As India battles the second wave of the covid pandemic, the US president has said his “intention” is to send vaccines to the country. The development comes a day after the United States announced it would make 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca covid vaccine available to other countries within two months. Before doses of AstraZeneca can be shipped from the United States, the US FDA must nod.
Recalling his talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, US President Joe Biden said: “I have spoken at length with Prime Minister Modi, we are immediately sending a whole package of aid she (India) needs , especially for this Remsdevsisir and other drugs capable of “treating” the disease and contributing to healing.
Regarding vaccines, he said, “we are sending the necessary mechanical parts to the machines they have to make a vaccine,” adding: “I have also discussed with him (PM Modi) when we can send real vaccines to India, which I intend to do “.
The United States has authorized three vaccines to date, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. And although AstraZeneca is used in many parts of the world, its use has not yet been authorized in the United States. But despite the lack of clearance yet, the country has still stored vaccine doses as part of its strategy to be ready for a range of scenarios.
The US president said: “I think we will be able to share the vaccines as well as the know-how with other countries that really need it. That is the hope and the expectations.” Amid the COVID crisis in India, the United States this weekend announced assistance including the supply of raw materials to Indian manufacturers to produce the COVISHIELD vaccine. Apart from that, the United States will send therapeutic products, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators and personal protective equipment.
The President also praised India’s support last year, saying that “when we were in a stalemate at the very beginning, India helped us”. In 2020, India sent HCQ to the United States as it battled the covid pandemic.