Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas on Tuesday said the COVID-19 situation in India was “critical” and asked the US government to “urgently share” vaccines with India. Emphasizing that the US ordered 550 million more vaccines than they require, she tweeted, “My heart breaks. India is suffering from COVID19 & the US has ordered 550M more vaccines than needed @POTUS @WHCOS @SecBlinken @JakeSullivan46 Thx for sharing AstraZeneca worldwide, but the situation in my country is critical.Will you urgently share vaccines w/ India? #vaxlive.”
My heart breaks. India is suffering from COVID19 & the US has ordered 550M more vaccines than needed @POTUS @WHCOS @SecBlinken @JakeSullivan46 Thx for sharing AstraZeneca worldwide, but the situation in my country is critical. Will you urgently share vaccines w/ India?
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 26, 2021
However, Priyanka’s post was flooded with responses that her tweet came too late. One wrote, “This tweet was required Atleast 2 weeks back. You shouldn’t have waited for #VaxLive campaign to tweet for your fellow countrymen.” Another one commented, “Good morning. US already agreed to supply the raw materials for vaccine development. This should have been posted yesterday.”
Nonetheless, there were many who lauded Priyanka for her “courage”. “So proud of you Queen for having the guts to talk about such important issue we are facing currently,” one fan wrote.The Quantico actor had joined hands with UNICEF to encourage vaccination, and ‘create a safer and healthier future’.
Last week, Priyanka sent “virtual hugs” for her fans as she posted a picture of her along with her dog Gino.
According to latest developments, the United States will provide emergency assistance to India, including vaccine materials and oxygen-related supplies. Biden affirmed his intentions to help India in a tweet, and wrote, “Today, I spoke with Prime Minister @narendramodi and pledged America’s full support to provide emergency assistance and resources in the fight against COVID-19. India was there for us, and we will be there for them.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Biden for the support and said that the duo discussed the ‘importance of smooth and efficient supply chains of vaccine raw materials and medicines’. Earlier Washington had faced criticism for its reluctance to lift the freeze on export for vaccine raw materials.
Some celebrities like Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, and Shahid Kapoor have started using their platform to amplify resources. Alia Bhatt announced that she joined hands with journalist Faye D’Souza to help those in need and do her bit to ‘identity and amplify relevant information’. “I’m happy to be working along with Faye D’Souza, who is helping us to identify the information and both of us will amplify in whatever best way we can. We hope this helps. Take care. Stay safe. #Circle0fHope,” she wrote in a statement.
Meanwhile, speaking on the professional front, Priyanka is currently shooting for the spy series Citadel, which also features Richard Madden. The project is backed by Amazon and executive produced by the Russo Brothers.
She has already completed shooting Text for You alongside Sam Heughan, Celine Dion, Russell Tovey, and Omid Djalili. Priyanka also has an Indian wedding comedy with Mindy Kaling, which she is co-producing, and will also be featuring in.
Priyanka also has Matrix 4 and a film based on the life of Ma Anand Sheela in the pipeline.