New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden on Monday evening. PM Modi tweeted saying he had a fruitful conversation with President Biden and thanked him for supporting India in its fight against COVID-19.Also Read - Time To Wear Mask At Home; Treat Everyone With Symptoms As COVID Patients & Isolate: Govt

“Had a fruitful conversation with @POTUS @JoeBiden today. We discussed the evolving COVID situation in both countries in detail. I thanked President Biden for the support being provided by the United States to India,” PM Modi said in a tweet. Also Read - 'Just as India Sent Assistance to US...', Biden, Harris Assure Support in Fight Against COVID-19

They discussed the importance of smooth and efficient supply chains of vaccine raw materials and medicines between India and the US. Also Read - Foreign Nations, EU Come Together To Help India In Battle Against COVID-19 Second Wave

“My discussion with @POTUS @JoeBiden also underscored the importance of smooth and efficient supply chains of vaccine raw materials and medicines. India-US healthcare partnership can address the global challenge of COVID-19,” PM Modi said in another tweet.

PM Modi and the US President underlined the potential of the India-US partnership in vaccine development and supply to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and directed their respective officials to maintain close coordination and cooperation in their efforts in this domain.

PM Modi also informed Biden about India’s initiative at the WTO for relaxation in the norms of the Agreement on TRIPS to ensure quick and affordable access to vaccines and medicines for developing countries. The two leaders agreed to remain in regular touch.

The US president and his Vice President Kamala Harris have assured India and its people of providing all assistance, including urgently sending necessary medical life-saving supplies and equipment, to help the country combat the deadly coronavirus crisis.

Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need, Biden said in a tweet.