June 19, 2021, 2:58 pm
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‘America first’: US denies India’s request to lift ban on raw material of COVID vaccine

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Days after Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla urged US President Joe Biden to lift the embargo on the export of staple needed to build up vaccine production in India, the US State Department has said that their first obligation is to require care of the wants of yank people. Amidst India witnessing a killer second wave of coronavirus infection, pressure has mounted on the Biden administration to ship vaccine shots, particularly those by AstraZeneca Plc, also as related staple to India.

Addressing press reporters in Washington DC earlier in the week , State Department spokesperson Ned Price has clearly asserted that the US was ‘first and foremost’ engaged in an ‘ambitious, effective and, so far, successful effort to vaccinate the American people.’ He added that it inistration’s had a ‘special responsibility’ to America, which has been hit hardest by the pandemic. Answering questions on lifting the embargo on vaccine import to India, he further said that the administration was doing ‘as very much like they can’ for other countries, but with consistency to their first obligation.