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India Begins Vaccination For All Adults

India posted a record daily rise of 401,993 new Coronavirus cases as the country opened up its massive vaccination drive to all adults, although several states warned of acute shortages.

It was the first time India's daily case count had topped 400,000 after 10 consecutive days over 300,000. Deaths from COVID-19 jumped by 3,523 in 24 hours, taking the total toll in India to 211,853.

The world's biggest producer of COVID-19 vaccines has a limited number of shots available, worsening a grim second wave of infections that has overwhelmed hospitals and morgues while families scramble for scarce medicines and oxygen.

Some experts blame mass religious gatherings and political rallies for the severity of India's second wave, which caught the government unprepared.