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Several countries have continued to reach out and help India as it struggles against a harsh and fast-spreading coronavirus wave. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested that the U.S. is looking to extend its help to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. 

Addressing members of the White House Foreign Press Group in a virtual press conference call on Wednesday, Psaki said, “To date, the United States has provided over $500 million in Covid relief to India, including contributions from the US federal and state governments, American companies and organisations and private citizens.” 

Other South Asian countries that have been impacted by COVID-19 pandemic may also be helped by the Biden administration, as it currently continues to work out details. She added, “We’ve sent seven air shipments, including health supplies, oxygen, oxygen supplies, and 95 masks, rapid diagnostic tests and medicine”. 80 million vaccines may be sent out to help other countries. 

“In terms of the 80 million doses, we know there’s a great deal of interest in this understandably 60 million of AstraZeneca and 20 million of three other approved vaccines. Right now, it is working through an interagency process.” 

The vaccination distribution is being discussed by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and those from the State Department. 
 

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