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Virus Battle: US and India Working Together on COVID-19 Vaccine

In the fight against coronavirus, the US announced that it will work together with India on COVID-19 therapies and vaccines to ensure both countries have access to materials like PPEs and HCQ.

In a teleconference with journalists, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told TOI: “We (US and India) continue to talk about the bigger issues, free and open Indo-Pacific, the challenge of China and trade.”

Indicating that India and the US were cooperating beyond the pandemic, he said: “We’re paying attention to supply chains. We want to mesh the supply chains that both countries have access to in areas that are important for our national security.”

India has the largest producer of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and had recently agreed to lift a ban on the export of the anti-malarial drug, HCQ, following a telephone conversation between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A report in DNA stated that the US has given India an amount of nearly $5.9 million in health assistance as an aid to curbing the spread of the deadly virus in the country.

The confirmed coronavirus death toll in the United States reached 32,917 on Thursday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The toll as of 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Friday) marked an increase of 4,491 deaths in the past 24 hours, by far the highest daily toll in the pandemic so far. But the figure likely includes “probable” deaths related to COVID-19, which were not previously included.

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