Today, IMPACT urges the Biden-Harris Administration to take swift action to support the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in India. Specifically, IMPACT asks that the White House lift the embargo on exporting vaccine raw materials, send the U.S.’s stockpile of approximately 40 million AstraZeneca vaccines to India, and provide critical medical supplies such as oxygen, dexamethasone, and PPE. These actions will save millions of lives and support ending the pandemic globally.
“This is not just a crisis for India, it’s a global crisis and India has become the epicenter. A global crisis requires a global response. If the U.S. does not act quickly, new COVID-19 variants will continue to spill over into countries across the globe and into our backyard. As the U.S. has done in the past, it must lead in this time of crisis and send immediate relief to India.” said Neil Makhija, Executive Director of IMPACT.
“By sending emergency medical supplies in addition to life-saving vaccines, the U.S. can help fight against this global public health and humanitarian crisis. The Biden-Harris Administration is uniquely poised to demonstrate America’s global leadership in the fight to end this pandemic.”
“Nearly half of the world’s new COVID-19 infections are happening in India. The U.S. must deploy its resources in a proportional matter that meets the needs of this massive global crisis.”
IMPACT is galvanizing the Indian diaspora in the United States to call on the White House to take these urgent actions and fight against COVID in India. With nearly 5 million Indian Americans in the U.S., nearly every family has relatives, friends, and loved ones across India suffering from this urgent health crisis.