Joe Biden, the President of the United States, said on Sunday that his government would instantly send raw materials for coronavirus vaccines, protective gear, and medical equipment to help India as the country is facing a massive surge in COVID-19 infections. Biden Tweeted after the announcement of the list of measures from the White House said that just as India sent assistance to America as U.S. hospitals strained early in the coronavirus pandemic. Now they determined to help India in its time of need.
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: pic.twitter.com/yDM7v2J7OA
— Jake Sullivan (@JakeSullivan46) April 25, 2021
Emily Horne, the National Security Council, said that the American officials working day and night to deliver available supplies and resources to help India manufacture the Covishield vaccine and aiming to a huge number of Indians who are sick with the virus and dying. America will also send ventilators, instant diagnostic test kits, and therapeutics. Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, urged all nationals to exercise caution and receive vaccination, as the country set a world record for new coronavirus infections in a single day.
The U.S.A Intended to Provide India with Medical Supplies
The U.S. also intended to deliver India with oxygen generation and related medical supplies, according to Horne. Ro Khanna, the United States Representative and Democratic vice-chair of the Congressional India Caucus, greeted the announcement from the American government but urged the U.S. President to go with additional moves and give India the U.S.’ unused coronavirus vaccines doses from AstraZeneca Plc. Further, he adds that let’s use the American military and send as many AstraZeneca doses and oxygen to India as the government can.
FDA Didn’t approve AstraZeneca’s Vaccine in the United States
On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top American infectious disease official, told ABC News that this move from the president was surely going to be considered actively. Still, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) didn’t approve AstraZeneca’s vaccine use in the country. Whereas the country stockpiled millions of AstraZeneca’s vaccine and top American officials state that they have enough doses of the other three drug makers approved vaccine to inoculate all Americans in the coming few weeks.
The top business lobbying group of the country also urged the administration to send AstraZeneca’s vaccines to countries combating rising cases. Moreover, the White House declined to comment on the possibility of delivering AstraZeneca doses to India. The Brown University School of Public Health’s Dean, Ashish Jha, said that the engagement of top Biden government officials echoed a welcome seriousness of purpose to deal with the crisis in India, but details were lacking.
He said that it spread an impression in the case of delivering AstraZeneca vaccine doses to India that Washington would deliver something that it doesn’t want. Furthermore, senior American officials expressed their concerns that new COVID-19 variants emerging in India could weaken progress made in the U.S. in fighting the outbreak. The infections’ new wave also threatens the economic Indian recovery – the 6th largest economy in the world.
Biological E Ltd (BioE)
Horne said the U.S. would send an experts’ team to work with Indian health officials from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and United States Agency for International Development. Along with the instant aid, the American Development Finance Corporation will fund a considerable expansion of developing capability for Indian vaccine manufacturer Biological E Ltd (BioE), enabling the firm to produce a minimum of one billion doses of coronavirus vaccines by 2022 end.