India’s increased Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity has the potential to be a game-changer far beyond its borders, the Biden administration said on Thursday.
“This is important to us because India has suffered tremendously from the epidemic. Virtually no part of Indian society has been spared from this horrific scourge. That is why we have talked about the emphasis. on increasing manufacturing in India, ”State Department spokesman Ned said. Price told reporters.
“With increasing manufacturing capacity in India, the volume of capacity has the potential to be a game-changer far beyond India’s borders. And that is precisely why this agreement was reached and announced in the context Quad, ”he said.
Earlier this year, at the first virtual Quad Summit, made up of leaders from Australia, India, Japan and the United States, it was decided to work together to increase the manufacturing capacity of Covid-19 vaccines. from India.
So far, the United States has contributed $ 500 million in Covid-19 aid to India. This includes $ 100 million from government alone. The entire U.S. government, including Secretary of State Tony Blinken, has led an effort to galvanize the private sector to participate, he said.
“We were very happy to see that together, between contributions from the US government and those from the private sector, we saw some $ 0.5 billion in support going to India when needed,” he said. -he declares.
The Biden administration announced Thursday that it will send 25 million of its vaccines to other countries, including India.
“There are still some 55 million doses that the administration has pledged to send overseas by the end of this month,” Price said, adding that the announcement in this regard could come in weeks to come. come.