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India races for COVID-19 vaccine by mid-August as cases rise

Modi critics see rush as political game while experts find timeline unfeasible

The rush to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in India is fast becoming a political issue for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  (Nikkei Montage/Reuters) 

NEW DELHI -- India's top medical research body is aiming by mid-August to launch the country's first vaccine against COVID-19, an ambitious goal health experts call "unrealistic" and critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi view as a move to help him score political points.

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