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India speeds up vaccinations as cases soar again

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Science  02 Apr 2021:
Vol. 372, Issue 6537, pp. 12-13
DOI: 10.1126/science.372.6537.12


A second COVID-19 wave is hitting India after five straight months of declining case numbers. Nationwide, cases have soared from just over 11,000 daily in mid-February to more than 60,000 per day this week, more than half of them in Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital. The remainder are concentrated in seven other states, but scientists worry the disease may soon surge across the country again. India is fighting the rise with new restrictions and efforts to step up vaccination. But although the country produces two authorized COVID-19 vaccines, its immunization campaign has yet to gather steam.

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