India Is Battling COVID and Misinformation About COVID ‘Cures’

Misinformation about different traditional medicine cures is gaining momentum.
May 28, 2021, 8:00am
A relative comforts grieving family member of a person who died of COVID-19, at a crematorium on Friday, May 28, 2021.
A relative comforts grieving family member of a person who died of COVID-19, at a crematorium on Friday, May 28, 2021. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

As India’s health professionals battle the spread of COVID-19, some political leaders say traditional medicine systems can cure the coronavirus. VICE News’ senior staff writer Pallavi Pundir reports on how nationalistic fervor for these cures, doctors with fake credentials, and misinformation, are gaining momentum in India and making the pandemic worse.

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This episode was produced by Adizah Eghan.

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