Statement by NSC spokesperson Emily Horne on the appeal of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval of India
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, expressing deep sympathy for the Indian people following the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Mr Sullivan affirmed America’s solidarity with India, the two countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. Building on the seven-decade health partnership between the United States and India – including the battles against smallpox, polio and HIV – they decided that India and the United States would continue to fight together against the global COVID-19 pandemic. Just as India sent aid to the United States when our hospitals were under stress at the start of the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India when needed.
To this end, the United States is working tirelessly to deploy available resources and supplies. The United States has identified specific raw material sources urgently needed for Indian manufacture of the Covishield vaccine which will be immediately available for India. To help treat patients with COVID-19 and protect frontline health workers in India, the United States has identified supplies of therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators and medical equipment. personal protection (PPE) which will be immediately available for India. The United States is also exploring options to urgently provide oxygen production and related supplies. The US Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is funding a substantial expansion of the manufacturing capacity of BioE, the vaccine maker in India, allowing BioE to grow to produce at least 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by end of 2022. In addition, the United States is deploying an expert team of public health advisers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and USAID to work closely with the United States Embassy, the United States. Indian ministries of health and staff of the Indian epidemic intelligence service. USAID will also work quickly with CDC to support and accelerate the mobilization of emergency resources available to India through the Global Fund.
The two national security advisers agreed that the United States and India will remain in close contact in the coming days.