By Reena Bhardwaj Washington [US]May 29: Foreign Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Friday (local time) thanked the solidarity and cooperation of the United States in dealing with India’s second wave of COVID-19.
During a press conference in Washington, Jaishankar commented: “If you describe goals, of course, one would express our gratitude for the solidarity, the very strong solidarity that was shown during the second wave of COVID-19 in the India and work with the US on vaccine production. “Speaking of the US vaccine supply chain, he said the US is indispensable for vaccine production. “We are looking to expand our vaccine production in India and that is something we are working with the US to make possible,” Jaishankar added.
He also stressed the importance of the physical meeting between the administrators of the two countries. “I noted that I would be collaborating with the new U.S. administration because of contemporary challenges, convergence, and a lot of important issues. So lastly, I want to say, since January, that a lot of the our meetings. We’ve been talking on the phone, video conferencing. It was important to have a physical meeting, ”the EAM said.
According to Jaishankar, the main purpose of the visit to the United States was to liaise with key members of the U.S. Cabinet in the context of COVID assistance and the vaccine association between India and the United States.
“This is a very important issue, important, in fact, in many ways, it was the most important issue,” Jaishankar said.
President Joe Biden had previously said that the United States would be willing to send a certain number of vaccines. He also referred to India. The White House had announced that the United States will ship 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries beginning in June 2021.
India had expressed its willingness to import vaccines and accept vaccines which was approved by the US FDA.
“I guess they will make the decision the moment they are ready to make that decision. But beyond that, it’s not for me, you know, it’s their vaccines and their decision is the one they have to make. said Jaishankar.
“There are ongoing talks on the regulatory, legal, commercial and supply chain side, which are taking place between interested companies and entities with authorized persons in India,” Jaishankar added.
In many cases, embassies and ambassadors deal personally with vaccine manufacturing companies or companies that are part of the supply chain.
“I have to really congratulate the embassy, the ambassador, the tremendous effort they have put in and the large number of companies they have managed to ensure that the vaccine supply chain is smooth,” Jaishankar said.
Jaishankar, who is on a five-day visit to the United States, the first official trip since President Joe Biden took office in January, met with several U.S. officials to focus on the “association India-US vaccine aimed at expanding access and ensuring supply ”. He met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Trade Representative Katherine Tai and 13 other departments and organizations, comprising Treasury, Energy, Commerce, USAID and DHS representatives.
“Congress, the House was not in session. So what I did was: I had conversations with the president of the college, I actually met Brad Sherman and I met with the caucus of India, as well as with the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chairman of the ranking. Member and few more, “Jaishankar said.
Regarding the US Global Working Group on COVID-19 and its business proposals, Jaishankar said, “There is a global working group in the United States, which has helped work with us on COVID-related issues. , had participated through video conferencing when I was in India.Apart from that, there was a great deal of commercial interest, you know, what happens with this COVID causes the transfer of what could be its economic impact, this is important for investors in India or for employees in India. the US Business Council as well as the US in strategic partnership. ” (ANI)