The External Affairs Minister is expected to meet American manufacturers on commercial procurement of vaccine doses
TBM News Desk/Washington: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will travel to United States next week to discuss bilateral issues and smoothening Covid – 19 vaccines supply chain wrinkles that has significantly slowed down the vaccination drive in India.
The minister Jaishankar will meet UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York with India joining the UNSC as non – permanent member this year. He will also hold discussions with his counterpart Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington DC on vaccine production and procurement, Indo – Pacific, Afghanistan and Middle East flare up.
On the coronavirus front, Jaishankar will be engaged with the US administration to secure unused vaccines particularly Astra Zeneca as well from the 80 million stock-pile under control of the Biden administration. New Delhi is also looking at joint production of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine in collaboration with the US in India. The external affairs minister will also be talking to other US-based vaccine developers as part of interaction under the aegis of India-American Chambers of Commerce.