India's coronavirus vaccine
leadership high on Quad summit
India's leadership in providing the Covid-19 vaccine will be high
on the agenda of the first Quad summit on Friday as the leaders of
the four countries look for ways to build the group as a
benevolent force for the region extending its role beyond the
strategic as they confront China's growing hard and soft powers.
"The leaders will discuss ongoing efforts to combat Covid-19
pandemic and explore opportunities for collaboration in ensuring
safe, equitable and affordable vaccines in the Indo-Pacific region,"
Modi's office said.
Adding a few more details, the Japanese news agency Kyodo in a
report from Washington quoting people familiar with the agenda,
said: "The leaders plan to announce financial support to boost
production capacity for vaccines in India, seen as part of efforts to
counter China's growing influence, which has been offering free
shots to countries in Southeast Asia and Africa."
Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India, Scott Morrison of
Australia and Yoshihide Suga of Japan, and US President Joe Biden
and Vice President Kamala Harris are to participate in Friday's
virtual summit. Read More