About 60% of India COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitant While Accumulating Surplus Leaves Hospitals with Few Takers

Depending on what media one follows, the world could be either viewed as one with a dire shortage of  COVID-19 vaccines, such as what World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom described recently, or one increasingly awash in surplus COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Tedros recently declared the need for a moratorium on boosters among the wealthy economies while the low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) catch up. This position was highlighted in TrialSite‘s “World Health Organization Calls Out Rich Nations & Pharma—Enough Profits Not Enough Vaccines to the Poor” where some countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, have under 5% of their population vaccinated against COVID-19. India uniquely represents one of the top 5 largest economies yet also includes one of the largest impoverished populations on the planet. Based on Tedros' logic, India’s poor population should be struggling to access products, yet a mounting surplus of unwanted COVID-19 vaccines indicates a different reality.

Recently showcased in Indian media, an accumulating surplus of COVID-19 vaccines increasingly goes unwanted as hospitals can’t sell them to any other groups or even return the...

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