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US Says Will “Work Closely With India On Essential Supplies” Amid Covid Surge

US Says Will “Work Closely With India On Essential Supplies” Amid Covid Surge

US Says Will 'Work Closely With India On Essential Supplies' Amid Covid Surge

US will work closely with India to facilitate movement of essential supplies, Jalina Porter said.

Washington:

US State Department spokeswoman, Jalina Porter on Friday (local time) during a press briefing reaffirmed that US will work closely with India to facilitate movement of essential supplies during surge.

Informing about the update on India’s request regarding US position on the embargo on lifting of raw materials for the , she said, “We have continued to work closely with India to facilitate the movement of essential supplies and also address the bottlenecks of their supply chains. But we’ll also continue to collaborate with our partners in India to battle this at the highest level.”

“We don’t have any specific update to raw materials, but we’ll just reiterate that we understand that the COVID situation in India remains a global concern,” added Porter.

Earlier on Tuesday, US Secretary of State spoke to External Affairs Minister regarding the lethal second COVID-19 wave in India.

“We know Secretary Blinken spoke to his counterpart on Tuesday, and we remain deeply engaged with India at all levels as we work to combat this crisis of the pandemic together, said Porter.

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Earlier, India and South had proposed to the Trade Organisation () to temporarily lift certain intellectual property barriers and allow countries to locally manufacture COVID-19 diagnostics and vaccines.

The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of (TRIPS) waiver proposed by India and South Africa in October 2020 would temporarily lift certain intellectual property barriers and allow countries to locally manufacture COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines. 

 

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