April 25 2021 In response to a worsening domestic outbreak, Indian officials have asked the United States for help, calling on the United States to liberalize the export of raw materials for Coronavirus vaccine. In response, a U.S. spokesman said the U.S. is focused on controlling the outbreak in the country, giving priority to vaccinating Americans.
The U.S. government’s indifference has angered Indians, who have reported a surge in anti-American and anti-Western sentiment on social media in recent days.
On social media, a growing number of Indians are criticizing the U.S. government for sitting on unused vaccine stockpiles and claiming to protect patents and turn a deaf ear to countries such as India and Brazil that have been plagued by the outbreak, the Times of India reported Thursday.
“Remember hydrochloroquine?” India has reached out to the U.S. when the former U.S. president has asked for it, even though its own people are not enough. It’s not enough to say nice things. 1.3 billion Indians will remember who stood idly by when they needed help. One Twitter user wrote.
“Indian Vice President Harris and her nieces will not urge the United States to help other countries during the outbreak. But they will sit in america and stand on the moral high ground and judge India and others! This is the human rights defender? Some netizens took aim at Mina Harris, Harris’s niece, who had tweeted criticism of the Indian government’s crackdown on farmers’ protests.
Another netizen listed the U.S. government’s recent unfriendly actions against India, “restricting the export of raw materials for vaccines, listing India as a currency manipulator, entering Indian waters without saying hello, and publishing negative reports about human and minority rights in India,” and asked, “Is that what allies do?” ”
The report says demand across the U.S. is stagnating or declining, with the U.S. sitting on a large number of vaccines, and the U.S. government’s position is to prioritize Americans. Including the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been phased out in Washington, the U.S. is expected to reach 300 million doses or more in July, according to a report by Duke University’s Center for Global Health Innovation.
To date, almost half of the world’s vaccine doses (48 per cent) have gone to high-income countries, which account for 16 per cent of the world’s population, undermining WHO efforts to prevent vaccine injustice.