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May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The world is in the midst of its worst Covid crisis so far. It didn't have to be this way

(CNN)As India's explosive outbreak spills beyond its borders, the West and its drug companies are under growing pressure to waive intellectual property rights to Covid-19 vaccines and treatments so more countries can start making them.

India is also one of the world's biggest suppliers of vaccines and the cornerstone to the global vaccine sharing initiative COVAX, which has struggled to secure vaccines due to wealthy nations snapping up supplies.

While understandable, India's move "obviously will have consequences for other countries, particularly those in the poorer parts of the world that have barely vaccinated any parts of their population yet," Michael Head, senior research fellow in global health at the University of Southampton, told CNN.

Over the last couple of weeks, as India's Covid-19 crisis has deepened, American social media giants have become platforms of hope for millions of people.

Last year, three in 10 adults worldwide said they wouldn't get a Covid-19 vaccine, Gallup poll finds

Nearly 1. 3 billion adults globally in 2020 said they would not get a Covid-19 vaccine if one were offered to them at no cost, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday, which also found that as many as 1. 7 billion adults temporarily stopped working during the pandemic last year.

Days later, Prince Harry received a standing ovation as he praised the world's frontline medical workers at a concert in Los Angeles, only attended by thousands of vaccinated people, PA Media reports.

A Chinese Communist Party-linked account on Weibo mocked India's Covid-19 crisis on social media.

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