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India urgently accelerates vaccination campaign

The country, which fears a new wave of infections, has approved the emergency use of the single-injection Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

India has approved the emergency use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine to speed up its vaccination campaign, fearing a new wave of infections. Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia said the move would boost the fight against the epidemic in India, where at least 200,000 people died in a brutal wave that lasted two months until mid-June.

«India expands the basket of vaccines! Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine is approved for emergency use in IndiaThe minister said on Twitter.

No indication has been given of when these vaccine doses will be sent to India.

The second most polluted country in the world

India, with a population of 1.3 billion, has so far vaccinated 500 million doses of the vaccine, but only 8% of the population has received two injections.

India remains the second hardest-hit country after the United States, with more than 32 million confirmed cases and 427,000 deaths.

But with no reports of all cases of Covid-19, experts believe the numbers are much higher. These experts also warned of the dangers of slow vaccination, which puts India at risk of a new wave of infections.

The number of new infections and deaths has started to rise again in the past two weeks.

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