Tue Apr 20th, 2021 at 12:51:44 PM EST
The outrageous Defense Production Act still blocking necessary raw materials for Indian Serum Institute COVID-19 vaccine production. Have you no shame?
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Shortage of vaccine raw materials, SII CEO to Biden: End export embargo
Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla Friday urged US President Joe Biden to lift the embargo on export of raw materials needed to ramp up production of Covishield and Covovax, the Covid-19 vaccines it is making in India.
In a Twitter post, tagging the US President, Poonawalla said: "Respected @POTUS, if we are to truly unite in beating this virus, on behalf of the vaccine industry outside the U.S., I humbly request you to lift the embargo of raw material exports out of the U.S. so that vaccine production can ramp up. Your administration has the details."
Indian government officials have raised the issue with their US counterparts in Delhi and Washington DC to allow ingredients crucial for vaccine manufacturing. Taranjit Sandhu, India's ambassador to the US, has flagged the issue to officials in the US administration.
India's Covid-19 crisis has gone from bad to catastrophic in just a fortnight
In just two weeks, India's second wave of Covid-19 has become disastrous.
The country, which was reporting less than 15,000 cases a day just last month, has been seeing over 200,000 Covid-19 infections a day since April 15. Yesterday (April 19), India reported 273,810 new Covid-19 infections and 1,619 deaths--both highest single-day spikes. That takes the active Covid-19 caseload tally up to nearly 2 million.
The current wave started in the western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat and has now engulfed almost the entire country.
Delhi, for instance, had only around 2,800 new infections on April 1, and active infections stood at 10,498. Yesterday, it recorded 25,462 infections and an active caseload of 74,941. That amounts to a 900% increase in new infections and a 700% increase in active cases in just 18 days.
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