India is a vital producer of vaccines for the globe: White Housetext_fields
Washington DC: The United States said that India is an important producer of vaccines for the globe. It acknowledged that India played a crucial role in producing vaccines and supplying them overseas during the Covid-19 crisis.
On Tuesday, Dr Ashish Jha, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, told the media, Because of its incredible manufacturing capacity, (India) has been a major exporter of vaccines."
He responded to a question by the press that the QUAD partnership, between Australia, India, Japan and the US, on coronavirus was inevitable for the Joe Biden government in the US.
"I think India is an important manufacturer of vaccines for the world. I mean not just for India itself, this is a really important thing," he said.
Further, he defended the White House's decision to supply vaccines to other nations and added that the US would continue delivering the same for every low and several low-middle and middle-income countries.
He said, There are about 100 countries that are eligible to get free vaccines through COVAX -- where we donate the vaccines still available for donation," he said. According to Dr Jha, every major variant that hit the US originated from outside the country. "So, the notion that we can somehow wall ourselves off and not be affected by what's happening in the rest of the world is just naïve."
"It's just not how transmissible viruses like this work. So even if you think about it from very narrow self-interest, it's very important that we get much of the world vaccinated, that we help build out the kind of vaccination program. But beyond self-interest, you know, America is a country that has deeply engaged in the world," Jha said.
Then he claimed that the Biden administration restored the American leadership on global health in a way entirely different from Donald Trump.
"So, for a whole set of reasons, it's very, very important that America continues to lead, €4.02 billion is a small investment to make to better protect Americans and better protect the world," he added.