U.S., Japan and Australia to work with India on COVID-19 vaccine
Topics: U.S. JAPAN AUSTRALIA INDIA
Australia, India, Japan and the United States are members of an informal strategic forum known as the Quad that aims to counter China’s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region.
In a joint statement issued after the Quad’s first virtual summit on Friday, the member states said they were “working collaboratively to achieve expanded manufacturing of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines at facilities in India.”
U.S. President Joe Biden also attended the virtual meeting, along with the prime ministers of Australia, India and Japan and vowed to reinvigorate alliances in the face of growing worries about China.
The joint statement, issued in Washington by the White House, said that producing the vaccines in India would prioritize increased capacity for the vaccine. The Quad partners will also “address financing and logistical demands for production, procurement, and delivery of safe and effective vaccines,” the statement added.
Gavi, a partner in the UN vaccine initiative, announced last week that the vaccines it has arranged for free inoculation of 45 million people in Pakistan are also being manufactured in India. Reports in the U.S. media said the Quad initiative for making the vaccines in India would produce up to one billion doses by 2022.
Under the Quad plan, manufacturers in India would make the single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, backed by financial support from Japan, with Australia taking charge of shipments.
Quad partners are aiming to distribute the made-in India vaccines in Southeast Asia where China is already distributing its own version of the vaccine. ■