India’s Oxygen Crisis And Why COVID-19 Variants Are Troubling

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India’s Oxygen Crisis And Why COVID-19 Variants Are Troubling

India is facing a critical shortage of oxygen and limited supply of vaccines, amid a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 21.49 million people infected and over 234,000 deaths as of May 7, 2021.

Ramanan Laxminarayan, a trained epidemiologist and economist, is director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy. He formed OxygenForIndia (, a collective of medical and public health professionals and volunteers.

He speaks to #InConversation about
00:00 The explosion of COVID-19 deaths and cases in New Delhi
00:58 The desperate shortage of oxygen in India due to last-mile logistics challenges
02:06 How OxygenForIndia is helping patients in need of oxygen cylinders
02:44 How the COVID-19 situation in Delhi brings out the best and worst in people
03:33 The Indian variants (B1617 & B1618) of the coronavirus
04:29 Why people should get vaccinated anyway
05:04 India’s vaccination challenge
05:39 Unequal access to vaccines between north and south India

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