India is reeling from a new strain of COVID-19 that’s fueled a surge of infections and deaths. To date, India has recorded more than 24-million cases and over 274-thousand deaths. And experts say the numbers are likely much higher, with the virus now spreading to rural villages.
- Smita Sharma , an independent journalist, discusses how the pandemic is impacting New Delhi.
Joining the discussion:
- Dr. Jerome Kim is a specialist in HIV vaccine research and the Director General of the International Vaccine Institute.
- Dr. Lee Riley is a Professor and Chair of the Division of Infectious Disease and Vaccinology at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Dr. Abhishek Rimal is the Asia Pacific Emergency Health Coordinator with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
“Whatever we can do we should be doing,” said Dr. Lee Riley, a UC Berkeley infectious disease expert who lived and worked in New Delhi and retains close ties to India.
“It’s not just an India problem, it’s a global problem.”https://t.co/qcuRgW2COu
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) April 28, 2021
“If we don't put major public health measures in place to bring this down, it will definitely become the new epicentre.https://t.co/n9C6IPPbOZ
— IFRC Asia Pacific (@IFRCAsiaPacific) April 24, 2021