The US government on Sunday decided to lift the export ban on the essential raw materials required by the vaccine manufacturers in India for the production of COVID-19 vaccine. This development comes after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his US counterpart Jake Sullivan had a phone conversation regarding the spike in COVID-19 infections across the country.
Sullivan affirmed America’s solidarity with India. This also comes after several US lawmakers voiced their concerns over the COVID-19 situation in India. They exerted pressure on the Biden administration to extend assistance, release vaccines and other raw materials critical for India. White House said the US has identified sources of specific raw material urgently required for Indian manufacture of the Covishield vaccine that will immediately be made available for India.
In a tweet, US President Joe Biden said that America is determined to help India deal with the spike in coronavirus cases, just as India helped Americans when US hospitals were strained early in the pandemic.
Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need. https://t.co/SzWRj0eP3y
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 25, 2021
Earlier in April, Serum Institute of India’s (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla had requested the US President to lift the export ban of raw material exports from the US. SII is currently manufacturing AstraZeneca-Oxford’s Covishield vaccine.