US President Joe Biden plans to offer PM Narendra Modi a better role at an upcoming COVID-19 global summit if the latter restarts exporting vaccines. Vaccine plays an important role in fighting against the novel Coronavirus, therefore, US government is persuading Modi to resume vaccine export so as to maintain the global supply.
India is the world’s largest producer of COVID vaccines. With a huge upsurge in the number of daily cases and positivity rate in March 2021, India stopped exporting vaccine to meet the domestic demand. This stoppage might be scrapped now as the curve of COVID cases in India has started to flatten.
The US administration is in contact with India to discuss the supply of vaccines. According to reports from international media, US is regularly inquiring about India’s timeline for restarting exports of vaccine.
“We commend India for being one of the largest manufacturers for safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines globally, and we note that COVAX and the world rely heavily on India’s contribution,” said a US administration official in an interview. “Its important for the US to engage all our allies and partners so we can take necessary actions to end this pandemic,” he added.
India’s role in global vaccine supply:
India saw a huge upsurge in the number of COVID cases in the initial months of 2021. The positivity rate was skyrocketing and so were the death tools. The Centre decided to stop the export of Indian vaccines in order to meet the domestic demand. Being one of the largest manufacturer’s and exporters on COVID vaccine in the world, India’s decision shook the global supply.
Given the betterment in COVID situation and Biden’s incentive, PM Modi might consider restarting the export of COVID vaccine. Stay tuned with Artifex.News for further updates.
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