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US Redirects Vaccine Manufacturing Supplies, Enabling India to Produce 20 Million Additional Doses of Covid Vaccine | India News

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WASHINGTON: On Friday, the US government redirected orders for critical supplies for vaccine manufacturing, allowing India to produce more than 20 million additional doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines.
The information was shared by the Acting Undersecretary of the Office of Central and South Asian Affairs, Dean Thompson. “We have redirected one of our own critical vaccine manufacturing supply orders, which will allow India to produce more than 20 million additional doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine,” said Dean Thompson.
He also reported that the United States has provided more than $ 500 million in Covid-19 relief supplies to India to fight the pandemic.
“In total, the US government, state governments, US companies, and private citizens have provided more than $ 500 million in Covid-19 relief supplies to India,” the undersecretary said interim.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Friday expressed his gratitude to the United States for its strong support and solidarity during the Covid-19 pandemic. The minister’s counterpart, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said the two countries were united to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic together.
Previously, the White House had announced that the United States will ship 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries starting in June 2021.



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