Running Out of Oxygen

Amid overwhelming demand for medical oxygen, India has barred exports of liquid and cylinder oxygen—which some of its neighbors rely on.
 
Nepal, for example, needs more than 100X as much oxygen as it needed in March, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.  

  • Shortages are spreading across swathes of East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and central Europe. All are at risk of, or already, experiencing oxygen shortages.
  • More than 30 countries need at least twice as much oxygen as they did 2 months ago. 


Medical oxygen is 1 of 2 proven treatments for COVID-19—yet there are massive gaps in global access to it.
 
One reason, the Bureau explains: While large hospital systems in Europe and North America enjoy oxygen piped to patients’ bedsides, low- and middle-income countries often rely on individual cylinders that require refilling—sometimes hundreds of miles away from hospitals.

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