US lawmakers, governors push for more Covid vaccines to India

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PTI

Washington

Several lawmakers and governors have urged the Biden administration to ensure India receives Covid vaccines and medical aid, saying the crisis in the country is “devastating” and that the US has a responsibility to help its close allies fight the pandemic. India on Sunday reported 1,14,460 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 60 days, while the daily positivity rate stood at 5.62 per cent. The total tally of coronavirus cases in the country is 2,88,09,339.

“The crisis in India is devastating and demands more action from (US President Joe) Biden. More COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies are needed to help one of our most important global allies fight this virus,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said.

In a tweet, he urged US citizens to join him in praying for India.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz said that almost 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the US.

“India is a critical friend of the US. Biden’s vaccine sharing programme is flawed: We should prioritise our allies such as India, and make sure it receives the COVID-19 vaccines they desperately need,” he said.

Senator Roger Wicker from the Senate Armed Services Committee said that it is important for the US to continue helping other nations beat the coronavirus. “Sending excess vaccines to close allies like India doesn’t just make sense, it is the right thing to do,” he said.

Congressman Michael McCaul, a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs, tweeted, “Glad to see critically needed vaccines and other therapeutics will be sent to India to continue to support a longstanding partner and ally.”

He said as Texans, this reinforces close ties between “our community and the Indian-American diaspora”.         Congressman Adam Smith lauded President Biden for the steps taken to assist countries that need help.

“The COVID-19 crisis in India and other countries has been devastating, and more vaccines and medical supplies are still needed,” said the chairman of the powerful House Armed Services Committee.