The US is in talks with its “friends”, including India, for restructuring the global supply chains, Secretary of State Pompeo has said, as he praised New Delhi for lifting the export ban on critical medical supplies to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has infected over 3,193,960 people and claimed more than 227,640 lives across the globe. The US is the worst-hit with 1,039,909 cases and 60,967 deaths — the highest in the world. The virus has impacted global supply chains with countries forced to impose strict travel and movement restrictions.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Pompeo said, “We’re working with our friends in Australia, India and Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, and Vietnam to share information and best practices as we begin to move the global economy forward.”

Our conversation certainly involved global supply chains, keeping them running smoothly, getting our economies back to full strength and thinking about how we restructure the supply change chains to prevent something like this from ever happening again,” he said.

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