The situation is dire in India as the country continues to report large surges in positive cases. Crematoriums across India are overwhelmed with bodies and people are dying as hospitals run out of oxygen.
India reported 401,993 new cases last week, a record high that no other country has breached. On Saturday, the country hit another grim milestone when it reported that more than 4,000 people died from the coronavirus.
Fauci, in a Sunday interview with ABC News’ “This Week,” said one of the ways to curb the spread is to pressure vaccine manufacturers to distribute doses to India. Vaccine manufacturers have to figure out how to “get literally hundreds of millions of doses” to India,” he said.
About two weeks ago, President Joe Biden promised the US would send help to India in the form of “oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials, and therapeutics.”
“I have advised them in the past that you really need to do that, you’ve got to shut down,” Fauci said. “I believe several of the Indian states have already done that. But you need to break the chain of transmission.”