In some ways the country has done well with 139million doses administered, more than any other country except the US and China.
India is second in the world only behind the US in terms of doses administered, but these figures only represent about 10 and 1.6 percent, respectively, of the vast population – and definitely not enough to stop this wave.
Alongside vaccine rollouts, experts say authorities should have prepared the already-struggling healthcare system for another surge of the virus by lining up supplies like oxygen and planning how to get them to patients.
Dr Jameel added: “We celebrated too early. Modellers were predicting a second wave, and historically, if you look at respiratory pandemics they come back.
“But nobody really expected it to be this big, we were really caught by surprise and it has completely overwhelmed the system.”