US President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that the United States will donate ventilators to India to help the country fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Addressing the media, Mr. Trump said he is hopeful a COVID-19 vaccine would be available by the end of the year and announced he was appointing a former pharmaceutical executive to spearhead the effort under a project called “Operation Warp Speed”.
“I just got back a short while ago from India recently and we are working very much with India and we have a tremendous Indian population in the US and many of the people that you are talking about are working on the vaccine too. Great scientist and researchers,” he told reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House as he unveiled the massive effort to speed track the development of coronavirus vaccine.
“Yes. We are working very closely also with India,” Mr. Trump said responding to a question and described PM Modi as a “very good friend” of him.
“India has been so great and as you know your Prime Minister has been a very good friend of mine,” the US President said.
The US has seen the most number of cases and fatalities due to Covid-19. It has recorded more than 87,000 deaths and 14 lakh cases. India crossed China as the nation recorded over 81,500 cases with 2,6489 deaths due to Covid-19. Globally, more than 3 lakh people have died from the disease which originated in Wuhan, China.
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