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A court in New Delhi has said it will start punishing Indian government officials for failing to deliver the life-saving items, as hospitals struggle to secure a steady supply of oxygen.
The Associated Press reports:
Water has gone above the head. Enough is Enough […] We can’t have people dying.
The scenes in India of families desperately searching for oxygen for critically ill Covid patients will be repeated in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and other countries in Africa and around the world unless a significant international effort is made to ensure all countries have good oxygen supplies, campaigners have said.
The focus on vaccines and tests, while important, has been obscuring the need for oxygen, which is cheap and readily available in high-income countries but in short supply elsewhere, they say. Before India, there was similarly shocking footage from Manaus in Brazil where distressed relatives pleaded for oxygen to keep a family member alive.