As India continues to grapple with a new surge of coronavirus cases, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that despite bipartisan criticism of their response, the Biden administration is "proud" of their aid efforts so far.
"In a crisis of this speed and ferocity, we always wish we could move faster and do more," Sullivan told "This Week" co-anchor Martha Raddatz.
"We're proud of what we've done so far which has included multiple plane loads -- and we're talking very large military plane loads of supplies -- including oxygen, including diverting raw materials for vaccines, including therapeutics that can help save lives, and we are continuing to work to source additional critical materials to move them as fast as we can," Sullivan said.
Sullivan added that the U.S. was concerned about the variants and spread of the virus, as well as "all of the secondary effects that emerge as this pandemic rages out of control in India."
President Joe Biden spoke with India's prime minister this past week, and "briefly discussed" the issue of waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-related products, vaccines, therapeutics, according to senior administration officials.
Sullivan said the administration is hopeful there would be movement on the issues in the near future.
"We believe that the pharmaceutical companies should be supplying at scale and add cost to the entire world so that there is no barrier to everyone getting vaccinated. Our ambassador, Katherine Tai, our U.S. trade representative, is engaged in intensive consultations at the WTO, to work through this issue, and we should have a way forward in the coming days," Sullivan said.
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