After supplying Hydroxychloroquine, Remdesivir and COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world for the past one year, the Indian government had last month sought assistance from other nations to tackle the second wave of the pandemic that continues to ravage the country.
The crippling shortage of oxygen and medical equipment nationwide is being met by humanitarian assistance from India's global allies in the form of oxygen generation systems, distribution equipment such as cryogenic tankers, industrial and personal oxygen cylinders and concentrators.
After daily cases remained above the three-lakh mark for 25 straight days in a row, India has seen cases dip below that level for the past three days. However, it continues to coordinate with other nations to receive crucial medical supplies. It is the first time in 16 years that India is accepting international aid.
We track each of the shipments carrying medical supplies, dozens of which have arrived by air or sea so far. Sent on the basis of bilateral aid, corporate donations and relief sent by Indian communities abroad, these are now a crucial part of India's fight against COVID-19. Figures updated as of 9 PM on May 14.
Initially: 300 oxygen concentrators, 1,500 oxygen cylinders
April 30: 440 oxygen cylinders and regulators, 9.6 lakh Rapid Diagnostic Tests and 1 lakh N95 masks
May 2: 9 lakh masks, 1.25 lakh vials of Remdesivir
May 4: 545 oxygen concentrators
May 5: An oxygen generating plant, over 2.8 lakh rapid testing kits, 81,000 vials of Remdesivir and other medical supplies.
Total till now: 10 lakh Rapid Diagnostic Tests, 545 oxygen Concentrators, 16 lakh N95 masks, 457 oxygen cylinders, 440 regulators, 220 pulse oximeters and 1 deployable oxygen concentration system
Yet to come: Oxygen concentrators, multiple large-scale oxygen generation units to support up to 20 patients each
Corporate donation: Gilead Sciences announced a donation of 4.5 lakh Remdesivir doses. Over 3.64 lakh vials have come so far.
April 27: 95 oxygen concentrators, 100 ventilators
April 29: 120 oxygen concentrators
April 30: 280 oxygen concentrators, 60 ventilators
May 3: 723 oxygen concentrators, 60 ventilators, 5 lakh antiviral face coverings
May 4: 900 cylinders of 46-litre capacity, 20 liquid oxygen bottle
May 9: Three 18-tonne oxygen generation units, each capable of producing 500 litres of oxygen per minute, enough for 50 people to use at a time, and 1,000 ventilators
Total till now: 2,008 oxygen concentrators, 1220 ventilators, 900 cylinders of 46-lakh capacity, 3 oxygen generation units
Corporate donation: British Oxygen Company announced a gift of 5,000 cylinders. 3,746 have touched down so far. (900 has been received by Indian Red Cross Society in Chennai, 75 has gone to Bihar Medical Services Corporation)
April 29: Oxygen concentrators, lung ventilation equipment, bedside monitors, medicines, including Coronavir, and other essential pharmaceutical items totalling 20 tonnes.
May 5: 20 oxygen concentrators, 75 ventilators, 150 bedside monitors and medicines totalling 22 tonnes
Total till now: Twenty plus oxygen concentrators, 75+ ventilators, 150+ bedside monitors, medicines
May 5: As many as 1,056 ventilators, 43 oxygen concentrators
May 15: 25,000 ventilators
Total till now: 26056 ventilators, 43 oxygen concentrators
May 7: At least 600 oxygen concentrators, 50 ventilators
April 28: Announced it will provide $10 million in humanitarian assistance to Red Cross Canada, to support Indian Red Cross during COVID-19 second wave
May 6: Announced provisioning of 1,450 oxygen concentrators for India
May 8: 50 ventilators, 25000 vials of Remdesivir
May 13: 300 ventilators
May 14: 500 ventilators from the provincial government of Ontario
Total till now : 850 ventilators, 25,000 vials of Remdesivir
Yet to come: 1450 oxygen concentrators
April 28: Up to 200 oxygen concentrators
After a call for support from India, the European Union has invoked the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which is coordinating between member nations to send aid to India. As of 12:30 PM on May 7, over 100 million euros worth of medical equipment and medication to India.
May 2: Eight hospital-level oxygen generators, each providing year-long oxygen for 250 beds, liquid oxygen for 2,000 patients for five days, 28 ventilators and equipment for ICUs, making up 28 tonnes.
May 1: Up to 120 ventilators
May 6,7: Two separate flights carrying a massive high-capacity oxygen production plant, set to reportedly produce 4 lakh litres of oxygen daily reaches India.
