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Indian Americans in US Congress, tech organize COVID-19 aid to India

The White House said it would share up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine with other countries as soon as the next few weeks, but gave no details on which countries would receive them, or when.

April 27, 2021 / 08:25 AM IST
Image: @RoKhannaUSA/Facebook

Image: @RoKhannaUSA/Facebook

Some U.S. lawmakers and wealthy technology executives have joined forces to boost aid to India as it grapples with a severe spike in coronavirus infections, with a focus on ensuring aid is equally distributed across the country, a Congress member said.

U.S. Representative Ro Khanna, Democratic vice chair of the Congressional Caucus on India, told Reuters that Indian-American billionaire and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla, and other Indian-American tech executives at Google, IBM and Microsoft are working closely with the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on India.

The group is trying to match Indian hospitals and other facilities with supplies of oxygen and other urgently needed medical equipment, and pushing the White House to do more for India, the world's largest democracy, as a surge in infections overwhelms hospitals.

On Twitter, Khosla offered to fund the bulk import of oxygen and other supplies to India. Khanna said Khosla has offered to underwrite the initiative.