation “will not be the last wave and also the last pandemic”.
In an interview with local media, Babu said the current situation in India should be a global issue.
“If disease control is neglected in some parts of the world, every other part is in danger of importing infections,” Babu said. “We need to rigorously and meticulously review the COVID situation in the country while expanding vaccine coverage.
“Strong leadership and public health resources must be available to build resident systems, including strengthening epidemiological and genomic surveillance for COVID-19 to detect outbreaks. It is unrealistic to expect tangible gains without a strong focus on the strengthening the health system, especially not strengthening human resource recruitment and capacity building ”.
The situation in India has been blamed in part on the government, with critics including the PHFI president, accusing The Modi administration will prematurely declare a victory against the virus when efforts should be made to strengthen the nation’s medical infrastructure.
Instead, India’s electoral authorities have announced it key elections in five states, the country’s cricket board has given the green light for an international game with a stadium full of spectators, and the Hindu festival of Kumbh mela brought millions to Haridwar for the holy occasion.
The escalation of the COVID-19 crisis in India is also bad news for the global effort to vaccinate people against coronavirus. The Serum Institute of India in Pune is the largest manufacturer of vaccines in the world and has been commissioned making an initial 200 million dose of a version of the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine for COVAX, a partnership between the WHO, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and Gavi, Vaccine Alliance, which aims to bring vaccines to good bargaining for developing nations. the world.
But the Indian domestic vaccination initiative has struggled, with only 1.4% of the population currently completely vaccinated against COVID-19. At the end of March, India has halted vaccine exports to divert the supply of the AstraZeneca vaccine to its own vaccination unit.
The Serum Institute of India has it too signed an agreement to produce about one billion doses of a coronavirus vaccine developed by the American company Novavax once it obtained approval. Thus higher pressure to use the nation’s vaccine manufacturing capacity to bolster its own vaccination program will have devastating effects on the world. India he also argued that U.S. export controls of the raw materials used to make vaccines hinder its ability to respond to global demand.
The US is also under pressure to donate about 20 million doses of unused AstraZeneca vaccines that have not yet been authorized for use by the FDA. AstraZeneca said it would be soon 30 million US doses ready, even if the SU agreed to send 4 million doses in Canada and Mexico in March. Asked about the donation of these AstraZeneca stocks, Jeff Zients, White House response coordinator for COVID-19, said Friday that the U.S. will “explore options” to ship excess vaccines “at the time of our confidence around to our own offer. ” He pointed to President Joe Biden I pay $ 4 billion to COVAX in February as an indication of the country’s support for global vaccination.
Meanwhile, the CDC is consulting with Indian health officials and offering technical assistance, said Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“It’s a terrible situation that we try to help in any way we can,” he said. “Obviously, they need to vaccinate their people.”