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US Lawmakers and Governors Push for More Covid Vaccines to India | India News


WASHINGTON: Several lawmakers and governors have urged the Biden administration to ensure that India receives Covid vaccines and medical aid, saying the crisis in the country is “devastating” and that the United States has a responsibility to help its close allies fight the pandemic.
India reported 1,14,460 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, the lowest in 60 days, while the daily positivity rate stood at 5.62 percent. The total count of coronavirus cases in the country is 2,88,09,339.
“The crisis in India is devastating and demands more action from (US President Joe) Biden. More Covid-19 vaccines and medical supplies are needed to help one of our most important global allies fight this virus,” said the Governor of Texas , Greg Abbott.
In a tweet, he urged American citizens to join him in praying for India.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz said nearly 300 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States.
“India is a critical friend of Biden’s American vaccine exchange program – we must prioritize our allies, such as India, and make sure it receives the Covid-19 vaccines that it desperately needs,” he said.
Senator Roger Wicker of the Senate Armed Services Committee said it is important that the United States continue to help other nations defeat the coronavirus. “Sending excess vaccines to close allies like India doesn’t just make sense, it’s the right thing to do,” he said.
Congressman Michael McCaul, a senior member of the House of Foreign Affairs, tweeted: “Glad to see vaccines and other much needed therapies being shipped to India to continue supporting a longtime partner and ally.”
He said that as Texans, this reinforces the close ties between “our community and the Indian-American diaspora.”
Congressman Adam Smith praised President Biden for steps taken to help countries that need help.
“The Covid-19 crisis in India and other countries has been devastating, and more vaccines and medical supplies are still needed,” said the chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee.
“To defeat Covid-19, we must fight it both at home and around the world,” Smith added.
American Indian Congressman Ro Khanna said that to help India deal with the shortage, the United States needs to ship those vaccines it will never use, just as India helped the United States in its time of need.
He is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Congressman Dan Crenshaw said that Houston is home to a large Indian community with friends and families in need in India. “It should be a priority within this international program,” he tweeted.
Noting that the Covid-19 situation in India is “heartbreaking,” Congressman August Pfluger said the United States has a responsibility to help its ally.
“We should immediately send more vaccines and critical medical supplies,” he said.
Congressman Darren Soto said that as a member of the India Caucus, he thanked President Biden for announcing $ 25 million in vaccines for badly affected places like India.
“Let us continue to take the necessary steps to address the deadly second wave of Covid-19 there with surplus medical supplies and vaccines,” said the member of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Congressman John Curtis said that while 63 percent of adult Americans have received at least one injection, many of America’s friends do not have access to the vaccine.
“It is important that we share it with countries like India: a return to normalcy and the eventual end of this brutal pandemic will require some global cooperation,” said Curtis, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Congressman Troy Nehls urged Biden to immediately send surplus vaccines to India to aid her in her fight against Covid-19. He is a member of the Infrastructure and Transportation Committee of the House of Representatives.
In this global health crisis, it is important that the United States target the excess Covid-19 vaccines to those who need it most around the world, said Congressman French Hill. “The situation in India, one of our closest allies, is dire. I encourage the Biden administration to support India with vaccines in their time of need, “said Hill, who is a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
Congressman Tim Burchett said the United States must ensure that India receives Covid-19 vaccines.
“The response to the tragedy of the Covid-19 pandemic must be global. We must work to close the gaps in our global warning system and work with our allies to ensure this never happens again, ”Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick tweeted.

Times of India