Indian-American Congressman assures help to India during Covid crisis

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Rep. Ami Bera, D-California, in a video April 7, 2020 on World Health Day. (Photo videograb Twitter)

Congressman Ami Bera, Democrat from California and a physician by training, said he will work to ensure assistance to India to fight the covid disaster.

Bera, who is the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation said he was heartbroken at the tragedy unfolding in India and the thousands of lives being lost every day to COVID-19.

Over the past several days, he said in a statement released April 26, 2021, he has spoken with U.S. Administration officials regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in India, and the steps the U.S. is taking to provide assistance.

“I applaud the Biden Administration for its decision to send urgently needed resources to help the Indian people, including raw materials necessary for vaccine development, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), rapid diagnostic testing, and oxygen-related supplies,” he said.

“I will continue to work with the Biden Administration and my colleagues in the U.S. Congress to ensure assistance reaches the people of India and impacted communities around the world,” Bera added.

“COVID-19 is a global virus that requires global cooperation, driven by American ingenuity and leadership. We have an important role to play in ensuring the virus is defeated not only in the U.S., but around the world,” Bera asserted.

Representative Bera is the longest serving Indian-American Member of Congress and also serves on the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans.

 

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