India Crosses 10 Million Covid Cases as Vaccine Approval Pending
India’s coronavirus infections crossed the 10-million mark, despite a recent easing in the number of new cases as the country awaits several emergency vaccine approvals that may help tame the world’s second-worst outbreak.
Some 25,152 new cases were added, according to thelatest data from the federal Health Ministry released on Saturday, much lower than a peak of over 97,000 daily infections in mid-September. The number of deaths stood at 145,136, up 347 from Friday
India has said it expects to startrolling out its Covid-19 immunization program as soon as a shot gets the green-light, but it has yet to approve a vaccine for early use authorization.
Senior government officials have said the delays in getting authorization will not impact their time-line for starting an inoculation campaign, adding that other preparations, including identifying the priority population, setting up cold chains and training vaccinators, are underway.
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