Covid-19: India’s crisis brings vaccine access inequality into sharp focus

Advocates for global access to coronavirus jabs are calling for a more radical approach to their rollout by waiving intellectual property rights to the vaccines

The BKC Covid-19 vaccination centre was closed due to a shortage of vaccines last week in Mumbai, India Pic: Getty

“Every day we hear about more cases within our community. It’s frightening,” Varun B Krishnan, a 33- year-old data scientist sheltering at home in India, said.

A new father, he has been trying to protect his young family by remaining within his apartment compound as his state of Bangalore records 25,000 cases of Covid-19 a day.

Local news reports show people suffocating on the streets outside hospitals due to a lack of oxygen supply while ...