PM Modi says more power to India-US friendship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed the India-US relation, hours after American president Donald Trump announced that his country will donate ventilators to India, essential to treat those severely infected with covid-19.

“This pandemic is being fought collectively by all of us. In such times, it’s always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make our world healthier and free from covid-19. More power to 🇮🇳 – 🇺🇸 friendship!,” Modi said in a Twitter post.

Late on Friday, Trump had said the US was working with India to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. He had also praised Indian-American scientists and researchers.

The US will donate ventilators to India in its fight against the “invisible enemy”, Trump had said on Twitter.

“I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and Narendra Modi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy,” said Trump in his tweet.

While talking to reporters earlier on Friday, Trump said he was hopeful of a breakthrough by the end of this year. He also announced the appointment of a former pharmaceutical executive to spearhead project, ‘Operation Warp Speed’.

The US has the highest number of covid-19 cases in the world, at over 1.4 million. Meanwhile, with more than 85,000 cases now, India has surpassed China’s tally.

“I just got back a short while ago from India recently and we are working very much with India and we have a tremendous Indian population in the US and many of the people that you are talking about are working on the vaccine too. Great scientist and researchers,” Trump told reporters at Rose Garden, White House, after unveiling massive effort to fast track the development of coronavirus vaccine before the year end.

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