India is going through a worst COVID situation right now, and in this time US on Thursday said that Covid-19 emergency supplies worth more than $100 million are en route to India to help tackle the second wave of the pandemic.
The Joe Biden administration is shipping 1,100 cylinders, 1,700 oxygen concentrators, 15 million N95 masks, 1 million testing kits and 20,000 treatment courses of Remdesivir to India.
The United States also has redirected its own order of AstraZeneca manufacturing supplies to India, which will allow it to make over 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
The shipments containing these emergency supplies are scheduled to arrive in the country late Thursday onwards, and will continue till the end of next week.
The additional assistance is also being given by US state governments, private companies, non-government organisations and thousands of Americans across the country for deliveries of oxygen-related equipment and essential supplies for Indian hospitals in order to support frontline healthcare workers.
A team of US experts will support these units and will be working hand-in-hand on the ground with Indian medical personnel.
Also the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) also announced that it has deployed 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators, donated by California, from Travis Air Force Base on the world’s largest military aircraft.
In addition, on this first flight, USAID will send 960,000 Rapid Diagnostic Tests to identify infections early to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19, and 100,000 N95 masks to protect India’s frontline health workers.
Meanwhile, India’s death toll from the infection surged past 200,000 on Wednesday, India facing shortages of hospital beds and medical oxygen. The last 24 hours brought 360,960 new cases for the world’s largest single-day total, taking India’s tally of infections to nearly 18 million.