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Covid-19: White House refuses to comment on lifting ban on vaccine raw materials export to India

The White Home on Monday didn’t reply to questions on the request by Serum Institute of India to raise export ban on sure uncooked supplies wanted for ramping up manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccine.

The query on this regard was requested twice on Monday — as soon as through the morning White Home briefing on COVID-19 and later through the day by day news convention by White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“The Serum Institute of India has been saying that the Biden administration is obstructing exports of uncooked supplies that it must make COVID vaccines, and the Serum Institute has additionally urged President Biden to raise that embargo. So I wished to ask which uncooked supplies are at difficulty right here? And do you will have any plans to handle Serum’s issues?” requested a reporter through the morning news convention by the White Home COVID-19 Response Workforce.

Each Dr Anthony Fauci, Director on the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses and Dr Andy Slacitt, the White Home COVID-19 response senior advisor stated that they had no reply.

“I don’t… I’m sorry. We might get again to you on that, I’m positive. However I don’t have something for you proper now,” Fauci stated.

“Allow us to get again to you. Suffice to say we’re taking very severely the worldwide risk from the pandemic. We’ve been a frontrunner within the funding of COVAX, have accomplished a number of bilateral transfers of vaccines, and are wanting very exhausting and taking very severely all of those complicated points, we’ll get again to you on the specifics,” Slavitt stated.

The same query was requested through the day by day news convention.

“India is going through a important scarcity of uncooked supplies essential to make vaccines. And officers there are urging the US to raise embargo on exporting these uncooked supplies. My colleagues in India are reporting as we speak that the Biden administration lately informed India that its request was being thought-about and could be acted ‘on the earliest’. Might you present some extra particulars on that and perhaps some timeline?” a reporter requested Psaki.

In response Psaki referred to a current speech at WTO by US Commerce Consultant Katherine Tai.

“The numerous inequities we’re seeing in entry to vaccines between developed and creating international locations are utterly unacceptable. Extraordinary instances require extraordinary management, communication, and creativity,” she stated.

“We, after all are working with WTO members on a worldwide response to COVID. That features various elements, whether or not it’s USD four billion dedication to COVAX, or discussions about how we will support and help international locations that need assistance essentially the most.”

“However our focus is on figuring out the best steps that may assist get the pandemic beneath management. We don’t have something additional by way of subsequent steps or a timeline, however we’re contemplating a spread of choices,” Psaki stated.

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