WASHINGTON DC: The Biden administration said on April 25 that it would allow the raw materials needed to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines to be exported to India.
In recent weeks, India has faced an explosion of deaths and new cases of Covid.
Now, the United States is preparing to ship materials needed for India to increase production of its Covishield vaccine and will ship them soon, National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said.
The agreement to send the materials to India followed a conversation with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, in which they discussed the worsening of the pandemic in India.
On April 25, India set the world record for most infections in a single day, with about 350,000.
As early as last week, the Biden administration refused to lift a ban on exporting materials for vaccination, even as reports from India drew a picture of overwhelmed hospitals, oxygen shortages and places of mass cremation in India.
Other countries sending aid to India include Britain and China, along with the European Union.
Horne added that the United States is preparing to ship supplies of therapeutic products, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators and personal protective equipment to India.