India’s hospitals continue to send crisis messages for emergency oxygen supplies, with top vaccine manufacturers warning that the vaccine shortage could last for months, as the country’s coronavirus counts close to 200 million on Monday.
In the last 24 hours, there have been 376,77 new infections in India and the number of infected people has reached 199.93 million so far, according to official data, the second highest in the world.
India, caught in a devastating second wave, has received more than 300,000 cases a day for more than 10 days. The total death toll reached 218,959, with another 3,417 deaths reported.
Experts say the numbers cannot be reduced because of low test rates and the number of people dying at home, especially in rural areas.
Medical oxygen deficiency has further increased. Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh state hospitals have lost eight patients in eight nights due to lack of life-saving gas, broadcaster NDTV reported. Officials did not confirm the death due to lack of oxygen, but ordered an investigation into the matter.
Leaders of 13 opposition parties have called on the government to launch a free vaccination campaign and ensure uninterrupted oxygen flow to all hospitals.
Several hospitals have sought court intervention over the weekend to supply oxygen to New Delhi, where a lockdown has been extended by a week in an attempt to add to the transmission wave.
The Delhi High Court has said it will start punishing government officials if the hospital is not provided with the allotted oxygen. “The water has gone over my head. Enough is enough, ”it said.
The crisis, which began two weeks ago, showed no signs of improvement, despite assurances from authorities.
“We typically use about 3-3.5 metric tons of oxygen per day. We need to use about 11 metric tons now, and somehow we are managing to get about 6-7 metric tons per day,” Medina Lever’s Arvind Swine Transplant Institute told Al Jazeera. Reported.
Due to the lack of oxygen, India’s Supreme Court has asked the government to consider imposing a nationwide lockdown, but not “before making arrangements to earn a few million daily wages,” Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi.
Last year’s nationwide lockdown caused a lot of trouble for many across the world’s second-most populous country.
In a new push to the country’s vaccination drive, India’s Serum Institute of Ginger Punawalla told the Financial Times in an interview that the company would be able to increase its capacity from the current -0-70 million a month to 100 million doses by July.
Many in India were expecting more levels and sooner than July.
“Vaccine production is a specialized process. So it is not possible to ramp up the product overnight, ”Punawala wrote on Twitter later on Monday.
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“We also need to understand that India’s population is huge and it is not an easy task to give adequate doses to all adults. Even the most developed countries and organizations are struggling with relatively low populations, ”he said.
India is dependent on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine supply, produced by SII, the world’s largest job maker, and distributes it locally under the Covishield brand.
On Saturday, India expanded its defective vaccination campaign to include anyone 18 years of age or older. However, many states have delayed the program citing the crisis.
The country’s daily COID-19 shots fell sharply from an all-time high as the country’s companies struggled to increase supply and imports, despite fighting the world’s worst.
Since the peak reached 4.5.4 million on April 5, the average daily inoculation has reached 2.5 million, with a quarter of coronavirus cases collapsing in several parts of the country during this period.
According to the government’s Co-Win portal, India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, has partially or completely vaccinated only 12 percent of its 1.35 billion people.
The pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced more than 70 700 million in drug grants and is in talks with the government to allow the use of its CVD vaccine in India, a spokesman told the DPA news agency.
International aid has arrived from about 40 countries, including Britain, which is ready to send another 1,000 ventilators to India. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi will hold a video conference on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, several countries, including the United States, have banned or banned travel from India since Tuesday. Following the worst-hit areas, including the extended lockdown in New Delhi, the states of Haryana, Punjab and Orissa have announced new restrictions to curb the spread of the infection.