US ensures the supply of vaccine raw materials after Joe Biden calls Narendra Modi.
The two leaders spoke a day after the US agreed to deploy resources such as therapies, ventilators and identify the raw materials that will go into making the Covishield vaccine.
US President Joe Biden on Monday expressed solidarity with India in its fight against COVID-19 and affirmed that his country was determined to support his efforts by rapidly deploying resources such as therapeutics, ventilators and identifying sources of raw materials that will be available for the manufacture of the Covishield vaccine, according to a statement.
Biden expressed the United States’ support for India in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two leaders discussed the pandemic situation in their countries, including India’s ongoing efforts to contain the second wave of COVID-19 through accelerated vaccination efforts and ensuring the supply of medicines, therapeutics, and critical medical equipment.
Modi also briefed Biden on India’s initiative at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to relax the rules of the TRIPS Agreement to ensure fast and affordable access to vaccines and medicines for developing countries, according to the statement.
“I had a fruitful conversation with @POTUS @JoeBiden today. We discussed in detail the evolution of the COVID situation in both countries. I thanked President Biden for the support provided by the United States to India,” Modi tweeted.
Today, I spoke with Prime Minister @narendramodi and pledged America’s full support to provide emergency assistance and resources in the fight against COVID-19. India was there for us, and we will be there for them.
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 26, 2021
According to the statement, Modi expressed his sincere appreciation for the offer of assistance and support from the United States.
He mentioned India’s commitment to contain the COVID-19 global pandemic through ‘Vaccine Maitri’, and its participation in COVAX and Quad Vaccine initiatives.
Modi underscored the need to ensure smooth and open supply chains of raw materials and supplies necessary for the manufacture of vaccines, drugs, and therapies related to COVID-19.
Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need. https://t.co/SzWRj0eP3y
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 25, 2021
Both leaders underscored the potential of the India-US partnership. In the development and supply of vaccines to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and ordered their respective officials to maintain close coordination and cooperation in their efforts in this area, according to the statement.
The two leaders agreed to keep in regular contact.
The President of the United States and his Vice President, Kamala Harris, had previously assured India and its people that they would provide all assistance, including the urgent shipment of necessary life-saving medical supplies and equipment, to help the country fight the coronavirus crisis.
“Just as India sent assistance to the United States because our hospitals were overloaded at the beginning of the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need,” Biden said in a tweet.
The coronavirus The situation remained grim in India with the daily COVID-19 the count of infections and the number of deaths touching new peaks in recent days.
India recorded 3.52,991 cases, the highest so far, bringing the infection count to 1,73,13,163, while active cases have crossed the 28 lakh mark, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health updated on Monday.
The death toll rose to 1.95,123 with a record 2,812 new deaths, data updated at 8 a.m. Monday showed.