Published: Mon, April 26, 2021

United States to send support as India battles devastating COVID surge

United States to send support as India battles devastating COVID surge

It's pursuing options to generate oxygen on an "urgent basis".


Ms Horne said the materials would help India manufacture the Covishield vaccine. However, there was no mention of the USA shipping ready-to-use vaccines from its stockpiles. "Alarmed by the epidemiological situation 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".

"Number one, we have a special responsibility to the American people, number two, this country [US] has been hit harder than any other country around the world". The administration denied that outright embargoes exist.

The export restrictions fall under the Defense Production Act, which former President Donald J. Trump invoked in the early days of the pandemic and President Biden has used since February to boost vaccine production in the United States.

According to the White House statement, the United States is "working around the clock" to immediately deploy to India drug treatments, rapid diagnostic Covid-19 testing kits, ventilators and personal protective equipment and will seek to provide oxygen supplies as well.

The United States will consider sending surplus AstraZeneca vaccines to India, as backlash over its stockpile grows and the South Asian giant reels from a Covid-19 surge, top USA pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci said on Sunday.

USA is "committed to sharing vaccine supply" and "as our confidence around our supply increases, we will explore those options".

The US Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is funding a substantial expansion of manufacturing capability for BioE, the vaccine manufacturer in India, enabling BioE to ramp up to produce at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022. Further, the United States will also deploy CDC and USAID experts to help India.

She said the United States has already provided India some $1.4 billion in health assistance, emergency relief supplies, pandemic training for Indian state and local health officials, and ventilators.

India recorded 2,767 deaths from Covid-19 on Sunday - the highest since the start of the pandemic.

"Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrific COVID-19 outbreak". Interestingly, India's adversary China says it's ready to provide its neighbor with any kind of support.

"What's unfolding in India at the moment, I think should be a warning sign to the rest of the world of just how devastating and tragic Covid can be".

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a powerful trade body, Asia policy specialists and lawmakers, called on the donate vaccines - such as from its stockpile of 30-40 million doses of unused AstraZeneca shots.

Due to the massive spike in Covid-19 cases in India, it looks likely that the country will be added to the list for mandatory hotel quarantine, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin saying a decision will be made early this week. "We must help now!" tweeted Shekar Narasimhan, founder Super PAC (Political Action Committee) Asian American Pacific Islander Victory Fund.

A group of senators including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and almost 100 members of Congress have sent a letter to the USA president on the issue to waive the intellectual property rights of pharmaceutical companies, ANI reported.

"India is a partner of the United States like none other". Singapore sent oxygen cylinders on Saturday and the UAE, Russia and the European Union are in the process of sending medical supplies.

Arch-foe Pakistan offered medical equipment and supplies after Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted prayers for a "speedy recovery".

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