New Delhi: The United States of America on Wednesday announced $25 million assistance to help the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts across India.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on his two-day visit to India, stated that the funding will help to save lives by strengthening COVID-19 vaccine supply chain logistics, vaccine hesitancy, addressing misinformation and helping to train more health care workers.
“US has contributed more than 200 million dollars worth of COVID19 assistance. I am pleased to announce that the United States government will send additional 25 million dollars to support vaccination efforts across India,” Blinken announced during a joint press conference with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
“This funding will contribute to saving a life by strengthening vaccine supply chain logistics, addressing misinformation, vaccine hesitancy and helping to train more health care workers. We are determined to end this pandemic in India and the United States. We will work to do it,” he added.
Speaking on the topic of how the Coronavirus pandemic hit both India and US very hard, Blinken said: “We remember with gratitude and will not forget the aid and assistance India provided to us early in the pandemic. I am proud we could return the gesture to India.”
Jaishankar said India has acknowledged the US efforts to keep the vaccine raw material supply chain open.
“We discussed the need for global availability of affordable vaccines. We hope the US would take a sympathetic view of Indian travellers,” Jaishankar said adding that they will continue to work together on vaccine availability and production.
Speaking on the collaborations between the two countries on the Covid pandemic, the minister said that the pandemic was a priority in the current circumstances and India was grateful for the responsiveness of the Biden administration to keeping the raw material supply chain open for vaccine production in India.
During his opening remarks in the meeting with Secretary Blinken, Jaishankar said that the India-US partnership now covers all issues of contemporary relevance.
He added that both the countries had shared interests, similar concerns, and strong convergences.
Jaishnakr said that both the countries jointly fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.