United States Vice President Kamala Harris has reacted to the COVID surge in India and has said that India’s welfare is critically important to the United States.
Pledging that the Biden administration is determined to help India in its hour of need, Harris said that the entire government machinery has been galvanised to help the country in this hour of crisis.
India is struggling with a second wave of the pandemic with more than 4,00,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported in the past few days, and hospitals are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, when our hospital beds were stretched, India sent assistance. And today, we are determined to help India in its hour of need,” Harris said in her remarks at the State Department’s Diaspora outreach event on US COVID Relief for India.
“We do this as friends of India, as members of the Asian Quad, and as part of the global community. I believe that if we continue to work together — across nations and sectors — we will all get through this,” she said.
The Biden-Harris Administration has announced $100 million assistance to India to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.