Bill Shorten: We cannot abandon Australians in India, as we didn’t do elsewhere; for vaccine production ‘people before profits’ needed

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, April 30, 2021: Labor leader Bill Shorten today said, “we cannot abandon Australian’s in India, as we didn’t do elsewhere. They are sitting duck to COVID as the system there is overwhelmed.” Mr. Shorten was talking to the media at his Electorate Office in Moonee Ponds.

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He called upon the Scott Morrison government to bring the Australian’s in India home with all the precautions when they are here and extend more material support to India.

Answering a pointed question by South Asia Times (SAT) about the Carona vaccine patent issue, Mr. Shorten said once in a generation we should not just be looking after profits of multinationals and share our knowledge more widely. What we need to do is to put “people before profits”.

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About a global response to the Indian situation Mr. Shorten said, ” What happens in one country, is not happening in another country. This does not understand the nature of the virus and how you can beat it. You need to stamp out the virus everywhere.”

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