- India and the US are developing COVID-19 vaccine together
- The US will donate ventilators to India
- Donald Trump says India and the US, together, will defeat the deadly virus
The United State o America and India are developing a vaccine for the novel Coronavirus said the President of the US, Donald Trump on Friday while he praised Indian-American researchers and scientists.
Trump said that the US will donate ventilators to India to help it combat the “invisible enemy”, via Twitter.
He wrote, “I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and Narendra Modi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy!”
I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and @narendramodi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2020
Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to Donald Trump’s tweet saying, ““Thank you POTUS Donald Trump. This pandemic is being fought collectively by all of us. In such times, it’s always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make our world healthier and free from COVID-19.”
Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 16, 2020
This pandemic is being fought collectively by all of us. In such times, it’s always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make our world healthier and free from COVID-19.
More power to 🇮🇳 – 🇺🇸 friendship! https://t.co/GRrgWFhYzR
On the vaccine, the US President said that he is hopeful for a breakthrough by the end of 2020 and has also announced the appointment of a former pharmaceutical executive to lead the project “Operation Warp Speed”.
The US, currently, has the highest number of reported cases and death by Coronavirus with more than 1.4 mill cases (14 lakh) and over 88,500 deaths. Also, India has surpassed China’s tally as well.
While China’s total number of cases stands at around 83,000, India is about to cross the 86,000 mark.
Addressing the reporters at the Rose Garden, White House, Trump said, “I just got back a short while ago from India recently and we are working very much with India and we have a tremendous Indian population in the US and many of the people that you are talking about are working on the vaccine too. Great scientist and researchers,” after he unveiled the massive effort to fast track the development of the coronavirus vaccine before the year ends.
Trump referred to his visit to India in February, which included travel to Ahmedabad, Agra and New Delhi in a day and a half. The visit was a standalone India trip, the first-ever by any US President.
Also, In April, India lifted the ban of export of Hydroxychloroquine, the anti-Malaria drug, which the US touts as a potential treatment for the novel Coronavirus and exported the drug to not juts the US but many other nations around the globe.
The US President, Donald Trump thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for delivering the anti-Malaria drug saying, “Will never be forgotten”.
Trump then Tweeted, “Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you Prime Minister Narendra Modi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!”.
India-US ties have bettered considerably in the recent years with the two countries now seen as ‘engaged democracies’ as opposed to ‘estranged democracies’, known as in the Cold War years.