WASHINGTON – The United States announced this Sunday the “immediate” shipment of new medical resources and raw materials to manufacture vaccines to India to face “urgently” the serious clinical crisis that the country is going through.
Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser to US President Joe Biden, spoke by phone this Sunday with his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, and expressed his “deep solidarity” with the people of India in the face of the boom in COVID-cases. 19.
“The United States is working around the clock to deliver resources and supplies” to India, Sullivan spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement.
Specifically, the North American country will make “immediately available to India” raw materials that are “urgently required to manufacture the Covishield vaccine”, produced by the Serum Institute of India with technology from Oxford and AstraZeneca.
To help treat COVID-19 patients and protect medical personnel, the United States will immediately dispatch “supplies of therapies, rapid test kits, respirators, and personal protective equipment,” and is exploring the possibility of providing generation supplies as well. oxygen, according to the note.
The US Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will provide funding to Indian manufacturer BioE to reach its goal of producing “at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2022,” Horne continued.
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In addition, the United States will send a group of public health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for Development (USAID) to India to help the Indian authorities control the pandemic.
India surpassed 190,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday after four consecutive days breaking its own record of deaths and infections, amid an aggressive wave of the disease that has put the supply of drugs and clinical capacity in crisis.
The Asian country has the worst spread data in the world and is experiencing a critical moment, with the overload of health centers in the most affected regions, and the shortage of medical supplies for treating the virus.
Sullivan noted in his call with Doval that New Delhi “sent assistance to the United States” at the beginning of the pandemic, when its hospitals were collapsing, and that Washington is determined to return the favor and “help India in its time of need.” , says the statement.