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Biden says Quad leaders' vaccine initiative 'on track'

Modi told the Quad meeting the initiative would be a great help for countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Quad plan to supply a billion COVID-19 shots across Asia by the end of 2022 stalled after India, the world's largest vaccine producer, banned exports in April amid a massive COVID outbreak at home.

India has said it is ready to restart vaccine exports in the October quarter, prioritizing the COVAX international vaccine initiative and neighboring countries.

The Quad is expected to announce several new agreements, including one to bolster supply chain security for semiconductors and to combat illegal fishing and boost maritime domain awareness, a senior U.S. official said, referring to initiatives prompted by concerns about China. It will also roll out a 5G partnership and plans for monitoring climate change.

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