On April 26, Head of Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev said India would receive the first batch of Russian Sputnik V vaccine on May 1. This is part of a Russian effort to help India experience some of the unprecedented crisis of the COVID-19 epidemic.
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In his statement, Dmitriev did not say how many vaccines will be in the first batch or where they will be produced. Mr. Dmitriev hopes that Russian supplies will help India get out of the difficult situation in time.
To this day, on April 26, the US time, the White House also broadcast a plan to share the AstraZeneca pharmacy’s COVID-19 vaccine inventory with other countries in the midst of increasing pressure on the administration of President Joe Biden. in supporting global vaccine equity.
According to the White House announcement, 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine could be exported in the coming months but did not say exactly where those vaccines will be distributed.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said about 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine could be exported “in the coming weeks”, while around 50 million doses are in production and could be shipped in May and June. The Biden administration is still looking at where and how they will share the vaccine.
The announcement comes as Washington is facing increasing pressure to share the COVID-19 vaccine, especially with heavily affected countries such as India, as well as giving up. US intellectual property rules to allow more countries to produce vaccines.
“We are continuing to find ways to help India. We are looking at what can be of help. They need a lot of things right now, especially oxygen. Also, we will help. additional personal protective equipment, test kits and other immediate needs they require, “said Ms Psaki.
An AstraZeneca spokesperson could not comment on specifics of the US vaccine supply agreement, but said the amount of the aforementioned vaccine was part of its commitment to the US government. “The decision to send US supplies to other countries was made by the US government,” she said.
The AP previously reported that the vaccine will be shared in the coming months after FDA approval. The vaccine is currently experiencing serious post-injection side effects challenges, including blood clots that pose a risk of death.
Many have now criticized the accusations that Washington “hoarded” AstraZeneca, the unlicensed and likely not required vaccination for Americans.
On the same day, President Biden spoke by phone with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to information from the White House, Washington is committed to providing “an array of emergency assistance, including oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials and treatments”.
Indian Prime Minister Modi confirmed on Twitter that he had had a fruitful conversation with President Biden, expressing his thanks to the US leader for Washington’s support for New Delhi.
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The Indian government is likely to allocate military medical infrastructure to treat the population, as the number of infections and deaths in India is at a record high for days in a row.
Prime Minister Modi urged people to be vaccinated and to be cautious in what he called the Covid-19 “hurricane”. India recorded an additional 319,435 cases and 2,764 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 17,625,735 and 197,880 respectively.