Jaishankar Calls for ‘Decentralised Vaccination’
The Biden Administration’s invocation of the US Defence Production Act, which prioritises domestic production of vaccines, has created supply shortages for other manufacturers in the queue. One of Jaishankar’s main objectives was to get US officials to further ease the situation, since they have more than enough vaccines and will have a surplus of up to a billion doses by the end of the year if current production levels are maintained.
“I would argue that in many ways, international equity and fairness, these are not just noble principles, they are practical common sense. It’s like creating a broader stakeholder-ship in the world, so that the totality of the world is better balanced,” Jaishankar said in his discussion with McMaster. Apply that to vaccine affordability and availability and you see the dangers of “a world which is part vaccinated and part neglected” and therefore unsafe.
And that was the essence of the trip — India needs to vaccinate its people, produce for others, and the US’ help is necessary.
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