India reliable partner of US, working on at least 3 COVID-19 vaccines: Ambassador Sandhu

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: May 10, 2020, 10.56 AM(IST)

Indian envoy to United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Photograph:( WION )

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The Indian and American pharmaceutical companies are currently working together on at least three possible vaccines to fight the coronavirus, India Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, he told.

Indian Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Saturday said that India is a "reliable partner" to the US and has been able to fulfil whatever assistance Washington has required.

"Both International Centre for Medical Education and Research (ICMER) and here the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have been collaborating for years. There is close cooperation exchange of information. Plus, as I said, collaboration, the at least three vaccines, on which Indian companies, and the United States companies are working together," Sandhu said.

The Indian and American pharmaceutical companies are currently working together on at least three possible vaccines to fight the coronavirus, India Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, he told.

About two or three years back the ICMR and the CDC had together developed a vaccine for another virus, named the rotavirus, he said.

"It has helped not only India but the United States as well along with many other countries," Sandhu said.

The US and India have been closely cooperating during COVID-19 crisis and are providing all possible assistance to each other. The leaders of the two countries are in regular touch since the outbreak on the virus.

The US has provided almost USD 5.9 million towards health assistance to India to curb the spread of COVID-19.

India also exported a consignment of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets to the US, last month, after a request by President Donald Trump. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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