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And these were the main developments in the past 24 hours:
US president Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific policy chief said he was “relatively confident” a target for the production of a billion vaccine doses for the region by the end of 2022 would be met, despite the Covid-19 crisis in India, where they are due to be made.
Asked at an event hosted by the Center for a New American Security think tank if he expected a delay in the four-nation plan, Kurt Campbell said Washington had been in close consultation with India and others involved in the project, Reuters reports.
“Obviously, this is an extremely difficult period for Indian friends. The United States has tried to stand with Delhi and to bring others, both in the private and public sector, to support them,” he said.
“Our discussions with both our…