Foreign Minister Jaishankar is likely to visit the US next week | India News
NEW DELHI: Minister of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar is likely to visit the USA In the next week, the visit is in the planning stage. There is no official announcement of the visit yet.
India is in talks with various US entities involved in the production of Covid vaccines and hopes to acquire and subsequently produce these vaccines.
The issue of vaccine procurement is expected to be a key item on the agenda during Jaishankar’s interaction with the US leadership and other stakeholders.
The United States has already announced that it will distribute 80 million vaccines from its stocks to countries that need them.
Since India is hit hard by the second wave, New Delhi’s efforts will be to get the most and also seek links with vaccine developers to produce in India.
The US has a stockpile of 60 million Astra Zeneca vaccines as well as Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines.
The United States is playing a leading role in assisting in India’s fight against the Covid-19 virus. It has already provided large oxygen plants, concentrators, critical drugs such as Remdesivir and also raw materials for the vaccine manufacturer. Serum Institute of India (SII), which is manufacturing Covishield.
The United States also supports the Indian-sponsored proposal on the TRIPS exemption in the IN THAT.
The TRIPS exemption aims to increase global vaccine production to take on the challenge of vaccinating the poorest of the poor and saving lives.
In October last year, India and South Africa, together with 57 WTO members, proposed an exemption from certain provisions of the TRIPS agreement for the prevention, containment and treatment of the coronavirus.
EAM Jaishankar met with his American counterpart Antony Blinken in early May in London during the G7 Foreign Minister meeting.