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Will Send Raw Material "Urgently Required" For Covishield, Says US

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"The other thing I'd say about India is that they need help".

Others such as US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi urged the Biden administration to release unused vaccines to India.

Price first tried to sidetrack the issue of restrictions on vaccine raw materials exports by claiming that the reporter had asked about intellectual property rights for vaccines and that it was a matter for the US Trade Representative (USTR).

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar discussed Covid-19 and health cooperation last week and it had opened the possibility of Washington allowing vaccine raw materials to be exported.

Coveney said that Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is now assessing what can be sent by Ireland to India, noting that they are "a huge country, and we are not".

A group of senators including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and almost 100 members of Congress have sent a letter to the USA president on the issue to waive the intellectual property rights of pharmaceutical companies, ANI reported.

Meanwhile, White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients said that USA has longstanding commitment to India's public health.

"Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in its time of need", the USA said. That campaign is well underway, and we're doing that for a couple of reasons."Number one, we have a special responsibility to the American people".

Western nations including Britain and Germany have pledged help as India's coronavirus crisis grows, driving increases in global case numbers in recent days even as the number of vaccines administered globally surpasses the one billion mark.

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Speaking on RTÉ Radio this afternoon, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said that Ireland needs to work with the European Union and the USA to provide help to India.

Besides, India has recently approved the Russian Sputnik V vaccine developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute.

But it did not mention whether the USA would send millions of surplus AstraZeneca vaccine doses to India, after top United States pandemic adviser Anthony Fauci said Sunday that would be considered.

The country of around 1.3 billion has now recorded a total of 16.6 million cases, including 189,544 deaths.

Although the federal government has claimed that it has put in place the "world's largest vaccine drive", the efficiency of the inoculation drive has been questioned.

The frightening surge has left hospitals overflowing, and oxygen and medicines in very short supply.

India has become the world's main supplier of vaccines because of the license granted to SII by Oxford and AstraZeneca for the vaccine developed by them.

India's pharmaceutical sector is now working on a war footing to boost vaccine production amid the rising number of patients.

"The Chinese government and the people firmly support the Indian government and their people in their fight. We are now holding communications with the Indian side", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing. Based on the need of the Indian side, we stand ready to offer support and assistance.

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