The US has said it will send raw material that is “urgently required” by Indian manufacturers of the coronavirus vaccine Covishield, amid a surge in cases in India.
White House National Security Advisor to US President Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan on Sunday spoke to Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and agreed to deploy more supplies, resources, raw material for Covishield vaccine production in India.
“The US is deeply concerned by the severe COVID outbreak in India. We are working around the clock to deploy more supplies and support to our friends and partners in India as they bravely battle this pandemic…” he added.
“The United States is working around the clock to deploy available resources and supplies. The United States has indentified sources of specific raw material urgently required for Indian manufacturer of the Covishield vaccine that will immediately be made available for India,” Jake Sullivan informed.
Sources said, the Biden administration has come under criticism from several quarters, including from members and supporters of the Democratic party, for not releasing surplus COVID-19 vaccines to India when the country is experiencing its worst-ever public health crisis.
Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi urged the Biden administration to release doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to countries currently experiencing the deadly surge in COVID-19 cases
Indian-American Congressman from California Ro Khanna said that the leadership of the influential Congressional India Caucus will discuss with the government officials and the Indian envoy in the US to send urgent health supplies to help India fight its battle against coronavirus.