Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (L) shakes hands with Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka during his arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on October 18, 2018. - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is on a three-day visit to India. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP) (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIA and the US are working together on combating the deadly coronavirus and collaboration is underway in the areas of diagnostics and therapeutics of the disease, said Indian envoy.

“In the present context of COVID-19 pandemic, close collaboration in the areas of diagnostics and therapeutics of the disease is underway,” India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu said.

“India and the US have had a long-standing productive partnership in the healthcare sector, especially between the research institutions and industries of both countries,” he said.

Under the existing bilateral collaboration in healthcare sector- the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in the US shared the important reagents with the Translational Health Science Technology Institute in Gurgaon, India.

Besides, India-based vendors of American companies are in touch with the Indian Council of Medical Research to engage and enhance the capabilities for COVID-19 test in India.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in US has helped India in implementing a surveillance system in 35 hospitals and 22 states for healthcare associated infections.

It has evaluated 346 laboratory facilities across the country to identify needs and trained more than 1,700 laboratorians on quality diagnostic testing/reporting of priority diseases.