The EU, US and Denmark have extended their support to India, with the UK sending more than 600 life-saving medical equipment to deal with the surge in covid cases. The 600 pieces include ventilators and oxygen concentrators sent from the UK today and will arrive in India early Tuesday morning.
“We are side by side with India,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, “as a friend and partner during a time of deep concern in the fight against Covid-19”, adding: “Vital medical equipment , including hundreds of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, is now en route from the UK to India to support efforts to prevent the tragic loss of life caused by this terrible virus. ”
In all, the UK will send nine air containers loaded with supplies, including 495 oxygen concentrators, capable of extracting oxygen from the air, 120 non-invasive ventilators and 20 manual ventilators this week.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “We are supporting our Indian friends with vital medical equipment at a difficult time for them in this pandemic.”
India has reported more than three lakh Covid cases in recent days, with cities like Delhi and Mumbai severely affected. Several hospitals in the nation’s capital sent out SOSs as oxygen supplies ran out, putting patients’ lives at risk.
Earlier today, the European Union announced that it was activating its “civil protection mechanism” to provide assistance to India such as oxygen and medicine. “At India’s request for assistance,” Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “We have activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (ERCC). The EU will do everything possible. its possible to mobilize assistance to support the people of India “.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen seconded this tweet: “The EU is pooling resources to respond swiftly to India’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. We are in full solidarity with the Indian people. ”
Other European countries like Denmark, France and Germany are also extending their support. Denmark’s envoy to Delhi, Freddy Svane, told WION: “We are working closely with the MEA to assist India in whatever is needed.
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Sunday that her country was preparing urgent support for India to deal with the ongoing Covid pandemic. She said: “To the Indian people, I want to express my sympathy for the terrible suffering COVID-19 has again caused to your communities. Germany stands in solidarity with India and is urgently preparing a support mission. ”
The medical services of the armed forces or AFMS will import 23 mobile oxygen production plants from Germany. These factories will be deployed in AFMS hospitals welcoming Covid patients. From Germany, containers are also imported.
After much criticism of not allowing the import of raw materials for the manufacture of anti-covid vaccines into India, senior U.S. government officials have also extended their support to India. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a tweet: “Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrific COVID-19 outbreak. We are working closely with our partners in the Indian government, and we will deploy quickly additional support for the Indian people and health heroes in India. ”
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, in a near-simultaneous tweet, said: “The United States is deeply concerned about the severe COVID outbreak in India. We are working around the clock to deploy more supplies and support to our friends and partners in India. they courageously fight this pandemic. More very soon. ”
The United States is expected to announce its support for India soon, although much attention remains on when it will lift the ban on the export of covid vaccine raw materials. India is the world’s largest vaccine producer, but manufacturing is hampered due to lack of raw materials.
Meanwhile, India’s neighbors Afghanistan and Iran have also lent their support to New Delhi. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Foreign Minister Atmar and Envoy to India Farid Mamundzay all tweeted and showed their solidarity with India. The President of Afghanistan said: “Our hearts are with the Indian people and government as they fight the appalling Covid epidemic. On behalf of the Afghan people and government, we extend our condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones and wish a speedy recovery. to those who suffer from the virus. ”
Iranian Minister of Health, Dr Saeed Namaki, in a letter to Indian Minister of Health, Dr Harsh Vardhan, expressed support, saying: “The Iranian government and people stand ready to spare no assistance. technique, expertise and equipment in these difficult days and at the height of the plight of dear citizens of India with the COVID-19 epidemic. ”
A large number of countries have extended their solidarity with India. These are China, Pakistan, Bhutan, Solvenie, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Singapore. So far India has been able to obtain four tankers from Singapore and liquid oxygen from Saudi Arabia. More drugs from Singapore will arrive tonight.