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US is helping India significantly in fight against Covid-19, says Joe Biden

Prime News, International and National, Health, Disease, Medical Oxygen, Vaccine, Washington (USA), May 5:- The United States is helping India “significantly” in its fight against the second wave of COVID-19 by sending it material and machine parts, President Joe Biden has said. So far, six air shipments funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have departed the US for India. These flights include health supplies, oxygen cylinders, N95 masks and medicines.

“We are helping Brazil. We are helping India significantly. I spoke to Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi. What he needs most is the material and the parts to be able to have his machines that can make the vaccine work. We’re sending him that, Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “We’re sending them oxygen. We are sending them a lot of the precursors. So we’re doing a lot for India,” he said responding to a question on his assistance to India, Brazil and other countries amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden said by July 4, the US is going to send 10 per cent of AstraZeneca vaccines to other countries. AstraZeneca vaccine is being used around the world but has not been approved for use in the US.

“With regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine which we had, we have sent that vaccine to Canada and to Mexico and there are other countries that we’re talking to now. Matter of fact, I talked to a head of state today. I’m not prepared to announce who else we’ll be giving the vaccine to, the US president said.” “But we are going to by the 4th of July have sent about 10 per cent of what we have to other nations, including some of the ones you mentioned, he added. At the request of the Indian government, the USAID had earlier provided some supplies to the Indian Red Cross, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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