A lot has conspired since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and India has been struggling to sustain the crippling healthcare infrastructure in India. The nation’s current coronavirus situation has raised eyebrows across the globe.
Amid the rising Covid-19 cases, Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has reached out to US President Joe Biden, and other US government officials seeking help for India in its fight against the novel coronavirus. She mentioned that her heart breaks to see India’s current situation and highlighted that the US ordered about 550 million more vaccines than needed. Priyanka expressed her concerns over the lack of vaccines in India and highlighted, “the situation in my country is critical."
Appealing the government officials to 'share vaccines', Priyanka in her recent tweet wrote: "My heart breaks. India is suffering from COVID19 & the US has ordered 550M more vaccines than needed @POTUS @WHCOS @SecBlinken @JakeSullivan46 Thx for sharing AstraZeneca worldwide, but the situation in my country is critical."
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Priyanka’s tweet comes in the background of Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla’s appeal to US President Joe Biden to lift the embargo on the export of raw materials required to ramp up vaccine production in India. The US State Department denied the request and said that their first obligation is to take care of the requirements of the American people.
However, in a surprising turn of events, President Joe Biden's administration is reportedly "working round the clock" to immediately send India the raw material needed for making Covishield and other products needed in the fight against the COVID-19 surge overtaking the nation.
While Priyanka’s tweet wasn’t welcomed by a section of Twitteraties, Priyanka faced backlash over her delay in stating that it came in a tad too late.
Others criticised the star saying that she should not have waited to promote a vaccine campaign. "This tweet was required at least 2 weeks back. You shouldn’t have waited for #VaxLive campaign to tweet for your fellow countrymen," a Twitter user said.
The Coronavirus scare has triggered a demand for medical supplies, however, efforts are being from all quarters as the UK government on Sunday dispatched ventilators and oxygen concentrator devices to India to help the nation retain its grasp over the Covid-19 pandemic.