The White House has announced that through the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing program, India will be receiving a share of the 80 million (8 crores) unused COVID-19 vaccines. The step comes in the backdrop of Biden’s framework for sharing 80 million (8 crores) vaccines globally by the end of June.
Back on June 2, President Biden had announced that the US will allocate 75 percent, nearly 1.9 crores of the first tranche of 2.5 crore doses of unused COVID-19 vaccines from its stockpile through the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing program. He added that these vaccines will be sent to countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as Africa.
Addressing the media, Ned Price the State Department Spokesperson clarified that he did not know the exact date on when the shipment of vaccines will be arriving in India. “India will receive a share of those 80 million vaccines and through COVAX, I believe there were some six million vaccines destined for the region,” he added. Previously, as India was grappling with the second wave of COVID-19, the US had extended its support to India.
So far, the US has managed to supply seven planeloads of life-saving supplies worth approximately USD 100 million. “This is an addition to the tremendous generosity that we have seen from the private sector and the diaspora here in this country that has donated some 400 million additional dollars,” he added.
The Biden administration has committed to supporting India to overcome the ongoing crisis. US had been under immense pressure to help countries like India which is battling against the deadly COVID-19. So far, India has recorded over 2,90,89,069 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 3,53,528 deaths.