The first shipment of emergency relief materials from the United States arrived in India on Friday, as the nation continues to grapple with a second wave of coronavirus instances. A Super Galaxy army transporter plane carrying over 400 oxygen cylinders, 960,000 fast diagnostic exams, 100,000 N95 masks, and different essential medical tools landed at New Delhi International Airport this morning, AFP reported.
“The first of several emergency COVID-19 relief shipments from the United States has arrived in India! Building on over 70 years of cooperation, the United States stands with India as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic together. #USIndiaDosti,” the US Embassy tweeted.
The first of a number of emergency COVID-19 relief shipments from the United States has arrived in India! Building on over 70 years of cooperation, the United States stands with India as we combat the COVID-19 pandemic collectively. #USIndiaDosti pic.twitter.com/OpHn8ZMXrJ
— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) April 30, 2021
The first consignment of relief materials took off from the Travis army base in California after a dialogue between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Joe Biden. The Biden administration vowed to assist India in its effort to fight the latest surge in coronavirus instances.
“The United States is delivering supplies worth more than $100 million in the coming days to provide urgent relief to our partners in India,” State Department spokesman Ned Price stated on Thursday. The US is about to ship a quantity of planes carrying relief materials to India over the subsequent one week.
A PMO assertion stated that Modi and Biden mentioned the Covid-19 scenario in their respective international locations, together with India’s ongoing efforts to comprise the second wave via expedited vaccination, and guaranteeing provide of essential medicines, therapeutics and healthcare tools.
Today, I spoke with Prime Minister @narendramodi and pledged America’s full assist to supply emergency help and sources in the combat towards COVID-19. India was there for us, and we will likely be there for them.
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 26, 2021
Earlier, the White House had indicated that it will not carry a ban on the export of uncooked supplies wanted for the manufacturing of vaccines, in a significant setback for New Delhi. However, final Sunday, the US promised it will make uncooked supplies obtainable for India’s Covishield vaccine and would additionally ship tools like ventilators and oxygen era gear. “Just as India sent assistance 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 stated in a press release.