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US assembles 'strike team' to combat variant surge in India

Biden, Blinken and Campbell welcome private sector's help as new cases top 350,000

People wearing protective face masks wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai on April 26.   © Reuters

NEW YORK/NEW DELHI -- President Joe Biden and his closest aides scrambled to mobilize the U.S. government Monday to offer aid to India, the Quad partner struggling to contain the world's worst coronavirus outbreak as measured by daily new cases.

The U.S. will deploy a "strike team" of public health experts as well as such medical resources as vaccine materials to India, senior Biden administration officials told reporters on a call.

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