U.S. House Passes Resolution Urging Biden Administrator to Help Covid in India
The United States 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 Biden administration to urgently facilitate Covid’s aid to the ‘India.
The bipartisan resolution, co-authored by Congressmen Brad Sherman and Steve Chabot who had 41 co-sponsors, recognized that when the United States was in the midst of a devastating spike in Covid cases, India lifted its ban on the export of certain therapeutic products in response to a request from the US government.
Sherman and Chabot are co-chairs of the House India Caucus. Among 41 co-sponsors, 32 lawmakers were from the ruling Democratic Party and nine were from the Republican Party.
The resolution recognized that the Indian pharmaceutical industry is a critical part of the global solution to the pandemic, especially for much of Asia, Africa and Latin America, and is the largest producer worldwide of Covid vaccines having exported 66.36 million doses to 93 countries and representing more than half of the global vaccine manufacture.
The resolution stands with the Indian people as they collectively work to stem the spread of COVID-19, Sherman said.
The United States must work with our partners around the world to quell the virus wherever it persists, he added.
Chabot said the second wave of Covid caused immense suffering.
Our close ties with India and India’s support at the start of the pandemic call for our support. As case rates continue to decline, we must help them end the battle against Wave 2 and win the war against COVID-19, he added.
Prior to this resolution, more than 150 members of the United States Congress across the political aisle posted statements, letters and tweets in support of India.
In recent months, Indian Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu has had intense and methodical engagement with the United States Congress.
In addition to traditional India contacts, outreach was broadened to cover a cross section of the US Congress, including senior members of the House and Senate.
The resolution recognizes the efforts of the Biden administration to deliver urgently needed medical supplies India and urges the delivery of additional and much-needed medical supplies and in-kind donations of medical supplies to help India crack down on the second devastating wave of COVID-19.
It also recognizes the efforts of American Indians and American businesses to support the Indian healthcare system during this time of need, including the delivery of 1,000 ventilators and 25,000 oxygen concentrators to healthcare facilities across India. .
In April, Chabot, Sherman and a few others officially asked the White House to increase its aid for India’s battle against COVID-19.
By early May, the United States had provided India with more than $ 100 million in medical supplies, including oxygen assistance, personal protective equipment (PPE), rapid diagnostic tests and therapeutics. USAID also facilitated the delivery of 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators to India, donated by the State of California.
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