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Medical oxygen shortages in India: could other countries be at risk of a similar disaster?

AFP, 01 May 2021
A devastating surge in coronavirus infections has exposed India's dilapidated health infrastructure and a deep shortage of medical oxygen. Experts have for years raised the alarm about shortages of oxygen in India and other poor countries, but the extra strain caused by Covid-19 has led to a catastrophic situation. The World Health Organization estimates one person in five suffering from Covid-19 needs oxygen as an essential part of their treatment. With cases surging around the world, advocates are warning other countries with chronic shortages may be at risk for a repeat of an India-like situation.

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