Up to the challenge? India in race to vaccinate as Covid-19 variants spread

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While China claims to have conquered Covid-19 and as the United States runs ahead of schedule in its inoculation drive, let's talk about India, where the race to vaccinate is a race against time in a nation hit hard by virulent new strains. We ask about nighttime curfews and weekend lockdowns that citizens here in Europe can certainly relate to. We also ask about the new wave hitting places like Mumbai and Delhi.

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The whole world is waiting on the planet's leading producer of pharmaceuticals, particularly with a pause on exports of vaccines that will not be lifted until June at the earliest. And yes, this tale of fragile global supply chains involves AstraZeneca.

As for India itself, we talk about a major test for a nation that until recently boasted the world's highest growth rate. What strategy to rebound in a post-pandemic world? The IMF's latest growth projections signal a growing gap between economies that beat Covid-19 early and those that take longer. What does it all mean for ordinary citizens?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.

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