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COVID in India: the deep-rooted issues behind the current crisis

By Vageesh Jain, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Public Health Medicine, UCL
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India finds itself in the throes of a humanitarian disaster. Until March 2021, case numbers were low in most parts of the country, leading many to think that the worst was over. Much like in Brazil though, jingoism, overconfidence and false reassurance from the political elite negated hard-won progress.

Mass gatherings have acted as state-sanctioned super-spreader events. More infectious variants and a sluggish uptake of vaccines are also fuelling…

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