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India’s contribution to global scientific knowledge assisting in the prevention of Covid-19: Fauci | India News


WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said that India’s contribution to global scientific knowledge is well known to all and that the knowledge is already helping in the prevention and care of Covid-19.
Speaking at the United States-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) webinar on health cooperation, Fauci said: “Please accept my sincere empathy for the extremely difficult health crisis India is currently facing. As you know, The United States was in a similar position several months before our vaccines became available. ”
Underlining the critical role of science in dealing with such a crisis, he said the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has a long history of collaborating with its counterpart agencies in the government of the United States. India.
“In the long-standing India-US Vaccine Action Program, we continue to work with India on research related to SARS-COV-2 vaccines. We are also eager to involve Indian researchers and expertise in clinical trials. global to evaluate the safety and efficacy of various Covid-19 Therapeutics, “he further said.
Fauci also said that the US-India partnership between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Indian Department of Biotechnology, as well as the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), have helped produce important scientific and research discoveries. public health in the past.
“India’s contribution to global scientific knowledge is well known to all, with strong government support and a vibrant biopharmaceutical private sector, this knowledge is already producing solutions for Covid-19 prevention and care,” he commented.
The leading US medical expert also emphasized international cooperation and collaboration essential to advance scientific discovery and manage threats to global health and collaboration between the public health sector and government.
Meanwhile, India’s ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, also highlighted the critical role of the collaboration between India and the United States to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The India-US health collaboration is not new. Under the long-standing India-US vaccine action program, we rolled out Rota vaccines against rotavirus, which causes diarrhea in children. Many Indian companies have also manufactured highly profitable HIV drugs for use in African countries, fostering cooperation between American organizations and the private sector, “he said at the USISPF webinar.
The US envoy noted how India demonstrated the integrity of health supply chains and provided essential medicines to the United States and other countries last year when the pandemic broke out.
“This year, when the United States supported India during the second wave, President Biden and all the top leaders recalled India’s help, companies like Gilead have been instrumental in supplying medical supplies to India,” he added.
Renu Swarup, secretary of the Department of Biotechnology, also stated that Covid-19 has reinforced a strong conviction that collaboration is the key to success.
“India and the US have always shared a wonderful partnership in all areas of collaboration, be it health or agriculture. I think the key point that connects us is that we collectively take on challenges to meet not only in our own countries but in the world”. she said.

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