India-US will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight against COVID-19
A day after the melting of the ice between the National Security Advisors of India and the United States, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden spoke on Monday and decided to “work closely together” in the fight against COVID-19 and speed up emergency materials to dispatch to India.
The two leaders discussed the COVID-19 situation in their respective countries, including India’s ongoing efforts to contain the second wave of COVID-19 through expedited vaccination efforts, and ensuring the supply of critical medicines, therapeutics and healthcare equipment. President Biden conveyed solidarity with India and affirmed that the United States was determined to support India’s efforts by quickly deploying resources such as therapeutics, ventilators and identifying sources of raw materials to be made available for the manufacture of Covishield vaccines,” said Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Monday evening.
The Prime Minister underscored the need to ensure smooth and open supply chains of raw materials and inputs required for the manufacture of vaccines, medicines, and therapeutics related to COVID-19.
Expressing satisfaction over the talks with Biden, Modi tweeted:
Had a fruitful conversation with @POTUS @JoeBiden today. We discussed the evolving COVID situation in both countries in detail. I thanked President Biden for the support being provided by the United States to India.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 26, 2021
“President Joseph R Biden, Jr. spoke today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, committing that the United States and India will work closely together in the fight against COVID-19. The President pledged America’s steadfast support for the people of India who have been impacted by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. In response, the United States is providing a range of emergency assistance, including oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials and therapeutics.
“Prime Minister Modi expressed appreciation for the strong cooperation between both countries. The two leaders resolved that the United States and India will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the effort to protect our citizens and the health of our communities,” said White House in a statement.
The PMO said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his heartfelt appreciation for the offer of assistance and support from the Government of the United States of America. He mentioned India’s commitment to contain the COVID-19 pandemic globally through Vaccine Maitri, and its participation in COVAX and the Quad Vaccine Initiatives. The Prime Minister underscored the need to ensure smooth and open supply chains of raw materials and inputs required for the manufacture of vaccines, medicines, and therapeutics related to COVID-19.
“Both leaders underlined the potential of the India-US partnership in vaccine development and supply to address the COVID-19 pandemic and directed their respective officials to maintain close coordination and cooperation in their efforts in this domain. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also informed President Biden about India’s initiative at the WTO for relaxation in the norms of the Agreement on TRIPS to ensure quick and affordable access to vaccines and medicines for developing countries. The two leaders agreed to remain in regular touch,” said PMO.
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