Thursday, 28 October 2021

Extra $25 million support to India for vaccination scheme

Extra $25 million support to India for vaccination plan

On Wednesday, US secretary of state Antony Blinken announced an extra $25 million in financial support from the US government to support the India vaccination drive plan.

After delegation-level talks between the two, Blinken told a press briefing that the funding would help save lives by building up vaccine supply chains across India. The country is not yet reaching a double-digit mark in the percentage of the fully vaccinated person.

He said.

"The funding will contribute to saving a life by building up vaccine supply line logistics, addressing about misinformation, vaccine hesitancy and helping to train more health care workers,"

Today, I'm proud to announce an additional $25 million from the U.S. government, through @USAID, to support India’s COVID-19 vaccination program. The United States’ support will help save lives by strengthening vaccine supply chains across India.

— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) July 28, 2021

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During the joint press conference, external affairs minister S Jaishankar acknowledged Biden's administration response in keeping the raw materials supply chain open for vaccine production in India and thanked the US for the "exceptional" support during the second Covid wave.

The latest funding through US Agency for International Development is on top of more than $200 million of Covid-19 support announced by the US. Blinken stressed that the two countries are setting to end the Covid-19 pandemic in India and the United States.

The top US diplomat said the Covid-19 hit both countries very hard, and the US will not forget the aid and assistance India provided early in the pandemic. "I am proud we could return the gesture to India," he added.

The two sides discussed numerous issues, including regional security, travel challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, and cooperation on defense and security. Speaking on the Afghan topic, which has tremendous implications on regional security, Blinken said both sides are committed to the proposition that there is no military solution to the conflict.

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