S Jaishankar, US Global Task Force discuss India’s pandemic response

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday discussed India’s urgent requirements for its Covid-19 response, including oxygen and vaccines, during a virtual meeting with a group of CEOs of top American companies.

Jaishankar interacted with the US Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, a country-specific group formed last month by CEOs of some 40 top American firms to help India fight the pandemic.

“Interacted with the US Global Task Force on Pandemic Relief. Appreciate the participation of the CEOs and their support for India’s current efforts,” Jaishankar tweeted.

“Discussed our priorities (oxygen, vaccines, pharmaceuticals) and the importance of effective supply chains. Underlined the global implications of a stronger India-US health collaboration,” he said in another tweet.

“Meeting was an affirmation of our exceptional relationship. Deeply value the sentiments expressed,” Jaishankar added.

There was no official word on the meeting or its outcomes.

The US Global Task Force is public-private initiative of the US-India Business Council, the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum and the Business Roundtable. At a meeting held in Washington on April 26, the group pledged to provide 20,000 oxygen concentrators to India in the next few weeks. (source: hindustantimes.com)

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