India opens COVID-19 vaccination to all adults as daily cases surpass 400,000

India opens COVID-19 vaccination to all adults as daily cases surpass 400,000

India’s rampant second wave of COVID-19 topped 400,000 new daily cases for the first time on Saturday, as the country opened up its massive vaccination drive to all adults, although several states warned of acute shortages.

The world’s biggest producer of COVID-19 vaccines has a limited number of shots available, worsening a grim wave of infections that has overwhelmed hospitals and morgues while families scramble for scarce medicines and oxygen.

Hundreds of people were seen queuing outside vaccine centres in some areas, and many urged others to get vaccinated as soon as possible after receiving their own.

“I was waiting very eagerly for this day, as the situation is very ugly out there,” one vaccine recipient said. “We should take care of ourselves.”

India received coronavirus aid from Thailand and Singapore on Saturday, while Germany is sending 120 ventilators and France is sending oxygen devices that will be installed in eight hospitals. Russia has also sent 150,000 Sputnik-V vaccine doses.

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