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With the COVID Crisis Exploding in India, More Countries Turn to China to Fill the Vaccine Void

People walk past notices announcing that the Covishield, AstraZeneca-Oxford's Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine is out of stock at a vaccination centre in Mumbai on April 20, 2021 amidst rising Covid-19 coronavirus cases. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

The vaccine distribution dynamic is rapidly changing in response to the unfolding calamity in India, where the country’s healthcare system has collapsed due to an explosion of infections across the country.

Experts say the Indian government’s claim of 300,000 infections and 2,000 deaths per day is a severe undercount because the pandemic is spreading fastest in the countryside where there’s no way to monitor it due to a lack of public health infrastructure.

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