The world’s most populous nation has become the first country in the world to run out of vaccine doses.
The shortage of vaccine has left tens of millions of Indians in dire straits, leaving them with no other option but to rely on handouts or a lifetime of injections.
The result has been an increasingly desperate and impoverished population.
The Indian public health response is slow, if not completely ineffective.
According to the latest data from the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), the number of deaths due to pneumonia in the country last year reached an all-time high of 13,566,000.
This figure is more than double the 2.4 million recorded in 2015.
In many areas, including the southern city of Chennai, the rate of pneumonia was so high that hospitals were forced to close.
NSSE data also shows that, as of September 30, the country had over 2.3 million cases of the coronavirus, the most deadly strain of the virus.
India is home to over 10 million people with no vaccine available.
The public health failure is not only a health crisis.
The coronaviral pandemic has also cost India over $1 trillion.
The nation is now one of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.
The government says it needs to spend $20 billion to tackle the pandemic, but the figures in this article suggest that even with the funds, India is still struggling to tackle what is an acute problem.
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