US-India Covid aid: Biden administration will deploy additional supplies and support to India as country faces outbreak

“To help treat Covid-19 patients and protect front-line health workers in India, the United States has identified supplies of therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that will immediately be made available for India. The United States also is pursuing options to provide oxygen generation and related supplies on an urgent basis,” a readout of a call in between the 2 nations’ nationwide security advisors stated, in part.

India reported 349,691 brand-new cases Saturday, the 4th day in a row the nation has actually set a world record for everyday infections, according to federal government and clinical tallies.

Throughout the call in between United States nationwide security advisor Jake Sullivan and his Indian equivalent, Ajit Doval, Sullivan revealed “deep sympathy for the people of India following the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.”

“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,” the readout stated.

The release went on to state that the United States has actually recognized “specific raw material urgently required for Indian manufacture of the Covishield vaccine that will immediately be made available for India.”

The White Home likewise revealed that the United States Advancement Financing Corporation will money a “substantial expansion of manufacturing capability for BioE, the vaccine manufacturer in India, enabling BioE to ramp up to produce at least 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of 2022.”

The United States will likewise send out an “expert team of public health advisors from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and USAID to work in close collaboration with the US embassy, India’s health ministries, and India’s Epidemic Intelligence Service staff,” according to the White Home.

National Security Council authorities convened over the weekend on how to help the nation, and the Health and Person Provider Department did also, according to a source familiar. Conversations have actually focused on offering more vaccine parts and products for administering vaccines, in addition to oxygen and individual protective devices.

Dr. Anthony Fauci explained those conversations in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” stating, “Right now, even as we speak, George, there’s discussions about really ramping up what we can do on the ground — oxygen supplies, drugs, tests, PPE, as well as taking a look in the intermediate and long run about how can get vaccines to these individuals.”

However the current declaration from Biden’s nationwide security advisor did not point out sharing AstraZeneca vaccine dosages, of which the United States has 10s of millions stocked. The dosages have actually gone unused, with the exception of a couple of million sent out to Canada and Mexico, since AstraZeneca has actually not been approved emergency situation usage permission by the United States Fda yet. The administration has faced pressure to release AstraZeneca vaccines to India. A person familiar with the matter said the issue has come up in meetings but a final decision is still up in the air.

Andy Slavitt, the White House senior adviser for Covid response, would not say Sunday whether the US plans to send vaccines to India.

“When we make decisions on what we’re gonna do with additional vaccines, about exporting them, we’ll announce them,” he told CNN’s Pamela Brown on “Newsroom.” “We’re evaluating all these options.”

In March, the US loaned around four million dosages of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to Mexico and Canada.

Fauci said in his interview that sending vaccines is a possibility. Currently, the CDC is consulting with the country and providing technical assistance.

“I think that’s going to be something that is up for active consideration,” he said. “We really do need to do more. I don’t think you can walk away from that. And we are.”

Fauci told Reuters earlier this month that the US likely won’t need the AstraZeneca vaccine even if it is authorized for emergency use.

This story has actually been upgraded with extra advancements Sunday.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.