India has set a sad world record for the number of new cases detected in a day.
The United States will immediately provide India with raw materials to produce COVID-19 vaccines, medical equipment, and protective equipment to help the country cope with the surge in COVID-19 cases, a White House spokeswoman said earlier in the day.
“The United States is working around the clock to channel available resources and supplies,” said National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne.
She noted that these materials would help India in the production of the Covishield vaccine. The United States will also send therapeutic drugs, rapid diagnostic kits, and ventilators.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged fellow citizens to get vaccinated and exercise caution. In contrast, the country has set a world record for the number of new COVID-19 cases per day.
The US is also exploring the possibility of supplying oxygen generators and related supplies to India.
US officials are also considering sending unused doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine to India, Anthony Fauci, a leading US infectious disease expert, told ABC News on Sunday.
“This issue will certainly be actively considered,” he said in an interview.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is not yet approved in the United States, although millions of doses are available in the country. Health officials said they have enough doses of the other three approved vaccines to vaccinate all Americans in the coming weeks.
The White House did not comment on the possibility of sending AstraZeneca vaccines to India.
Senior US officials have expressed concern that new variants of the virus emerging in India could undermine the progress made in the US.
The epidemic is also threatening the economic recovery of India – the world’s sixth-largest economy.
Horne said the US would also send a team of experts from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Agency for International Development to India.