India’s emergency vaccination plan blocked, U.S. announces travel ban on India
China News Service, May 1st. According to a comprehensive report, the new crown epidemic in India continues to spread, and the number of new confirmed cases in a single day has reached a record high for several days. On May 1, India will start the next vaccination plan, but the vaccination work is blocked due to insufficient vaccine stocks. In addition, the US government stated that it will impose travel restrictions on India.
[Vaccine stock shortages, India’s next phase of vaccination plans are affected]
India’s Ministry of Health reported on April 30 that there were 386,452 new confirmed cases of new crowns in a single day, renewing the history since the epidemic Record.
The continuous surge of confirmed cases has led to the paralysis of the medical system in many parts of India, and many patients can only receive treatment in temporary establishments. The picture shows medical staff transporting oxygen tanks.
On the evening of April 30th, local time, a fire broke out in a hospital in Baruch, Gujarat, western India, which was treating patients with COVID-19. There are reports that as many as 15 people have died.
Sammar, chairman of India’s New Crown Vaccine Authorization Committee, stated on April 30 that people aged 18 to 44 will be eligible for vaccination on May 1.
However, many states in India have reported a shortage of vaccine stocks. The epidemic prevention departments of the most affected states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and the capital New Delhi said that due to insufficient vaccine supply, they could not start the next stage of vaccination work as scheduled.
In Mumbai, India’s largest city with a population of more than 20 million, a citizen organization issued a statement saying that it had previously suspended vaccination due to “exhaustion of available vaccines”.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India pointed out that the government is coordinating with vaccine manufacturers to increase the production and supply of vaccines. The vaccination started on May 1st will be slightly slower, but it will stabilize soon afterwards.
[The United States announced that it will impose travel restrictions on India]
The White House said on the 13th that in view of the rapid spread of the new crown epidemic in India, the United States will implement travel restrictions on India from next week Measures.
p > White House spokesperson Psaki said that the Biden administration made this decision based on the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She added that the implementation of the policy is to take into account the continuous surge of new crown cases in India and the widespread spread of multiple variant viruses.
Reported that the restrictions will take effect on May 4.
U.S. President Biden said in the announcement: “According to the assessment of public health science experts, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that the mutant virus may be more easily spread and may reduce the protection provided by some vaccines. Worry.” The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that “proactive measures” be taken.
Previously, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Level 4 Travel Health Tips (the highest level), and the U.S. State Department issued Level 4 Travel Recommendations (the highest level), recommending that all Americans avoid traveling to India, and Call on all American citizens in India to leave India as soon as possible.