Indian residents crowdsource COVID-19 supplies on social media

April 29, 2021

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People wait their turn to get tested for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, April 25, 2021.

People wait their turn to get tested for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, April 25, 2021. After having largely tamed the virus last year, the country is in the throes of the world’s worst coronavirus surge, and many of the country’s hospitals are struggling to cope with shortages of beds, medicines and oxygen.

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As India faces a devastating coronavirus surge, most hospitals and pharmacies in New Delhi, the capital, have run out of stocks. Now, people are turning to social media with desperate pleas for ICU beds, medicine and oxygen tanks to keep their loved ones alive. And, millions of people around the world are involved in forced labor. US Customs and Border Patrol has started to seize goods made through forced labor, but critics say they are not transparent enough. Also, an audio postcard about vaccine skepticism in China, by Shanghai author and resident Yashu Zhang.

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