Quad Nations Meeting To Announce Financing To Boost India Vaccine Output

Quad Nations Meeting To Announce Financing To Boost India Vaccine Output

The summit will provide an opportunity to exchange views on contemporary challenges such as resilient supply chains, emerging and critical technologies, maritime security, and climate change, the ministry said in a statement.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, "It's the Indo-Pacific that'll now shape the destiny of the world in the 21st Century".

The Australia Prime Minister said the talks will also include plans to achieve net zero emission targets into the future as countries in the region move to a new energy economy.

The summit is also expected to establish a senior level Quad vaccine expert group.

"A free and open Indo Pacific is essential to each of our futures", Mr Biden told the meeting from the White House.

The leaders of the Quad countries - the United States, Japan, Australia, and India - will be holding the first-ever summit on Friday and are likely to discuss coronavirus vaccines. "It will now remain an important pillar of stability in the region".

"That President Biden has made this one of his earliest multilateral engagements speaks to the importance we place on close cooperation with our allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific", she said.

Sources told Zee News that the Quad vaccine initiative will basically function as "vaccines developed in the U.S., manufactured in India, financed by Japan and USA, and supported by Australia" and will allow "new manufacturing capacity to be added" in India for exports to the Indo-Pacific region. The total vaccines India has sent, both as gift and commercial is at 585.30 lakh doses.

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The Liberals asked why the government thought it would be an adequate level of staff as well as who signed the contract and when. A further 9,051 people are under public health monitoring as a result of an identified exposure to a known case of COVID-19.

A key focus at the summit will be the vaccine initiative under which anti-Covid vaccines will be developed in the U.S., manufactured in India, financed by Japan and USA, and supported by Australia. The alliance is seen as integral to efforts to counteract China's growing influence in the region.

"In addition, working with all the countries in the Quad on delivery mechanisms, on issues associated with what we call "last mile capacity" that will allow these vaccines to be into the arms of the key people across Southeast Asia", the official said.

Another point of discussion during the meeting will be on securing rare earth metals that are essential to the production of electric auto motors and other products, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

A senior us official told Reuters Friday's Quad meeting will last about two hours, and lay the groundwork for an in-person meeting later in the year.

The financing agreements will be between the United States, Japan and others and focus particularly on companies and institutions in India manufacturing vaccines for American drugmakers Novavax Inc and Johnson & Johnson, the official, who did not want to be identified by name, said.

Japan said that Suga spoke separately Thursday to Modi and voiced alarm about China's "unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China Sea" as well as the status of rights in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. It was revived in 2017 as a buffer against Beijing.

He also said that the Quad was not focused exclusively on China. In November, the Quad nations came together to participate in a two-phase joint military exercise, Malabar 2020, in the Bay of Bengal and in the Arabian Sea.

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