Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden had a phone call Monday evening. Describing the phone call as “successful,” Prime Minister Modi said he thanked Biden for supporting India amid the massive second wave of Covid.
“We had a fruitful conversation with @POTUS @JoeBiden today. We discussed in detail the development of the COVID situation in both countries. I thanked President Biden for the support provided by the United States to India, “Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
“My chat with @POTUS @JoeBiden also highlighted the importance of smooth and efficient supply chains of vaccine raw materials and drugs. Indo-US healthcare partnership can meet the global challenge of COVID-19 “, added the Prime Minister.
The Modi-Biden talks come a day after the United States assured India that it would immediately supply the specific raw materials needed to manufacture the Covishield vaccine. A senior White House official said the Biden administration was “working tirelessly” to deploy all resources and supplies to bolster the country’s fight against the deadly peak of COVID-19.
The Biden administration has come under fire from many quarters, including from members and supporters of the Democratic Party, for failing to distribute surplus COVID-19 vaccines in India as the country experiences its worst public health crisis .
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India urged the United States to provide the raw materials for the manufacture of the Covishield vaccine.
Expressing deep sympathy for the Indian people following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, US National Security Advisor (NSA) Jake Sullivan, in a phone call with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on Sunday, said America’s solidarity with India.
“Just as India sent aid to the United States when our hospitals were overcrowded at the start of the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India when needed,” said Emily Horne, spokesperson for the US NSA after the phone call between Sullivan and Doval.
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“Building on the seven-decade health partnership between the United States and India – including the battles against smallpox, polio and HIV – they decided that India and the United States would continue to fight together against the global COVID-19 pandemic, ”said Horne. .
Observing that the United States is “working tirelessly” to deploy available resources and supplies, Horne said the United States has “identified specific raw material sources urgently needed for Indian manufacture of the Covishield vaccine which will be immediately made available to India “.
(With PTI inputs)
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