May 13: 176 ventilators
May 14: 223 ventilators, 25000 vials of Remdesivir & other medical equipment
Total till now: 296 ventilators, massive high capacity oxygen production plant.
Yet to come: More ventilators from various German states.
April 29: 700 oxygen concentrators, 365 ventilators
May 4: 548 oxygen concentrators, 365 ventilators, 2 oxygen generators, and other medical equipment.
Total till now: 1,248 oxygen concentrators, 730 ventilators, 2 oxygen generators and other medical equipment.
May 7: The first shipment of promised 449 ventilators, 100 oxygen concentrators & other medical supplies arrived.
May 14: 30000 vials of Remdesivir
May 6: Announced total shipments of 167 respirators and 121 oxygen concentrators, as well as consumables such as filters and face masks, amounting to 2 million euros.
May 10: Ten oxygen concentrators and 141 ventilators.
Yet to come: Oxygen concentrators, ventilators and medical supplies.
May 7: Up to 53 ventilators
April 30: Eighty oxygen concentrators and 75 oxygen cylinders
May 3: An oxygen production plant capable of supplying an entire hospital, 20 ventilators.
May 13: 30 oxygen concentrators, 2 ventilators and other medical equipment.
Total till now: 1 large oxygen production plant, 30 oxygen concentrators, 2 ventilators and other medical equipment.
May 14: 5500 vials of Remdesivir
May 8: As many as 1,900 oxygen cannulas, 396 oxygen cylinders.
May 11: Up to 58 ventilators
May 8: 500 oxygen cylinders
May 6: Hundred oxygen concentrators
May 2: 9,000 vials of Remdesivir
May 6: 1 million Euros allocated towards International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent's Emergency Appeal for India.
May 13: 324 oxygen cylinders
May 5: Allocates 75,000 Euros towards financial support for India via the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
May 13: 10 oxygen cylinders
Yet to come from other EU nations: 5,500 vials of Remdesivir and 20,000 litres of oxygen per week from Portugal and 120 ventilators from Sweden.
May 2: 151 oxygen concentrators
April 28: 256 oxygen cylinders of 47-litre capacity each
Total so far: 256 cylinders
May 10: INS Airavat arrived in Visakhapatnam carrying 8 cryogenic oxygen tanks, over 3500 oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment donated by the Indian community and Singaporean businesses.
DBS Bank had donated three cryogenic oxygen tanks of capacity approximately 20,000 litres each via the Singapore Red Cross to India. The bank is also partnering with Doctors For You and United Way Mumbai to support the setting up of a 300-bed oxygen-equipped facility in Mumbai, along with installation of mini oxygen plants, procurement of oxygen concentrators, and provision of medical personnel.
Singaporean internet company Sea Group donated 1,000 oxygen cylinders
May 2: 150 oxygen concentrators
May 12: 200 oxygen concentrators
May 1: 15 oxygen concentrators from the government, 15 from the Indian community.
May 8-9: 200 oxygen cylinder, 10 oxygen concentrators by government, 100 oxygen cylinders, 60 oxygen concentrators by the Indian community.
May 14: Two Indian Air Force C130 aircraft airlifted to Delhi 410 oxygen cylinders donated by the Indian community
Total till now: 200 oxygen cylinders, 25 oxygen concentrators
The Indian community in Thailand has donated till now 75 oxygen concentrators, 510 oxygen cylinders
May 9: 30 oxygen concentrators & 200 oxygen cylinders with regulators.
May 11: 200 oxygen concentrators and other medical equipment.
May 13: 10,000 rapid testing kits, 100 negative pressure carriers
Total till now: 230 oxygen concentrator, 200 cylinders, 10000 rapid testing kits, 100 negative pressure carriers
May 8: 100 oxygen concentrators
May 10: Announced plans to install oxygen generation plants in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura in association with UNDP India.
May 12: 100 oxygen concentrators
Total till now: 200 oxygen concentrators
Yet to come: 300 ventilators
May 14: 56 lakh masks/ respirators
May 5: Oxygen generators and concentrators
May 7: Three oxygen generation units with the capacity to meet oxygen needs of a 120-bed hospital, 360 oxygen concentrators.
May 9: 1,300 oxygen concentrators and over 400 respirators.
Total till now: 3+ oxygen generation units, 1,660+ oxygen concentrators, 400 respirators
April 29: 157 ventilators, 480 breathing machines and other medical supplies.
May 4: 7 cryogenic tankers filled with a total of 140 MTs of liquid medical oxygen.
