Mumbai: The quad countries – India, the US, Japan and Australia – have pledged to donate over 1.2 billion coronavirus vaccines globally amid the COVID pandemic.
The Quadrant Group said in a joint statement that, as cited by the White House, the vaccine is funded by the Quad countries through COVAX in addition to doses. Also Read: Seeds Sown For A Stronger Friendship: PM To Biden At 1st In-Person Bilateral Meet
It said, “Covid remains a global crisis, the climate crisis has intensified, regional security has become more complex, all of our countries are being tested individually and together. But cooperation remains unshakeable.”
The Quad leaders also committed to better preparedness for future pandemics. “We will continue to coordinate health-protection efforts across the Indo-Pacific, and we will jointly conduct tabletop or exercise combating at least one pandemic in 2022,” he said. Also Read: India-US Relationship Can Solve Many Global Problems: Biden At Meet With PM Modi
“Japan, through the Bank for International Cooperation, will work with India to raise a massive investment of approximately $100 million in the health sector related to COVID-19, including vaccines and treatment drugs,” the statement said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday held the Quad leaders’ meeting. It was hosted by the US leader.