Joe Biden, Kamala Harris express support for India amid COVID-19 crisis.
The world is starting to lend help aid to India’s Covid-19 crisis.
Canada Foreign Minister said, Our thoughts are with people of India as they face a devastating new wave of #COVID19 pandemic. Canada stands ready to assist & has reached out to Indian authorities to determine how Canada can best support India in its time of need: Marc Garneau, Canadian Foreign Min
Prime minister Scott Morrison says that his government is currently working with India’s to determine how it can assist. The two countries together with the US and Japan, are in a bloc called the Quad, that have pledged to supply a billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine across Asia.
China Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian says that Beijing is “ready to provide support and help according to India’s need.” Suspending old rivalries, they are currently in talks with Indian health officials.
Germany sent 23 mobile oxygen generation plants for use in military units tending to Covid-19 patients. They’re expected to arrive in India this week.
French president Emmanuel Macron has expressed readiness to support India through the crisis. Details of how and what he plans to offer have yet to be revealed.
Speaking on behalf of the EU, European Council president Charles Michel echoed Macron’s offer to help. He says they plan to discuss specifics during the India-EU Summit in Brussels on May 8.
The Pakistani government is sending medical equipment to its arch-rival. “As a gesture of solidarity with the people of India in the wake of the current wave of COVID-19, Pakistan has offered to provide relief support to India including ventilators, Bi PAP, digital X ray machines, PPEs, and related items,” a government spokesperson said in an April 25 statement.
Social welfare organization Edhi Foundation is also ready to send a fleet of 50 ambulancesmanned by Pakistani health professionals to help in India’s pandemic response. They are awaiting clearance from the Modi government.
The Saudi government sent 80 metric tons of liquid oxygen on April 24 via the Indian-owned shipping companies Adani Group and Linde. The first tanks are headed to the port of Mundra.
Singapore,the Indian Air Force picked up four cryogenic oxygen tanks donated by Singapore on April 24.
The UK rushed 140 ventilators and 495 oxygen generators to Delhi. Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to “stand side by side” with India as it struggles with its highest numbers of new daily coronavirus cases to date since the pandemic began. Following discussions with Indian ministers, the UK is sending a first shipment of supplies on Sunday – due to arrive in New Delhi in the early hours of Tuesday – with further shipments to follow. Prime minister Boris Johnson said that he’s “determined to make sure that the UK does everything it can to support the international community in the global fight against pandemic.”
United States of America
Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says the US is mulling sending “oxygen supplies, Covid-19 tests, drug treatments, and personal protective equipment.”
Health experts are also pushing the US to lift the ban on raw materials for vaccine production and redirect its stockpile of AstraZeneca doses to India. Bloomberg reports that the Biden administration is sitting on 20 million doses of the Oxford University developed drug, which has yet to be approved by health regulators. The US has also previously provided $5.9 million in Covid-19 relief to India.