May 11: 5 lakh Favipiravir tablets
May 14: 5 lakh Favipiravir tablets
Total till now: 157 ventilators, 480 breathing machines, 7 cryogenic tankers, 10 lakh Favipiravir tablets.
May 3: Ventilators, oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment and other medical assistance worth 300 tonnes.
May 10: 200 oxygen cylinders and 43 oxygen concentrators donated by the Indian community in Qatar reached Mangalore.
May 12: 232 oxygen cylinders of 42-litre and 50-litre capacity donated by the Indian community in Qatar reach Mumbai.
May 4: Up to 282 oxygen cylinders, 60 oxygen concentrators, ventilators and other medical supplies.
May 10: INS Kolkata arrives in New Mangalore port carrying 40 MT of liquid medical oxygen in two 27-tonne oxygen tankers. The Indian community in Kuwait sent 200 oxygen cylinders and 4 oxygen concentrators.
May 11: INS Kochi arrives in New Mangalore port carrying 3 ISO tankers with total 60 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen. The Indian community in Kuwait sent 800 Oxygen Cylinders, 2 Oxygen concentrators.
May 11: INS Tabar arrives in New Mangalore port carrying 40 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen. The Indian community in Kuwait sent 600 Oxygen Cylinders.
May 13: 200 oxygen concentrators, 40 ventilators & 4300 Remdesivir vials
May 15: Kuwaiti ship arrives at Nhava Sheva Mumbai with 3 semi-trailers of LMO (25 MT each) & 1000 oxygen cylinders on board.
Total till now: 7 fully filled oxygen tankers (average 20 MT), 3 semi trailers with 25 MT oxygen each, 260 oxygen concentrators, 40+ ventilators, 1282 oxygen cylinders, 4300 Remdesivir vials and other medical supplies.
The Indian community has sent 1600 oxygen cylinders and 6 oxygen concentrators
May 11: 36 ventilators, vital medicines & other medical equipment. 30 oxygen concentrators & 100 oxygen cylinders have been sent by the Indian community in Oman.
May 5: INS Talwar carried to Mangalore 2 cryogenic oxygen tankers filled with a total 40 MT of liquid oxygen.
May 10: 300 oxygen cylinders, 50 oxygen concentrators, 20 ventilators, 8,000 vials of Remdesivir & other medical equipment.
May 14: 60 oxygen concentrators, 1056 ventilators and other medical supplies
May 6: 10,000 vials of Remdesivir through the land border at Petrapole, West Bengal
Yet to come: Injectable anti-viral, oral antiviral medicines, 30,000 PPE kits, and several thousand zinc, calcium, Vitamin C and other tablets.
Yet to come: 40 MTs of liquid oxygen to Assam from a new plant being set up in the country’s Samdrup Jongkhar district.
Multiple nation efforts
May 12: Two cryogenic tankers arranged by France through French company Air Liquide Group and filled with a total 40 MT oxygen by Qatar government begins journey to India on INS Trikand.
Where are they headed?
The government does not give out daily data on how much each state or UT has received. On May 19, the Health Ministry said 12,874 oxygen concentrators, 15,801 oxygen cylinders, 19 Oxygen Generation Plants, more than 9,925 ventilators, Bi PAP and C PAP machines and more than 6.1 lakh Remdesivir vials received as global aid have been dispatched to states and UTs so far.
The health ministry had earlier clarified that 24 categories of items, numbering nearly 40 lakh, have been distributed to 38 institutions in different states. The following institutions (region-wise) have received the equipment as of May 4.
- Lady Hardinge Medical College
- Safdarjung Hospital
- Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital
- 2 hospitals in Moti Nagar & Pooth Kalan
- ITBP Noida
- NEIGRIHMS, Shillong
- RIMS, Imphal
- AIIMS Bathinda
- PGI Chandigarh
- DRDO Dehradun
- AIIMS Jhajjar
- AIIMS Rishikesh
- AIIMS Rae Bareli
- AIIMS Deoghar
- AIIMS Raipur
- AIIMS Bhubaneswar
- AIIMS Patna
- DRDO Patna
- AIIMS Kalyani
- DRDO Varanasi
- DRDO Lucknow
- District Hospital, Pilibhit
- AIIMS Jodhpur
- DRDO Dehradun
- DRDO Ahmedabad
- Govt. Satellite Hospital, Jaipur
- AIIMS Bhopal
Central institutions & PSUs
- AIIMS Mangalagiri
- AIIMS Bibinagar
- JIPMER Puducherry