The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro: How are countries helping India through its COVID-19 crisis?


FILE- In this April 8, 2021 file photo, people wait in queues outside the office of the Chemists Association to demand necessary supply of the anti-viral drug Remdesivir, in Pune, India. As India faces a devastating surge of new coronavirus infections overwhelming the health care system, people are turning to desperate measures to keep loved ones alive. (AP Photo, File)


How are countries helping India through its coronavirus crisis?

ABC’s foreign correspondent Tom Rivers joins The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro to explain the “perfect storm” happening in India.

While vaccines are flowing in many countries, India is not as fortunate. Rivers told Nikki that in India, “Vaccination rates are pretty low, just about 10% overall for the first dose. Those who’ve had two doses, 1.5% across the country, that’s very, very low indeed.”

“A lot of countries are doing what they can…but when you are talking about such a huge, vast country [with] a huge population it’ll help out in some cities and some areas but overall India is in for some tough, tough days and weeks ahead, basically doing it on its own,” explained Rivers.

Listen to the full conversation below.

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