Know what US President Joe Biden said on first QUAD summit

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: March 15, 2021, 2:58 p.m.

Washington: US President Joe Biden is delighted with the first virtual summit-level meeting of the QUAD which took place last Friday, one of the most crucial foreign policy initiatives in the Indo-Pacific region.

When the reporters asked about the meeting, Biden said, “It went very well. Everyone seemed to like it a great deal.”

Biden along with his counterparts Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Scott Morison of Australia and Yoshihide Suga of Japan – during the virtual meet made history by getting together for the first-summit of the four-nation grouping which they considered as a “flexible group of like-minded partners”.

The major announcement related to Covid-19 vaccine has also been initiated during the virtual meet in order to battle Covid-19 in Indo-Pacific countries facing a shortage of vaccines. They clearly set up groups on coronavirus vaccines, climate and emerging technologies that set up mechanisms for long-term. They signed off on a joint statement plus a fact sheet.

The day after, they lent a piece of their opinions in the Washington Post portraying the virtual meeting held as a “spark of hope”.

They have described in detail, what they have done and what they are looking forward to do. They assured the rest of the world that they will “work with all those who share their goals.

According to the people involved in the planning and execution of the summit, the work began in early February as the respective nations continue to fight the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.

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“These last few weeks were complete madness and an unending series of meetings and exchange of notes and documents,” said one of those involved.

Negotiations and discussions have been conducted across the three continents during the different time slots. For Example –  7.51 am in New Delhi, 1.21 pm in Canberra and 11.21 am in Tokyo and 10.22 pm in Washington, DC.

A senior Biden administration official previewed the outcomes for reporters singled out the vaccine initiative and said, “historic, deliverable…unprecedented …complex…deeply strategically significant , and timely”.

India is going to try it’s best to produce an estimated billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of 2022 which will be financed by the US and Japan. The last mile of distribution will be funded by Australia. 

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