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Harris calls India 'critically important' to US, vowing more aid

Vice president speaks about family as daily COVID-19 cases reach new high

NEW YORK -- Vice President Kamala Harris vowed Friday that the U.S. would support India, the birthplace of her mother where she still has family, throughout the pandemic by suspending patents on COVID-19 vaccines and other measures as the South Asian nation saw daily infections shatter another record.

"As many of you know, generations of my family come from India. My mother was born and raised in India, and I have family members who live in India today," Harris said at an online event about COVID-19 relief efforts in India hosted by the U.S. State Department. "The welfare of India is critically important to the United States. The surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths in India is nothing short of heartbreaking."

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