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The United States works nonstop to deliver urgently needed supplies to India to fight Covid-19: State Department | India News


WASHINGTON: The Biden Administration is working tirelessly to do everything possible to urgently deliver the supplies India needs most to combat the deadly Covid-19 wave, the US State Department said.
The current situation in India is of great concern to the United States, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters at his daily press conference on Monday.
“We have always stood in solidarity with our friends and partners in India,” he added.
“We are working non-stop across the government to do everything we can to urgently deliver the most needed supplies in India, and that includes assistance with oxygen and related materials, but it also includes supplies for therapies, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators, personal protective equipment, or PPE, all supplies to protect India’s front-line healthcare workers, “Price said.
The assistance includes raw materials that are urgently required for the manufacture of the Covishield vaccine, he said.
The United States is also deploying an expert team of CDC public health advisers to work closely with the US embassy on the ground, India’s ministries of health, and its epidemic intelligence staff.
On Monday, US President Joe Biden spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Secretary (of State) Tony Blinken has had the opportunity in recent days to speak with his counterpart, Chancellor Jaishankar. Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser, spoke with his counterpart,” Price said.
Wendy Sherman, undersecretary of state, also spoke with her counterpart, he added.
“We have been doing it to demonstrate our solidarity with the Indian government, with the Indian people, but also to understand the needs of the Indian government and assess, based on our own capacity, what else we could do,” Price said. .
Responding to a question, Price said that India is a priority given that the country is experiencing a horrible outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have a comprehensive global strategic partnership with India. But the secretary has made it clear that this is not about gunfire in exchange for political favors, in exchange for any kind of transactionalism. It is about the humanitarian leadership of the United States, the commitment of this administration has to help those most in need, “Price said.
“Of course, what India is enduring now is deeply troubling on many levels. And because of that, they see not only the United States taking a step forward, but other countries in the region far beyond doing it to try to help and do everything. what we can. can help India in a time of need, “he said.
Since the early days of this pandemic, the United States has provided much-needed assistance to India, just as India came to our aid when the United States was in the worst phase of the outbreak, he said.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the United States has provided nearly $ 19 million in total assistance, and that includes nearly $ 11 million and healthcare to help India prevent the spread of Covid-19,” Price said.
The U.S. assistance has helped India provide care for those affected, spread essential public health messages to various communities, strengthen epidemiological surveillance capabilities, mobilize innovative financing mechanisms for emergency preparedness and pandemic response, he said.
The CDC has also committed $ 3.6 million to assist the Government of India in responding to the epidemic.
“We recognize that since the current outbreak has taken an incredibly worrying turn in India, we could do more. And we, in consultation with our Indian partners, have determined that the steps I referred to above are available to us, and they would be of great benefit to our partners in India, “added Price.

Times of India