India-US healthcare partnership essential in battle towards coronavirus: Ambassador Sandhu


Washington, August 25

The India-US cooperation is proving essential to confront the well being challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, together with future vaccine growth and distribution, New Delhi’s prime envoy within the US has stated.

India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Monday and stated: “As societies that respect innovation, India and the United States can do much to provide solutions to the novel coronavirus pandemic and to build a healthier, safer world beyond.”

As each India and the United States fight a pandemic of unprecedented scale, the 2 nations have drawn upon the energy of their long-standing health-care ties to assist them higher perceive the novel coronavirus and discover workable options, he wrote.

As of August 24, greater than 5 million instances have been confirmed within the US. There have been greater than 170,000 deaths within the nation.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 31,67,323 on Tuesday, whereas the demise toll climbed to 58,390.

In India, the federal government and the personal sector have labored collectively to make sure the integrity of medical provide chains, and important medicines from India have continued to succeed in the United States and a few 150 accomplice nations, Sandhu wrote.

But extra urgently, the India-US cooperation is proving essential to confront well being challenges posed by the pandemic, together with future vaccine growth and distribution, the Indian Ambassador wrote.

“The India-US partnership in medical research has been complemented by the strength of our cooperation in pharmaceuticals,” he wrote including that India’s capabilities in R&D and in manufacturing have made its pharmaceutical sector the world’s third-largest by quantity.

“These strengths have been bolstered by government incentives to encourage investments in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients. Indian generic drugs have found a ready market across the globe, with Indian firms supplying about 40 per cent of generic formulations marketed in the United States,” he stated.

“This has allowed American health-care consumers to save billions and enjoy enhanced access to quality medicines. The pharmaceutical sector has also been a significant job creator in the United States, with Indian firms investing billions to establish manufacturing facilities in different states in this country,” Sandhu wrote.

According to the envoy, when the coronavirus outbreak started, the community of present collaborations between the nations sprang into motion.

Using the platform of the India-US Science and Technology Forum, an initiative led by each governments, calls have been put out to assist joint analysis and incubate start-up engagements.

The initiative was directed at growing applied sciences for the containment and administration of the novel coronavirus, together with diagnostics and therapeutics, he stated. 

The op-ed by Ambassador was extremely appreciated and tweeted by many.

“India-US cooperation is proving crucial to confront #health challenges posed by the COVID19 pandemic, including future vaccine development and distribution,” stated US Indian Business Council. PTI



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