Posted : May 15 07:37 AM
Indian-American physicians appeal to White House, for release of vaccines to Ind
India is struggling with an unprecedented second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 400,000 daily new coronavirus cases being reported in the past few days, notes the American Association of Physicians of Indian-Origin (AAPI), appealing to the White House and the U.S. Congress to release Astra Zeneca vaccines to meet the critical shortage of medical supplies in that country, and counter the panic caused by the high morbidity.
The American Association of Physicians of Indian-Origin (AAPI), which represents nearly 100,000 Indian-origin doctors in the U.S., has been involved with various initiatives and projects to assist India over the last year.
While describing the current situation in India as “heart wrenching,” Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, president of AAPI said, “We at AAPI are determined to mobilize the massive medical help and support, that India needs at this hour. Any further spread of such toxic material around the globe can only be apocalyptical, a specter that could be prevented now.”
“This is a crisis of the century and India has a dire healthcare situation,” Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, senior advisor to AAPI, said. “Our letter to President Biden and U.S. Congress urges that United States send any excess vaccines to India, and remove the patent so that India can have the much-needed vaccines manufactured in the country, is critical. India also needs lots of oxygen concentrators, PPEs and other medical supplies. We appreciate President Biden for what help has been extended to India so far,” Dr. Parikh added.
“We urge the US government to release and send at least 30 million doses of the (AstraZeneca) vaccine to India,” said Dr. Sampat Shivangi, member National Advisory Council, SAMHSA, Center for National Mental Health Services, Washington DC and currently serving as AAPI’s Legislative Wing chairman.