24 September 2021
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and thanked his country for being "a vital source" of COVID vaccines for the world and for announcing the decision to resume exports.
The South Asian country, which is the world's biggest maker of vaccines, announced earlier this week that it would resume exports to other nations after stopping in April to focus on inoculating its own population.
For his part, Modi thanked Harris and the Biden administration for its help during India's second wave of COVID this spring. Modi also credited Biden and Harris for making headway on the climate crisis. Harris, who has Indian roots, is the first woman and first Black and South Asian vice-president. Modi said she was like "family," and told Harris he is "completely confident" that under this administration's leadership, the U.S.-India "bilateral relationship will reach new heights."
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