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Narendra Modi speaks to Kamala Harris, appreciates US assurance for COVID-19 vaccine provide to India-India News , Firstpost

The US vice-president conveyed that the United States will start sharing vaccines with India, together with different international locations by the tip of June

File picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to the US Vice President Kamala Harris and expressed his appreciation for assurance of vaccine provides to India as a part of the US Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, below which India is anticipated to get the primary batch of doses by the month-end.

In a collection of tweets, Modi mentioned he additionally thanked Harris for all of the assist and solidarity from the US authorities, companies and the Indian diaspora.

“We also discussed ongoing efforts to further strengthen India-US vaccine cooperation & potential of our partnership to contribute to post-Covid global health, economic recovery,” he mentioned.

The US embassy additionally issued an announcement from Symone Sanders, senior advisor and chief spokesperson for Harris on her calls with leaders of 4 international locations, together with Modi, on the worldwide allocation plan for the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine doses to India and different international locations by the month-end.

In the 4 separate calls, she mentioned that the US will start sharing the primary 25 million (2.5 crore) doses of COVID-19 vaccines to their respective international locations and others, as a part of the Biden-Harris administration”s framework for sharing a minimum of 80 million (eight crore) vaccines globally by the tip of June.

She reiterated that the administration”s efforts are centered on reaching a broad world protection, responding to surges and different pressing conditions and public well being wants, and serving to as many international locations as doable who requested vaccines.

The 4 leaders thanked the vp, they usually agreed to proceed working collectively to deal with COVID-19 and advance our mutual pursuits world wide, the US authorities assertion mentioned.

Besides Modi, Harris spoke to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico, President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala and Prime Minister Keith Rowley, Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the assertion added.

Officials right here mentioned that Modi and Harris mentioned ongoing efforts to strengthen the well being provide chain between the US and India, together with within the space of vaccine manufacturing. They highlighted the potential of the India-US partnership in addition to the QUAD vaccine initiative in addressing the long-term well being impression of the pandemic.

The prime minister additionally mentioned he hopes to welcome Vice President Harris in India quickly after normalisation of the worldwide well being scenario.

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