"It's, of course, not only in our interest to see Americans vaccinated, it's in the interests of the rest of the world to see Americans vaccinated", he added. "And there is more we can do".
The US is also considering providing oxygen production options to India.
The raw material urgently required for the Indian manufacture of Covishield vaccine will immediately be made available to India, the White House said on Sunday local time.
The US had in February invoked the Defense Production Act, which helped American pharmaceutical firms procure the material they needed to augment vaccine production.More news: Biden set to declare atrocities committed against Armenia were genocide
But the reporter from a Western news service had in fact asked only about the raw materials.
The United States has around 30 million doses of the low-priced AstraZeneca vaccine that are not approved for use in the country, and Fauci told ABC's "This Week" news program the idea of sending them to India will be "something that is up for active consideration". "When will the administration decide on that?"
The export controls do not, in fact, come under the jurisdiction of the USTR which deals only with the matters of intellectual property rights.
The grim scenes out of India had fuelled a backlash against the United States, with celebrities, activists and experts calling for Washington to do more - including to lift an export ban on the raw materials that would allow India to make its own vaccine. A US State Ministry spokesperson said, "We will give priority to our citizens before fulfilling India's request". That campaign is well underway, and we're doing that for a couple of reasons."Number one, we have a special responsibility to the American people".
The number of cases across the country surged by a record daily rise of 349,691 on Sunday, for a total of 16.96 million cases, including 192,311 deaths, the health ministry said.More news: National advisory committee recommends AstraZeneca vaccine for people 30 and older
This comes after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Sullivan both expressed concerns over India's massive jump in Covid cases even as they vowed to "rapidly deploy additional support" to help India tide over this crisis. "That, in turn, poses a threat well beyond the United States".
"This is pathetic. Is this what the US' "leadership" in the climate crisis will look like?"
He cited the USA rejoining the World Health Organisation and Washington's contribution of $2 billion to the COVAX facility that provides vaccines to developing countries and the promise of $2 billion more to it. "We are ready to support", Von der Leyen said on Twitter. Interestingly, India's adversary China says it's ready to provide its neighbor with any kind of support.
The leaders of the Quad - Biden and Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India, Yoshihide Suga of Japan and Scott Morrison of Australia - had agreed at their summit last month on a joint programme to supply Covid-19 vaccines to countries in the Indo-Pacific.
Mr. Price noted that the United States had contributed $2 billion for the development of vaccines distributed through the Covax program, in use in India and elsewhere, and would soon double that amount.More news: Russia: Doctors denied access to ‘very weak’ Alexei Navalny