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COVID-19 2nd wave: These countries have offered to help India amid surge in cases

The White House said it was making vaccine-production material, therapeutics, tests, ventilators and protective equipment immediately available to India.

April 27, 2021 / 09:52 AM IST
 France, Germany and Canada have also pledged support to India. Representational image (Source: Reuters)

France, Germany and Canada have also pledged support to India. Representational image (Source: Reuters)

The United States and Britain rushed ventilators and vaccine materials to India on April 26 amid a massive surge in COVID-19 cases that has overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums across the country.

Besides, France, Germany and Canada have also pledged support to India, which reported 3,23,144 new infections and 2,771 deaths on April 27.

Take a look at all countries offering assistance to India in the fight against COVID-19:

Ireland

Ireland has joined a growing list of countries helping India tide over the coronavirus crisis as it announced sending 700 oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies to the country.

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"Ireland is sending 700 oxygen concentrators to India to help healthcare workers in providing timely aid to patients. The concentrators are expected to reach India by Wednesday early morning," it said.

Irish ambassador Brendan Ward said Ireland is in close contact with the Indian government and that it is looking at more assistance to India in dealing with the pandemic. "The situation in India is being followed closely in Ireland where there is now a large Indian community. Indian medical professionals are very important to our health system," he said.

Bhutan

Bhutan has said it will supply liquid oxygen to India from a new plant being set up in the country.

"Every day, forty metric tonnes of liquid oxygen produced by the Oxygen Plant will be exported to Assam using cryogenic tankers," said a statement from Indian Embassy in Bhutan.

United States

The United States will "immediately" make supplies of vaccine-production material, as well as therapeutics, tests, ventilators and protective equipment available to India as the South Asian giant battles a COVID-19 surge, the White House said on April 25.

The White House said it was making vaccine-production material, therapeutics, tests, ventilators and protective equipment immediately available to India. But it did not mention whether it would send any of the 30 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses it currently holds in surplus, sparking accusations of hoarding.

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United Kingdom

Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) had announced that following discussions with the government of India, more than 600 pieces of vital medical equipment will be sent to India to support the country in its fight against COVID-19.

The first of nine airline container-loads of supplies from the UK, including ventilators and oxygen concentrators, is set to arrive in India early on April 27, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, pledging the UK would do "all it can" to help.

Also read: US will share AstraZeneca vaccines with world

France

France announced that it is sending to India oxygen generators, liquid oxygen containers, ventilators and other medical supplies by air and sea to support the country in its fight against surging coronavirus cases.

The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs said it is carrying out an "exceptional solidarity mission" to assist Indian people following a call for support by French President Emmanuel Macron.

"France and India have always stood by each other's side in difficult times. This solidarity is at the core of our strategic partnership and the friendship between the Indian and the French peoples," it said.

Read: US President Joe Biden, VP Kamala Harris assure India of support in fight against COVID-19

Germany

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on April 25 said that it will send oxygen and medical aid to India in the coming days to help it tackle its COVID-19 crisis.

"The second wave is currently rolling over India with unprecedented power. It was right that we acted quickly to stop the entry of the new mutation in Germany," Maas told the Rheinische Post newspaper. Mass said Germany would do its utmost to help India overcome the emergency.

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Earlier, the European Commission activated its EU Civil Protection Mechanism and said it was seeking to send oxygen and medicine to India after receiving a request from New Delhi.

(With inputs from agencies)

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