Image by Herbert II Timtim from Pixabay 

In mid-April, as the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic took a deadly turn in India, many middle-class people found themselves confronted with a problem they didn’t know existed – loved ones dying from a lack of oxygen as state-of-the-art private hospitals ran out of supplies.

Obtaining this life-saving gas had never before been a problem for well-off Indians. But for poor India – dependent on government-run hospitals – access to oxygen is often a matter of life and death. 


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