USA Exports Raw Material For Covishield Vaccine With Medical Supply To Fight COVID-19 Virus In India

The Joe Biden administration of the United States of America (U.S.A.,) expressed concern about the current second wave of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 in India and extended support. On the 26th of April, Lloyd J. Austin III, the Secretary of Defence in the U.S.A., administration, took to Twitter and said, “I’m deeply concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak in India, and today, I directed the @DeptofDefense to use every resources at our disposal, within our authority, to support U.S. interagency efforts to provide India’s frontline healthcare workers with the materials they need.” Joe Biden, the President of the U.S.A., also took to Twitter and said, “Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need.” Meanwhile, as per the direction of Joe Biden, his administration is working round the clock to immediately send India raw material needed for making Covishield, an anti COVID-19 vaccination. Recently, India was having a shortage of raw materials to manufacture one of the two India made COVID- 19 vaccines, Covishield. The decision to supply raw materials immediately to India was taken considering the support of India to the U.S.A., during the early first wave of COVID-19 in the United States. The U.S.A., Government officials also said, they are also pursuing options to provide oxygen generation and related supplies on an urgent basis. Jake Sullivan, the White House National Security Advisor, contacted Ajit Doval, the Indian National Security Advisor and assured the raw material supply. In a tweet on the 26th of April, Jake Sullivan said, “Spoke today with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval about the spike in COVID cases in India and we agreed to stay in close touch in the coming days. The United States stands in solidarity with the people of India and we are deploying more supplies and resources.” In addition to the raw material, the U.S.A., administration would also send India anti-COVID supplies like test kits, ventilators, medications and personal protective equipment used by frontline workers. The export of the aforementioned medical assistance and raw material for COVID-19 vaccine was banned by the former U.S.A., President Donald Trump. The imposed ban under The National Defence Production Act, continued under the leadership of Joe Biden. However, on the 25th of April, the Biden administration decided to lift the ban and begin the export. The decision came two weeks after Adar Poonawalla, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SII, requested for the raw materials to manufacture Covishield. The SII manufactured vaccine has more demand than the Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Private Limited COVAXIN. The two India made vaccines, Covishield and COVAXIN are being administered to the people of India to fight against the deadly COVID-19 virus. Ms. Horne said in the readout, “Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in its time of need.” India has been sharing its vaccine production with countries around the world, sending nearly 65 million doses to 86 countries. The help of raw material export from the U.S.A., came hours after the United Kingdom (U.K.,) extended support by assuring to send life saving medical equipment to India, including ventilators and oxygen concentrators. The first shipment of the same is expected to reach Delhi in the early hours of the 27th of April, with more scheduled for the coming week. In total, nine containers carrying over 600 pieces – including 495 oxygen concentrators, 120 non invasive ventilators and 20 manual ventilators are likely to reach India. Stay tuned for further updates. Also read:

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