After contracting COVID-19 earlier this year during the second trimester of her pregnancy, Priyali Sur was turned away by hospitals. The Delhi-based independent journalist shared that as she fought off high temperatures during the infection, she was scared not only for her life but also for the safety of her child.
Just like Sur, numerous cases of pregnant women and new mothers getting infected with the virus were reported during the second wave that proved to be fatal for some.
While in many other countries, vaccinations are available for pregnant women, India did not approve it citing there wasn’t enough clinical data to back the decision. Sur decided to petition the Delhi High Court to vaccinate pregnant women on priority but was turned down.
However, over the last week, the Centre’s decision to start vaccinating this vulnerable population has offered a ray of hope.
(Interviewed by Sherina Poyyail; produced by Manasi Phadnis; video edited by Dhruv Sharma)