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US VP Kamala Harris dials PM Modi, assures donation of COVID-19 vaccine doses

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Thursday, June 03, 2021, 09:58 PM IST

Kamala Harris | Photo: AFP
Kamala Harris | Photo: AFP
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US Vice-President Kamala Harris spoke to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a phone call today. As per sources, the phone call was at the request of US Vice President. Over the phone call, Miss Kamala underscored the US-India partnership with PM Modi.

Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders said that Kamala Harris spoke to Pres Andres Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, Pres Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala and PM Keith Rowley, Chairman of the Caribbean Community including PM Modi.

The US administration has announced that it will donate 25 million COVID-19 doses abroad, with most of them allocated to WHO's Covax initiative. In a fact sheet, the White House said it will donate just over 6 million with countries experiencing surges, including Canada, Mexico, India.

According to Symone Sanders, the US Vice President notified each of the leaders that US will begin sharing the first 25 million doses of COVID vaccines to their respective countries and others, as part of US Administration’s framework for sharing at least 80 million vaccines globally by the end of June.

She also reiterated that the administration’s efforts are focused on achieving broad global coverage,responding to surges and helping as many countries as possible who requested vaccines. The leaders agreed to continue working together to address COVID-19.

US President Joe Biden today announced his plans to allocate 75 per cent - nearly 19 million of the first tranche of 25 million doses - of unused COVID-19 vaccines through the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing programme to countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as Africa.

In a statement, President Biden provided details on how the US will allocate the first 25 million of the vaccines to lay the ground for increased global coverage and to address real and potential surges, high burdens of disease, and the needs of the most vulnerable countries.

"At least 75 percent of these doses - nearly 19 million- will be shared through COVAX, including approximately 6 million doses for Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 7 million for South and Southeast Asia, and approximately 5 million for Africa," Biden said.

(With agency inputs)

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Published on: Thursday, June 03, 2021, 09:58 PM IST