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Covid-19: India is going through a very terrible situation, says Dr. Anthony Fauci | India News

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WASHINGTON: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s chief medical adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, said on Friday that India is going through a very dire situation right now regarding the increase in Covid-19 cases.
“India is going through a very terrible situation right now. Yesterday they had the highest number of cases ever reported in any country,” Fauci told a news conference.
India recorded 3,46,786 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, the highest peak in a single day since the pandemic broke out last year.
Regarding the ability of vaccines to protect against Covid-19 variants in India ‘not yet fully characterized’, Fauci said: “They have a situation where variants have emerged. We have not yet fully characterized the variants and the relationship. among the ability of vaccines to protect. But we are clearly assuming that they need vaccines. ”
He said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with their partner agency in India to provide technical support and assistance and suggested vaccinating people.
Meanwhile, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said the United States has a long-standing commitment to India’s public health.
“We are working closely with them on the Covid-19 response. The Quad association and team are providing assistance to all governments,” Zients said at the White House press conference.
The United States is “committed to sharing the vaccine supply” and “as our confidence in our supply increases, we will explore those options.”
“And, you know, this is a global pandemic, and India demonstrates the risk of what can happen if we fail to control the pandemic everywhere. And that is why we made the biggest investment in COVAX and we are committed to sharing the vaccine. . supply. As our confidence in our supply increases, we will explore those options, “said Zients.
India has been shipping doses of AstraZeneca to other nations under its Vaccine Maitri initiatives, but is now facing the worst increase in Covid-19 cases.
Regarding sharing vaccine doses with India, Zients said the process is between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the companies.
Meanwhile, reporting on the US vaccination program, Zients said that everyone over the age of 16 is eligible for an injection consisting of Pfizer and Moderna.

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