In phone call with Modi, Biden pledges U.S. support to help India beat escalating COVID-19, sends vaccines and oxygen-related supplies

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on Monday spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, committing that the United States and India will work closely together in the fight against COVID-19, the White House said.

“The President pledged America’s steadfast support for the people of India who have been impacted by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. In response, the United States is providing a range of emergency assistance, including oxygen-related supplies, vaccine materials, and therapeutics,” said the readout of their conversation.

India has recorded hundreds of thousands of new daily cases of COVID-19 in the past few days, and thousands of daily deaths. Intensive care units are operating at full capacity and the healthcare system is on the brink of collapse.

The White House added that Prime Minister Modi expressed appreciation for the strong cooperation between both countries, while the two leaders resolved that “the United States and India will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the effort to protect our citizens and the health of our communities.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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