US gave only 7.5 M Covid vaccine doses to India, not enough: Krishnamoorthi

Washington, DC: The United States has so far allocated only 7.5 million doses of Covid vaccines to India, which is not enough, a top Indian-American Congressman said while urging the Biden Administration to do more.

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said this after securing the support of 116 members of the Congress on his ongoing effort to expand US global vaccine aid programs to India and other nations.

His statement has come on a day when the White House said it is “eager” to continue partnership with India in the fight against coronavirus and wants to provide assistance, including vaccines.

“I’m once again urging President Biden and my colleagues in the Congress to come together and pass the NOVID Act into law to end this pandemic for good because, so long as outbreaks continue in any nation, the entire world faces the threat of new, vaccine-resistant variants,” Krishnamoorthi said in a statement.

“As we approach Indian Independence Day, we need to declare our independence from Covid by creating the global partnership necessary to produce and deliver the billions of vaccines necessary to truly bring this pandemic to an end,” he said.

“Meeting those goals will demand the continued cooperation of the world’s leading democracies and producers of these life-saving vaccines, including the United States and India,” Krishnamoorthi added.

Under the NOVID Act, which Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Senators Jeff Merkley and Elizabeth Warren introduced with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the US will establish the Pandemic Preparedness and Response Program (PanPReP) to oversee the global health response to the pandemic.

The program will be responsible for coordinating the US Government response with international non-governmental organizations, development banks and civil society as well as foreign governments.

The bill will authorize spending of $34 billion—$25 billion to scale manufacturing capacity and produce 8 billion vaccine doses; $8.5 billion to cover the cost of end-to-end delivery of enough vaccines to immunize 60 per cent of the populations in 92 COVAX countries; and $500 million to establish a global disease surveillance network to protect against future pandemics. (PTI)

 

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