Stuttering Apps and Desperate Queues: Indians Scramble to Get Elusive COVID Jab

Amid the catastrophic second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, Indians across the country are scrambling to book a slot on the government’s faltering CoWIN platform for their vaccination.

India’s federal government has been offering anti-COVID jabs for people aged 18 to 44 (800 million citizens) since 1 May. People need to register on the government-developed CoWin app before getting vaccinated. 

However, many are reporting problems with the app and complaining that they can’t register – as supplies of the vaccine dwindle. Some people in the state of West Bengal have turned up at hospitals only to be refused a jab because they’ve run out.

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