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India Should Work With Other Countries To Increase Covid Vaccine Capacity: Anthony Fauci | India News

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Biden administration’s chief medical adviser, said Thursday that it is imperative that India work with other countries and companies to increase its vaccine production capacity to vaccinate the country’s huge population. against Covid-19.
In rating India as one of the best vaccine producers in the world, America’s leading infectious disease expert said: “It is a very large country with a population of about 1.4 billion people, it only has a percentage of people who are completely vaccinated and more than 10 percent or so who have at least one dose, so you have to make arrangements with other countries, other companies at the same time increasing your own capacity to manufacture vaccines because, as we all know, India is one of the best , if not the largest vaccine producer in the world. ”
As several countries have announced their support for India’s response to a devastating second wave of coronavirus infections that has affected healthcare facilities across the country, Dr Fauci told ANI in an exclusive interview: “There was a Immediate issue that needs to be addressed as care for people who are already infected Getting better oxygen supplies, oxygen cylinders, oxygen generators, PPE, therapies like Remdesivir and the like – the things the US has helped with But probably in the medium and long term, I have to find a way to get as many vaccines as possible, administered to the people of India. ”
Noting that the mutant B.1.617 first detected in India has been found in more than 40 countries, including the United States, he said that “in the current crisis, rich countries have a moral responsibility to help those countries that do not have the ability to do that, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. ”
Dr. Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is also President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser.
Regarding the use of vaccine passports on post-pandemic travel, the infectious disease expert said that they will not be required by the US government, they will likely not follow through on them, but also noted that various airlines may say they will. they will. it does not include people who do not have proof of vaccination.
Speaking about resuming travel with India, Fauci told ANI: “It’s really going to depend on the level of infection right now. India has a very, very high level of infection and that would mean that it would be very, very difficult to resume travel there. “. right now.”
India is currently grappling with a second wave of Covid-19 that has swept across the country, depleting the country’s healthcare infrastructure and overburdening front-line medical workers.
Several countries around the world, including the UK, Russia, and the US, have extended their support to India as it continues to grapple with increasing needs for healthcare infrastructure.
The Union Health Ministry reported Thursday that 17.72 million rupees doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in India so far.
“Ten states account for 66.73 percent of the cumulative doses administered so far in the country. More than 34 lakh beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group vaccinated in phase 3 of the vaccination campaign,” Lav said Agarwal, deputy secretary of the Union Ministry of Health.
The country had started the Covid-19 vaccination campaign on January 16 with two vaccines: Covishield (Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India) and Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited).
The vaccination campaign for people between the ages of 18 and 45 began in many parts of the country as of May 1.

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