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As criticism mounts, US assures aid to India, hit by Covid | India News


NEW DELHI: The US government entered damage control after facing widespread criticism, especially on social media, for allegedly turning a deaf ear to the dire Covid situation in countries like India and Brazil.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US will swiftly deploy additional support to India and its health heroes to help combat the severe second wave of Covid.

“Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrible Covid-19 outbreak,” Blinken said in a tweet Saturday night.
His statement came as anti-American and anti-Western sentiment erupted on social media with mounting criticism directed at the Biden-Harris administration for running into stocks of unused vaccines and jealously protecting patents.

Even American civil society, lawmakers and businesses joined Washington’s denunciation of its “Americans first” approach, even as countries like India are reeling from the Covid crisis.

Jeff M Smith, a researcher with The Heritage Foundation think tank, said it is worth remembering that when New York and other parts of the United States faced a public health emergency in late 2020 due to the pandemic, the Indian government eliminated an export ban. on the active pharmaceutical ingredient hydroxychloroquine, despite harsh criticism at home.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the United States was working closely with Indian officials at both the political and expert levels to identify ways to help address the health crisis.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the United States is deeply concerned about the severe Covid outbreak in India.
“We are working around the clock to deploy more supplies and support to our friends and partners in India as they bravely fight this pandemic. More very soon,” Sullivan said.
According to a report from the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, the United States is on track to have an oversupply of up to 300 million or more vaccine doses in July, counting the Astra Zeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines that Washington has shelved. even many countries in the developing world will have to wait years to vaccinate most of their populations.
By one count, nearly half (48%) of all vaccine doses administered so far have reached just 16% of the world’s population in high-income countries, undermining WHO’s effort to prevent the disease. inequity in vaccines.
Meanwhile, cases continue to rise at a record pace in India with the country adding its highest increase of 3.49 lakh of new infections to its tally on Sunday.
(With PTI inputs)

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