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India is counting on a mass coronavirus inoculation effort combined with the shipping of domestically-manufactured vaccines to other countries in a bid to eliminate the threat of COVID-19 to its people.   © Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty Images
Asia Insight

India pushes COVID shots in two-pronged effort at home and abroad

But supply and other issues pose challenge to domestic rollout for 300 million

KIRAN SHARMA, Nikkei staff writer | India

NEW DELHI -- Filled with optimism and anxiety, health care providers lined up to receive the first COVID-19 vaccine injections at a government hospital in the Indian capital on Jan. 16, the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off a massive immunization drive aimed at inoculating 300 million people.

"I'm taking the plunge as it provides me with a sense of security," said an anesthetist, 35, who asked that her name not be used. The woman worries about her family as she works in the hospital's COVID-19 intensive care unit and thus remains at high risk for infection and potentially passing on the coronavirus at home, including to her three-year-old son.

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