In rural India, fear of testing and vaccines undermines fight against Covid-19 – Asia – South China Morning Post

In rural India, fear of testing and vaccines undermines fight against Covid-19 – Asia – South China Morning Post

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When health worker Neelam Kumari knocks on doors in Indian villages the occupants sometimes run out the back, terrified that she wants to vaccinate them against Covid-19.

With India’s devastating recent virus surge easing in cities, the deadly pandemic is ravaging the vast poverty-stricken rural hinterland. But here, ignorance and fear rule.

“A lot of people in my village don’t want to take the vaccine. They fear that they will die if they take it,” Kumari said in Dhatrath, a collection of…Read More

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