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Biden promises India Covid support in call to Modi

  • Published at 12:24 am April 27th, 2021
Indian PM Narendra Modi, left, speaks alongside Joe Biden
File photo: Indian PM Narendra Modi, left, speaks alongside Joe Biden, right, during a luncheon at the US State Department in Washington, DC on September 30, 2014 AFP

The US ‘is providing a range of emergency assistance, including oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials, and therapeutics,’ Biden told Modi, according to a statement

US President Joe Biden promised emergency assistance to Covid-ravaged India in a telephone call Monday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the two countries said.

Biden "pledged America's steadfast support for the people of India who have been impacted by the recent surge in Covid-19 cases," the White House said.

The US "is providing a range of emergency assistance, including oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials, and therapeutics," Biden told Modi, according to a statement.


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The US announced emergency aid Sunday after rising criticism in India, an increasingly close partner of the US, that Washington had a glut of vaccine doses and was not sharing.

Modi, according to an Indian statement, "conveyed his heartfelt appreciation for the offer of assistance."

In one point not touched on by the White House, India said that Modi raised with Biden a call to ease intellectual property requirements on Covid vaccines.

Such a move would "ensure quick and affordable access to vaccines and medicines for developing countries," the Indian statement said.

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