US House passes resolution urging Biden admin to facilitate assistance to India
The resolution recognised that India’s pharmaceutical industry is vital for the global solution to the pandemic
The US House of Representatives has expressed solidarity with India in its fight against the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and in a resolution urged the Joe Biden administration to urgently facilitate Covid-19 assistance to India.
The bipartisan resolution, co-authored by Congressmen, Brad Sherman and Steve Chabot that had 41 co-sponsors, recognized that when the US was in the midst of a devastating spike in Covid-19 cases, India lifted its export ban on certain therapeutics in response to a request by the US government, according to a news agency report.
Brad Sherman and Steve Chabot are co-chairs of the House India Caucus. Among 41 co-sponsors, 32 lawmakers were from the ruling Democratic party and another nine from the Republican.
The resolution recognised that India’s pharmaceutical industry is a vital part of the global solution to the pandemic, especially for much of Asia, Africa and Latin America, and is the world’s biggest producer of Covid vaccines having exported 66.36 million doses to 93 countries and accounting for over half of global vaccine manufacturing.
“The resolution stands with the people of India as they collectively work to stem the spread of COVID-19,” said Sherman.
“The US must work with our partners around the world to quell the virus everywhere it persists,” he added.
Chabot said the second wave of Covid has caused immense suffering.
“Our close ties to India and India’s support for us early in the pandemic call for our support. As case rates continue to decline, we must help them finish the battle against the second wave and win the war against COVID-19 altogether,” he added.
The resolution recognizes the efforts of the Biden administration to deliver urgently needed medical supplies to India and urges the delivery of additional, much-needed medical supplies and in-kind medical supply donations to help India quell the devastating second wave of COVID-19.
It also recognizes the efforts of Indian-Americans and American firms to support India’s health care system during this time of need, including the delivery of 1,000 ventilators and 25,000 oxygen concentrators to health care facilities across India.
In April, Chabot, Sherman and a few others formally requested the White House to increase its assistance for India’s battle against COVID-19.
By early May, when India was going through the second wave of the pandemic, the US had provided more than USD 100 million worth of medical supplies to India, including oxygen support, personal protective equipment (PPE), rapid diagnostic tests, and therapeutics.
The USAID also facilitated the delivery of 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators to India, donated by the State of California.
India and the United States are close bilateral partners. During the Covid-19 times, both countries extended support towards each other. While the US stood up for India during the second wave, India had also provided medical assistance when the US needed it.
The US has also said that it will send 6 million vaccine doses to India by the end of this month.