The White House released a statement, citing that the US Agency for International Development (USAID) helped at least 56 million Indians by providing COVID-19 related health training, essential equipment, and vaccine information. To address India’s public health priorities, the White House mentioned that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has successfully collaborated with the Indian government for over 50 years.
In the statement, it has been noted that the CDC allocated $16 million towards COVID-19 response in India since March last year. This amount was used to support country-level coordination in epidemiology and surveillance, case management, and infection prevention.
Both India and the US are committed to continuing the partnership on cybersecurity. This also includes efforts to promote critical infrastructure resilience, and cooperation to address cyber threats. The White House stated that the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded nearly 200 research awards with collaborations involving Indian partners. In the last 4 years, the number of health research collaborations with India grew from 200 to nearly 330, and the number of Indian research organizations participating in NIH-funded research grew from nearly 100 to over 200.
Sources revealed that on October 28 and 29, the US and India will co-host the fourth annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF). This will bring together all the government leaders, industries across the Indo-Pacific region.