India has been ravaged by two waves of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a mounting death-toll and many parts of the country reporting an acute paucity of COVID-19 vaccines.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PHONE CALL WITH HARRIS?
In her phone call with PM Modi, Harris reportedly underscored the India-US Partnership. The call was made at her request, ANI reported, quoting sources.
According to the statement from PMO, the two leaders also discussed ongoing efforts to strengthen the health supply chain between US and India, including in the area of vaccine manufacturing.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed the hope to welcome US Vice President Harris in India soon after the normalisation of the global health situation,” the statement also read.
Harris also made phone calls to President Andres Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala, and PM Keith Rowley, Chairman of the Caribbean Community, reported ANI, citing her Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders. In the calls, VP Harris informed each of the leaders that the US will begin sharing the first 25 million doses of COVID vaccines to their respective countries, as part of US Administration’s framework for sharing at least 80 million vaccines globally by the end of June, Sanders added, according to ANI.
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