US Vice President Kamala D Harris on Thursday on a call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that India will receive COVID-19 vaccines from US as a part of country’s plan to supply first 25 million doses under a larger framework.
She likewise called President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico, President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala, and Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Chairman of the Caribbean Community. Other than India, these are nations, among others, that will get the vaccine supplies under the US’s “Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing”.
The Biden-Harris administration’s set framework targets to supply at least 80 million vaccines across the world by the end of June.
“The Vice President reiterated that the Administration’s efforts are focused on achieving broad global coverage, responding to surges and other urgent situations and public health needs, and helping as many countries as possible who requested vaccines,” Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders said in a statement referring the calls the calls of Ms Harris with the foreign leaders over the global vaccine supply framework for first 25 million doses.
Later at evening on Thursday, Prime Minister Modi tweeted saying deeply appreciating the US’s assurance and thanking Vice President Harris for the support and solidarity from the US government, businesses, and Indians living in the US.
As indicated by Mr Sanders’ statement, the four leaders that Vice President Harris talked to expressed gratitude toward her and consented to keep cooperating against COVID-19 and advance “our mutual interests around the world”.
“The leaders…highlighted the potential of the India-US partnership as well as the Quad vaccine initiative in addressing the long-term health impact of the pandemic,” a Press Information Bureau release said late in the evening.
“Prime Minister expressed the hope to welcome Vice President Harris in India soon after the normalisation of the global health situation.”