Fauci asks world to give India resources to make vaccines

Washington: Anthony Fauci, the top US expert on Covid-19, has called on countries to provide India with resources to make its own vaccines or donate vaccines.

“India is the largest vaccine-producing country in the world. They’ve got to get their resources — not only from within but also from without and that’s the reason why other countries need to chip in to be able to get either supplies for the Indians to make their own vaccines or to get vaccines donated,” he told a TV interviewer recently.

“One of the ways to do that is to have the big companies that have the capability of making vaccines to really scale up in a great way to get literally hundreds of millions of doses to be able to get to them,” he said.

He said that the “endgame” in fighting the pandemic is vaccinating everyone.

At the same time, he said that all of India should “shut down”, as some states have done. The country, he added, is in “dire straits” because it made the “incorrect assumption” that they were finished with the COVID-19 and opened up prematurely.

Fauci made the observations in an interview on ABC TV with George Stephanopoulos, who was former President Bill Clinton’s spokesperson.

Fauci said that a priority for India should be to set up field hospitals like China had done.

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