White House National Security Advisor to US President Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan on Sunday spoke to Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and agreed to deploy extra provides, assets, raw material for vaccine manufacturing in India.
“Spoke today with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval about the spike in COVID cases in India and we agreed to stay in close touch in the coming days. The United States stands in solidarity with the people of India and we are deploying more supplies and resources,” White House National Security Advisor wrote on Twitter.
“The US is deeply concerned by the severe COVID outbreak in India. We are working around the clock to deploy more supplies and support to our friends and partners in India as they bravely battle this pandemic…” he added.
“The United States is working around the clock to deploy available resources and supplies. The United States has indentified sources of specific raw material urgently required for Indian manufacturer of the Covishield vaccine that will immediately be made available for India,” Jake Sullivan knowledgeable.
“…identified supplies of therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators and PPE suits that will (also) be made immediately available to India,” Sullivan additional talked about.
Move after Biden administration confronted criticism
The Biden administration has come beneath criticism from a number of quarters, together with from members and supporters of the Democratic celebration, for not releasing surplus COVID-19 vaccines to India when the nation is experiencing its worst-ever public well being disaster.
Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi urged the Biden administration to launch doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to nations presently experiencing the lethal surge in COVID-19 circumstances.
“We are presently sitting on shut to 40 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the US stockpile, a stockpile which we’re not utilizing and which we’ve already opened to fight COVID-19 in Mexico and Canada,” he mentioned.
To curb the unfold of this virus internationally and to defend public well being and the worldwide economic system, the US wants to get these vaccines out the door now, he mentioned.
“I respectfully however strongly name on the Biden administration to launch thousands and thousands of AstraZeneca vaccine doses to nations hardest hit by the unfold of COVID-19, together with India, Argentina, and doubtlessly others, he added.
Indian-American Congressman from California Ro Khanna mentioned that the management of the influential Congressional India Caucus will talk about with the federal government officers and the Indian envoy in the US to ship pressing well being provides to assist India battle its battle in opposition to coronavirus.
“The US-India caucus management can be discussing with authorities officers & Indian Ambassador on a bipartisan foundation to ship AZ vaccines we are going to by no means use, PPE, oxygen and different fast help. Time is of the essence to mobilize,” Khanna mentioned on Sunday.