U.S. President Joe Biden said his administration is determined to help India in its time of need, just as the country counter the surge of Covid-19 infections.
Biden made this known through his official Twitter handle on Sunday.
In recent weeks, India has wrestled with a staggering rise in new coronavirus infections.
Johns Hopkins over the weekend, recorded that India has set another global record for daily cases, bringing the nation’s cumulative total to 16,960,172 cases.
The U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman, Emily Horne in a statement on Sunday, said “Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in its time of need.”
Horne said the United States would similarly send raw materials required for India to manufacture the Covishield vaccine, as well as therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators and protective equipment.
She stated that, “the U.S. Development Finance Corporation is funding a substantial expansion of manufacturing capability for BioE, the vaccine manufacturer in India, enabling BioE to ramp up to produce at least 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of 2022.”
Horne added that America would also send a team of public health advisors from the Center for Disease Control and USAID to India.
The announcement followed a phone conversation between Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan and India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Sullivan according to a readout of the call, “affirmed America’s solidarity with India, the two countries with the greatest number of Covid-19 cases in the world.”
The U.S. response comes after Britain, France and Germany pledged aid to India over the weekend.