‘Hope There’s No Quid Pro Quo’: Is US Expecting Something in Return for COVID Aid to India?

The US said on Thursday that it would send medical relief worth more than $100 million to help COVID-ravaged India. But are ulterior motives at play?

Until last week, the US was against divesting itself of any of its much-needed store of vaccine components – as well as stock-piled jabs – in favour of India, which is reeling under a devastating second COVID-19 wave.

Several appeals by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and the Indian leadership, including External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, to lift the US export restrictions on the ingredients needed to make the vaccine fell on deaf ears. 

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