The US will deploy additional support to India in its fight against the rapidly rising cases of coronavirus in the country. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on call on Friday and offered to deploy resources and supplies for the Serum Institute of India to boost the production of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield.
He also said US will supply rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to India. “The United States has identified sources of specific raw material urgently required for Indian manufacture of the Covishield vaccine that will immediately be made available for India.
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,” a statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne read.
The United States said it was deeply concerned by the massive surge in coronavirus cases in India and would rapidly send aid. Amid rising demand for oxygen for the treatment of COVID-19 patients and reports of shortage in several states, the US said it is “pursuing options to provide oxygen generation and related supplies on an urgent basis.”