The US has finally confirmed that it will provide vaccine raw material to India. The United States has identified sources of specific raw material urgently required for the Indian manufacture of the Covishield vaccine.
The United States has identified supplies of therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will immediately be made available for India.
The United States also is pursuing options to provide oxygen generation and related supplies on an urgent basis. The US Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is funding a substantial expansion of manufacturing capability for BioE.
Vedanta-owned Sterlite copper smelting plant in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudihas been allowed to partially re-open for four months to produce oxygen.
The move comes as Tamil Nadu sees a surge in Covid cases.A government-appointed panel will monitor the functioning of the plant.
The decision was announced after an all-party meeting. In 2018, 17 anti-Sterlite protesters were shot dead in a police firing. Earlier, the Madras High Court had refused to allow permission to Vedanta.