US racing to send aid to India as COVID-19 cases soar. It is sending supplies worth more than $100 million in coming days.
Image Source: The Indian Express India is buckling under the ferocious second wave of Coronavirus and the death toll has surpassed a grim milestone of 200,000, worsened by shortages of hospital beds, and oxygen. The spike rise in covid cases in India has led to worldwide support. After a telephonic conversation between both the leaders, Biden pledged to help India amid a worsening crisis.
The White House on Wednesday said that the United States is sending supplies worth more than $100 million to help covid ravaged India. The shipments would include 1000 refillable oxygen cylinders and 1700 concentrators that produce oxygen for the patients from the air.
US Agency for International Development said, the first shipment will arrive on Thursday, New Delhi in a military plane and it includes 440 oxygen cylinders donated by California, and USAID sent 960,000 rapid tests, which will help identification of covid in 15 minutes and would help the community prevent the spread of covid-19 and 10,0000 N95 masks for the frontline worker.
Besides the supplies, the US redirected its own order of AstraZeneca manufacturing supplies to India, which will allow making over 20 million doses of covid-19 vaccine. Along with this, the White House is providing the first tranche of a planned 20,000 treatment courses of the antiviral drug remdesivir to help treat hospitalized patients. Further, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has locally bought oxygen cylinders and will deliver them to support the hospital system in coordination with the Government of India. The experts have worked with India’s experts in the areas of laboratory, surveillance, and epidemiology, bioinformatics for genomic sequencing and modeling, infection prevention and control, vaccine rollout, and risk communication.
“Just as India sent help to the United States when our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in its time of need,” the White House said in a fact sheet outlining the aid.