Cutting throughout ideological strains, influential American lawmakers have come out in help of India, urging the Biden Administration to urgently present all doable assist to the nation in its combat towards COVID-19.
Describing India as one of many closest allies and foremost strategic companions, Congressman Adam Schiff, Chair of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, mentioned when the COVID-19 pandemic pushed American hospitals to the brink of collapse, India got here to America’s speedy assist and supported it by this disaster.
“Now, as America continues on a cautiously steady path to recovery, India is facing the worst COVID-19 surge anywhere in the world, with hundreds of thousands of daily new cases, and thousands dying while waiting for access to life-saving care,” Schiff mentioned.
“This is a humanitarian crisis and an international emergency, and I’m grateful that the Biden Administration has elected to supply the raw materials, therapeutics, test kits, ventilators, and protective gear that India needs to get this unprecedented surge under control,” he mentioned.
“To beat COVID-19 at home, we must curb its spread abroad before it mutates and causes yet another painful surge on our shores. Helping India – as well as our allies and neighbours across the globe – is a moral imperative, and this kind of international cooperation is critical to ending this crisis,” Schiff mentioned.
Senator Dick Durbin mentioned the announcement of US donations of key medical supplies to nations in want like India are the suitable selections for everybody concerned. “This is a global pandemic, we all need to work together to overcome this virus,” he mentioned.
Senator Scott Peters mentioned that the United States Senate stands with the individuals of India as they face a devastating COVID-19 surge.
“My heart breaks over the tragedy unfolding in India, including the thousands of lives lost per day to the COVID-19 virus,” Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera mentioned, including that over the previous a number of days, he has spoken with US Administration officers relating to the outbreak in India and the steps the US is taking to present help.
“I applaud the Biden Administration for its decision to send urgently needed resources to help the Indian people, including raw materials necessary for vaccine development, personal protective equipment (PPE), rapid diagnostic testing, and oxygen-related supplies,” he mentioned.
Bera, the longest serving Indian-American Member of Congress mentioned that he’ll proceed to work with the Biden Administration and his colleagues within the US Congress to guarantee the help reaches the individuals of India and impacted communities around the globe.
“COVID-19 is a global virus that requires global cooperation, driven by American ingenuity and leadership. We have an important role to play in ensuring the virus is defeated not only in the US, but around the world,” Bera mentioned.
Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton mentioned the Biden-Harris administration was making obtainable supplies for vaccines, assessments, PPE and ventilators to assist India on this time of disaster.
Speaking to media, Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi mentioned that nearly 730 completely different mutations and variants have now arisen in India. “It only takes one of them to overpower the vaccines that we have here in the United States,” he mentioned.