After months of hope that the second most populous country in the world would be able to keep up with medical support and resources during the pandemic, India is now a focus for international concern. As of the last week of April, India accounted for more than 1 out of 3 reported COVID-19 cases globally. As of the first week of May, almost 400,000 new cases are reported daily in India — and most agree this is an underestimate.
While anyone over the age of 18 in India is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as of May 1, vaccine shortages are rampant. The country is also currently facing widespread shortages of hospital beds, oxygen tanks, and other key resources, which further challenges its ability to recover from the pandemic. As a result, it’s anticipated that India will deal with overwhelming levels of illness for some time to come.
Governments around the world are mobilizing in support. In addition, many organizations are providing immediate help in India, including food and income for impoverished communities, vaccine awareness, support for frontline workers, and the purchase of medical supplies for hospitals and clinics. A few of these organizations include:
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Written by Erin Fitzgerald, GMS, Content Manager