New Delhi, July 14 -- Most states where the second covid wave is still raging are also the ones that have clocked greater vaccine coverage than the rest of India, shows a Mint analysis. Kerala, as well as several northeastern states where active infections are on the rise, serve as a warning that high vaccination rates must be accompanied by abundant caution if a third pandemic wave is to be averted, experts said.

Sikkim, which has the highest test positivity rate in India (19%), has already given the first vaccine shot to an estimated 65% of its population, government data shows. The first-dose coverage is 47% for Mizoram, 33% for Kerala, and 26% for Manipur-each of which has a more than 10% positivity rate. Across India, 22% of the pop...