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India COVID spike pushes Bangladesh to tap Sputnik and Sinopharm

Russia and China step up as New Delhi uses vaccines for its own population

Bangladesh is turning to Chia for the Sinopharm vaccine, left, and to Russia for Sputnik jabs as India deals with its own corona crisis. (Source photos by Reuters and Getty Images)

DHAKA/NEW DELHI -- Bangladesh has turned to China and Russia for COVID-19 vaccines now that India has suspended exports to deal with rapidly climbing numbers of infections and deaths.

India finds itself in crisis mode as a second wave of the pandemic sweeps across the country of over 1.3 billion. With New Delhi now scrambling to inoculate as many as it can, its efforts to supply affordable jabs to neighboring countries have been stymied. Russia and China are helping to fill the void.

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