The United States said on Tuesday it was ready to ship its Covid-19 vaccines quickly when given the green light from the Indian government, which told Americans it needed more time to review legal provisions relating to the acceptance of donated vaccines.
“We are ready to ship these vaccines quickly when we get the go-ahead from the Indian government,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters at his daily press conference.
The Biden administration has announced that it is sharing 80 million doses of its national stockpile with countries around the world, including India. Over the past week, US vaccines have landed in countries around the world, including Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
However, the vaccines to India could not be sent as the Indian government has yet to clear the legal hurdles necessary for such an emergency import.
“Before they can ship these doses, however, each country must complete its own set of operational, regulatory and legal processes that are specific to each country. Now India has determined that it needs more time to review the doses. legal provisions related to accepting vaccine donations, ”Price said.
“Once India completes its legal procedures, our vaccine donations to India will be made promptly. We would need to refer you to the Indian government on the status of its discussions with COVAX, which in this case, helps facilitate that delivery, ”he said.
“More broadly in the region, across South Asia, we are donating millions of vaccines to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. So far, around 40 million doses have been distributed worldwide, ”he added. .
Responding to another question, Price said the Covid-19 cooperation between the two countries is built on decades of successful partnership in health and biomedical research.
“We are working in partnership to strengthen the global response to Covid-19 on issues ranging from tackling infectious disease epidemics to strengthening health systems and securing global supply chains,” he said. he declares.
“We recently hosted a collaborative initiative through the International Center for Excellence in Infectious Disease Research, and in this case that includes Covid-19 and other emerging threats. We look forward to a comprehensive memorandum of understanding, a memorandum of understanding, to improve health cooperation beyond that, ”he added.
The two countries are also working on diagnostics, therapies and vaccines to fight the disease and recognize the importance of manufacturing essential drugs during this time and making them accessible worldwide.
“We are able to do this because the Indian pharmaceutical sector is strong, it is well established, it has played a central role in the manufacture of vaccines for global use for quite some time. We are happy that the American pharmaceutical companies in turn are coordinating with their Indian counterparts. since the start of the pandemic, ”Price said.
“As you know, beyond this partnership, as part of the Quad Leaders Summit, there was an agreement to work with India to boost the manufacture of Covid vaccines that would support safe and efficient distribution and ultimately universal vaccine globally, “he said.
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