We are doing a lot for India, says US president

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that countries that receive US vaccines will receive them by July 4 – India and Brazil are likely on that list. His comments came during his remarks on Tuesday afternoon, briefing the public on the immunization program and the accomplishments of his administration.

The United States, which reached a deal with Canada and Mexico in March to share 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, said last week that 10 million more doses would be available in the coming weeks, followed by 50 millions more by the end of June. . India expects to receive most of the 60 million doses, Reuters reported last week.

“We are helping India significantly. I spoke to Prime Minister Modi. What he needs most is that he needs the equipment and parts to be able to operate his machines capable of running the vaccine. We send it, send oxygen.

“We send a lot of precursors. So we’re doing a lot for India, ”Biden said in response to a question about the criteria used to decide which countries (India, Brazil were specifically named in the question) get the vaccine.

“With regard to the AstraZeneca vaccine … we have sent this vaccine to Canada, Mexico and other countries that we are speaking with now,” Biden said, adding that he spoke with Tuesday with a head of state and was not prepared to do so. announce which other countries will receive the vaccine.

“We will, by July 4, be sending about 10% of what we have to other countries, including some of the ones you mentioned.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said five of the six assistance shipments had already reached India and that “more flights are on their way”, with a total of more than 100 million. aid dollars, including rapid tests, oxygen cylinders, concentrators and masks.

The United States is ready to send 12.5 million more N95 masks to India.

“We have also sent 2.5 million N-95 masks and we have an additional 12.5 million N-95 masks available, should that request come from the Indian government,” Ms. Psaki said.