Swept off our feet by India’s Covid crisis


With India kicking off the world’s most extensive vaccination program on 16th January 2021 and the total number of active Covid-19 cases around 150,000 and daily cases just over 10,000, the mood was upbeat. Life was slowly but surely coming back to normal.

India had surprised the rest of the world with how it had handled the pandemic and won hearts worldwide by supplying 66 million vaccines to 95 countries around the world.

The sudden spurt in demand for medical oxygen when India was hit by the Covid pandemic in March last year stabilised in a few months. The Government of India (GOI) made a series of steps to ensure the availability and distribution of medical oxygen to hospitals and containment centres. None of the extraordinary measures (for example allowing industrial cylinders for use in medical cylinders) has been revoked since the start of the pandemic. Still, most cylinder equipment manufacturers had diverted their capacity to meet the rising industrial demand, which rebounded after the lockdown was removed and the economy was allowed to breathe again.

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