African nations fear becoming the next India as supplies dwindle

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Daily US Times: The funeral pyres in India tell the tragic story of an uncontrolled Covid-19 wave and African nations are fearing that they have to face the same consequences.

For a world that’s grown numb to wave after wave of coronavirus infection, the images of patients dying due to a lack of oxygen and other emergency medical equipment while others lie untended on the floor are a brutal reminder that this coronavirus pandemic is far from over.

In late March, in a desperate attempt to curb coronavirus infection, the Indian government restricted the export of vaccines from its giant manufacturing hubs, to meet some of the country’s more urgent demands. Now, the consequences of that decision are playing out across the world.

In the halls of Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, hospitality workers, taxi drivers and teachers patiently wait for their first precious Covid-19 AstraZeneca shot.

In early March, Kenya received just over 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from the COVAX, a Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access alliance, the vaccine-sharing initiative that provides free and discounted doses for lower-income countries.

Kenya has been one of the most efficient African nations at getting the coronavirus vaccines into the arms of at-risk groups.

COVAX is largely reliant on India’s vaccine manufacturers, but the manufacturers are no longer supply the program because of India’s own Covid crisis.

As vaccine supply stopped, other African nations fear that they could face the same fate as India is now facing.

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