Washington, June 26
India is an “incredibly important” partner to the US in the region and globally, the White House has said, underlining that America is working with the country on wide-ranging issues like economic, strategic and security.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the US took a range of steps to help India to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. “India is an incredibly important partner to the United States in the region and globally. We work with India on a range of issues, as you well know — economic, strategic, security,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference.
“The United States certainly took a range of steps as India was at the early stages of dealing with a rise in the pandemic to help provide a range of assistance, and we will continue to do that moving forward,” Psaki said in response to a question. In April and May, India struggled with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic with more than 3,00,000 daily new cases. Hospitals were reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds. In mid-May, new cases in India hit a record daily high with 4,12,262 new infections. In May, President Joe Biden announced $100 million worth of Covid assistance to India.
The US-India Chambers of Commerce Foundation has raised more than $1.2 million for Covid-related efforts in India. With a record-breaking fundraising, the foundation has shipped or en route nearly 120 ventilators and over 1,000 oxygen concentrators, a release said. On June 4, Vice-President Kamala Harris called PM Narendra Modi to inform him about the administration’s decision to send life-saving vaccines to India. — PTI
Significant recipient of US vaccines
- The US-India Chambers of Commerce Foundation has raised more than $1.2 million for Covid-related efforts in India.
- The foundation has shipped nearly 120 ventilators and over 1,000 oxygen concentrators, a release said.
- Also, India will be a significant recipient of the US vaccines after Joe Biden announced details of his administration’s decision to send 25 million shots to countries across the globe.
Pak seeks ‘civilised’ ties with US
Pakistan is seeking a “civilised” and “even-handed” relationship with Washington like the one that exists between the US and the UK or with India “right now”, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said. He underlined the role Islamabad could play in the region, including in Afghanistan after America leaves the war-torn country. PTI