Tue, 11 May 2021

WASHINGTON D.C.: The Biden administration said on April 25 that it is allowing exports to India of raw materials needed to manufacture COVID-19 vaccinations.

In recent weeks, India has faced an explosion in deaths and new cases of Covid.

Now the United States is preparing to ship materials needed by India to increase production of its Covishield vaccine, and will ship them soon, said National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne.

The agreement to ship the materials to India followed a conversation with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, in which they discussed the worsening pandemic in India.

On April 25, India set a world record for the most infections in a single day with nearly 350,000.
As early as last week, the Biden administration refused to lift the ban on exporting vaccination materials, even as reports from India painted a picture of overwhelmed hospitals, oxygen shortages and mass cremation sites in India.

Other countries sending aid to India include Britain and China, along with the European Union.
Horne added that the United States is preparing to ship to India supplies of therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment.

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