In India, the number of corona infections is rapidly going in the wrong direction. On Sunday, the country broke a worrying record.
India had 170,000 new corona infections, more than the United States and Brazil combined.
More contagious virus mutations have also been found in the Asian country. Right now, vaccination production is running out.
India plays a crucial role in the global fight against the coronavirus. “First of all, because of its size,” said epidemiologist Ramanan Laxminarayan. One-sixth of the world’s population lives in India. “If it isn’t over in India, it won’t be over anywhere.”
In addition, India is the world’s pharmaceutical company. 60 percent of all vaccines are produced in India. For example, India has exported 64.5 million doses of corona vaccine to 85 countries.
The Indian Serum Institute currently makes about 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine per month and will soon also produce the American vaccine Novavax.
The Indian Bharat Biotech has developed Covaxin and produces 10 million doses per month. Six other corona vaccines are under development, including an anti-coronaneus spray.