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EAM Jaishankar Arrives in New York to Discuss Covid-Related Cooperation with US Officials | India News


NEW YORK: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar landed in New York on Monday, as part of his visit to the United States, to meet with senior US officials and discuss Covid-related cooperation between the two countries.
India’s ambassador to the UN, TS Tirumurti, received EAM Jaishankar on his first visit to New York after India joined the UN Security Council.
“Privilege to host Foreign Minister @DrSJaishankar on his first visit to New York after #India entered the #UN Security Council on January 1, 2021,” Ambassador Tirumurti tweeted.
Jaishankar’s visit to the United States is scheduled to last until May 28, the Foreign Ministry said last week.
The foreign minister is expected to meet with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York and then hold talks with his counterpart Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington DC, the ministry said.
He will also meet with members of the Cabinet and Senior Administration Officials who are in charge of the bilateral relationship. “The Foreign Minister will have two interactions with business forums on economic and Covid-related cooperation between India and the United States,” the ministry statement said.
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.
With India hit hard by the second wave of Covid, New Delhi’s efforts will focus on getting the most out and also looking for links with vaccine developers to produce in India.
The US has a stockpile of 60 million doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine and also the 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 like Remdesivir, and also raw materials for the vaccine maker Serum Institute of India (SII), which makes Covishield.
The United States also supports the Indian-sponsored proposal on the TRIPS waiver at the WTO.
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.

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