He mentioned on Tuesday that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and “what he needs most is, he needs the material and the parts to be able to have his machines that can make the vaccine work. We’re sending them that.
“We’re sending them a number of the precursors,” he added, referring to the ingredients needed for making the vaccines.
He said the US was also sending oxygen, which is in short supply in the nation in the throes of a Covid-19 resurgence.
“We’re serving to India considerably,” he said. Secretary of state Anthony Blinken has acknowledged assistance last year from India when the US was facing its deep crisis while speaking of the aid the US is now sending it.
“India got here to our help early on in our hour of want after we had been having actual struggles with Covid-19, offering hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands, for instance, of protecting masks. We do not forget that, and we’re decided to do the whole lot we will to assist now,” he advised the Financial Express in accordance with the interview transcript supplied by the state division.
He mentioned, “What I’ve seen actually is a tremendous mobilisation not simply of the United States authorities, however of our non-public sector, and of Indian Americans as nicely. I used to be on a name per week in the past with nearly each main CEO — it was a who’s who — all wanting to assist. And the federal government, our authorities, is coordinating these efforts. So we’re doing the whole lot we will.”
Biden’s spokesperson Jen Psaki, who gave a rundown of the assistance to India, said that the US government was sending ingredients for making 20 million doses AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine from supplies that it had ordered.
These were ingredients had been ordered on a priority basis by invoking the Defence Production Act to supply to companies under contract to make vaccines for it.
The US is unlikely to need the 300 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that it had contracted because it has adequate supplies of the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
She said that the total value of the Covid-19 aid will exceed $100 million.
Psaki said that six air shipments funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) with oxygen and oxygen supplies, N95 masks, rapid diagnostic tests, medicines and components requested by the Indian government have already been sent.
“At the request of the federal government of India, USAID supplied these urgently wanted provides to the Indian Red Cross to make sure they attain these most in want as rapidly as doable,” she mentioned.
India is in dire want of oxygen and USAID despatched about 1,500 oxygen cylinders that can stay in India and might repeatedly be refilled domestically, 550 concentrators to acquire oxygen from ambient air and a large-scale unit to help as much as 20 sufferers, she mentioned.
She mentioned that 2.5 million N95 masks have been despatched and a further 12.5 million can be found if the Indian authorities requested for them, she mentioned.
One million fast diagnostic exams and 20,000 therapy programs of the anti-viral dug Remdesivir have additionally been despatched, she mentioned.