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Officials Brief US Lawmakers on Covid-19 Assistance to India | India News


WASHINGTON: An interagency team of officials briefed US lawmakers on America’s Covid-19 assistance to India, who then urged the Biden administration to make the military available to bring additional donations of urgent medical supplies into the country.
“I appreciate that the Biden administration has sent so many people to inform us about the Covid-19 situation in India,” said Congressman Brad Sherman, Democratic Chairman of the Indian Congressional Caucus, a day after the briefing.
The officials were from the State Department, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The meeting was co-hosted by Republican Co-Chairman, Congressman Steve Chabot.
“As the Democratic Chairman of the Indian Congressional Caucus, I have made clear India’s need for additional relief and assistance, and I look forward to working with the administration and my colleagues to get relief and donations delivered to the Indian people of efficiently and directly. and in a timely manner, “said Sherman.
“As the United States seeks to help India combat its second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, I appreciate the administration’s willingness to brief the India Caucus on its efforts,” said Congressman Chabot.
“The scope of the crisis facing India is truly overwhelming, and the United States must continue to help. As a Caucus, we will continue to work with the administration and key stakeholders within the Indian-American community to ensure that American support and resources arrive. India in its time of need, “he added.
During the meeting, Sherman raised the question of the lack of studies to determine whether a lower dose of certain vaccines would provide adequate immunity, especially for those under 55 years of age.
He also urged USAID to make the US military available for flights to bring additional donations of urgent medical supplies to India, a press release said.
Officials briefed members of the Indian Congressional Caucus on current US assistance efforts, including six planes in as many days that provided urgent US aid to India.
“We were also informed of the USAID delivery of 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators, generously donated by the state of California. The informants also provided members with critical information for voters who wish to help India with donations through government means, and the ways in which constituents can ensure that such donations are effectively delivered to those in need, “the statement said.

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