Survey of 15 countries conducted 17-20 December 2020 on what percentage of
adults wish to get vaccinated against Covid-19:
1) China 80%
2) Brazil 78%
3) UK 77%
3) Mexico 77%
5) Korea (South) 75%
5) Australia 75%
7) Canada 71%
8) Germany 65%
9) USA 64%
10) Italy 62%
10) Spain 62%
12) Japan 60%
13) South Africa 53%
14) Russia 43%
15) France 40%
"India begins world's biggest Covid vaccination programme"
The headline seems like common Western hyperbole about India.
I expect that China will vaccinate more people than India.
"India has begun one of the world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccination programmes,
the first major developing country to roll out the vaccine and marking the beginning
of an effort to immunise more than 1.3 billion people."
So China's not considered a 'developing country' any more?
"...a domestically-formulated vaccine, Covaxin, developed by Indian pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech.
The approval of Bharat Biotech’s domestic vaccine, which was co-sponsored by an Indian
government body, has proved controversial. Covaxin is still in phase 3 human trials
and a full data-set on the vaccine’s efficacy has not been released or peer-reviewed"
Western journalists seem inclined to give that a pass, in contrast to how they
would condemn Russian or, particularly, Chinese vaccines.
"The government faces another challenge of growing vaccine opposition in India.
According to a survey of more than 8,000 people carried out by Local Circles,
69% of Indians remain hesitant about taking the vaccine."
How is India's government going to vaccinate 1.3 billion people when 69% of them are unwilling?
The most likely answer appears to be mass coercion or brute force.
India has a record of using brute force to impose mass sterilization.
From the BBC (which usually seems sympathetic toward India's government):
"During the 1975 Emergency - when civil liberties were suspended - Sanjay Gandhi,
son of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, began what was described by
many as a "gruesome campaign" to sterilise poor men. There were reports of
police cordoning off villages and virtually dragging the men to surgery.
An astonishing 6.2 million Indian men were sterilised in just a year, which was
"15 times the number of people sterilised by the Nazis", according to science
journalist Mara Hvistendahl. Two thousand men died from botched operations."
"India carried out nearly 4 million sterilisations during 2013-2014, according to official figures.
Less than 100,000 of these surgeries were done on men. More than 700 deaths
were reported due to botched surgeries between 2009 and 2012."