Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)
INTERNATIONAL AID POURS IN TO INDIA AS WORLD EXTENDS HELP
NEW DELHI: France and Ireland on Tuesday joined a growing list of countries that are rushing medical aid to help India tackle a severe shortage of oxygen, ventilators, medicines and other lifesaving equipment as the country battles the second, more severe wave of Covid-19.
French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday expressed solidarity with India and said that France will send eight oxygen generators along with ventilators and essential medical equipment. Ireland said it is sending 700 oxygen concentrators from its stockpile to back India’s Covid-19 response.
Meanwhile, the first shipment of Covid medical supplies from Britain to India, including 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators, arrived early Tuesday, the foreign ministry said. Foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted photos of the equipment being unloaded from a German Lufthansa aircraft in New Delhi, calling it “international cooperation at work”.
Britain is despatching more than 600 pieces of vital medical equipment.
After the high-level phone call between US President Joe Biden and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, a senior American administration official told reporters that the US is ready with a range of support and is prepared to immediately start deploying it. The US will dispatch a “strike team”, comprising public health experts, to India, the official added.
The strike team will work with Indian experts in areas such as laboratory services, surveillance and epidemiology and bioinformatics for sequencing of the disease, the official said.→p4