US vows steadfast support to India amid rising COVID cases

at 11:17 pm
Joe Biden

New Delhi (NVI): US President Joe Biden tonight held telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and promised to make available raw materials for Covishield vaccine, whose ban recently became a huge irritant in the bilateral relations.

The US had invoked a domestic law to prohibit supply of raw materials to India required for the covid vaccine.

During tonight’s call, Biden said the US was determined to quickly supply
therapeutics, ventilators and identifying sources of raw materials to be made available for the manufacture of Covishield vaccines, the Ministry said.

The White House in its statement said, “President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, committing that the United States and India will work closely together in the fight against COVID-19.”

“The President pledged America’s steadfast support for the people of India who have been impacted by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases,” it added.

Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the COVID-19 situation in their respective countries, including India’s ongoing efforts to contain the second wave of COVID-19 through expedited vaccination efforts, and ensuring supply of critical medicines, therapeutics and healthcare equipment.

“The two leaders resolved that the United States and India will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the effort to protect our citizens and the health of our communities,” the White House said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs of India said that President Biden conveyed solidarity with India and affirmed that the United States was determined to support India’s efforts by quickly deploying resources such as therapeutics, ventilators and identifying sources of raw materials to be made available for the manufacture of Covishield vaccines.

According to the ministry, both the leaders underlined the potential of the India-US partnership in vaccine development and supply to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and directed their respective officials to maintain close coordination and cooperation in their efforts in this domain.

During the conversation, Modi conveyed his heartfelt appreciation for the offer of assistance and support from the government of the United States of America.

He mentioned India’s commitment to contain the COVID-19 pandemic globally through Vaccine Maitri, and its participation in COVAX and the Quad Vaccine Initiatives.

Modi also informed Biden about India’s initiative at the WTO for a relaxation in the norms of the Agreement on TRIPS to ensure quick and affordable access to vaccines and medicines for developing countries.