India, United States agree to work towards increasing COVID-19 vaccine availability and saving lives

Commerce and Industry Minister, Piyush Goyal held a virtual meeting with US Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai, and discussed measures to enhance COVID-19 vaccine production. The meeting that took place yesterday focused on increasing vaccine availability in an inclusive and equitable manner to combat the global pandemic caused by Covid-19. The proposal of India on waiver of certain Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights provisions to increase global vaccine production to take on the challenges of vaccinating the poorest of the poor and saving lives were also discussed. Mr Goyal mentioned that the supply chains for the vaccine manufacturers must be kept open and unbridled as the entire world is in dire need of vaccines. Both sides agreed to work towards the common resolve of increasing vaccine availability and saving lives.


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