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India’s vaccination program has turned into a rat race online

India opened up its vaccination program for the 18-45 age group on May 1. To get the vaccine, people in this age bracket have to go through a two-stage process. First, register on the government-run CoWin portal. And second, book a slot in their area to get their first shot.

While the first part is easy, finding a slot is proving to be a nightmare for people across the country. When the central government announced the expansion of the program in April, it mentioned that vaccine manufacturers in India — currently only two of them — have to supply 50% of their monthly production to the central government and the remaining 50% could be given to states and private hospitals.