India in contact with American entities for the purchase of vaccines: MEA
India is in contact with US entities for the purchase of vaccines and their manufacture in the country in order to increase vaccine supply, the foreign ministry said.
Regarding the US government’s intentions to make the vaccines available to other countries, the MEA said details were not available.
“We remain engaged with the American entities with a view to sourcing vaccines in the United States and perhaps also manufacturing them in India afterwards. This will increase the availability of our vaccines, ”MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at a press conference on Thursday.
He said the government took note of recent announcements by the United States of its intention to make the vaccines available to other countries, but did not have details.
On the Farzad B gas field
Upon signing a contract between the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Petropars Group for the development of the Farzad B gas field, Bagchi said the Indian consortium was in contact with Iranian authorities about its involvement at a stadium ulterior.
“We have seen media reports that NIOC this week on May 17th signed a contract with Petropars for the development of the Farzad B gas field and wanted to involve India appropriately at a later stage. The involvement of this Indian consortium is ongoing and we are in the torch with them. The latest developments are of course part of Iran’s efforts to develop the gas field and we are in contact, our consortium is in contact with the Iranian authorities, ”he said.
On the quality of surplus American vaccines
Responding to questions about the quality of surplus AstraZeneca vaccine that the United States can provide from its stockpile, Bagchi said all vaccines imported from overseas must comply with Indian guidelines. “I understand that the United States has also indicated that any vaccine they send overseas will be sent after they get clearance from the FDA on the quality of the vaccines,” he added.
US President Joe Biden has announced that his country will export 20 million additional doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, in addition to the 60 million AstraZeneca vaccines he has already committed to other countries. The US government, however, did not share how these vaccines would be distributed among countries and what India’s share would be.
Responding to questions about India’s plans for additional overseas supply of vaccines, Bagchi said the Foreign Minister had previously stressed the need to adapt the vaccines produced domestically to the immunization program of India.
On foreign medical assistance to India, the MEA said many countries have expressed solidarity and support for India in its fight against the second wave of Covid-19. “About 40 countries have provided Covid-related materials and equipment to India through the Red Cross,” he said.