‘Mobilize aid’: EU and Germany support India’s response to Covid-19

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The European Union (EU) and Germany said on Sunday they were mobilizing aid to support India’s response to Covid-19 following a huge rise in coronavirus infections which has expanded medical facilities across the country and resulted in oxygen shortages.

Janez Lenarčič, the EU’s crisis management commissioner, said the bloc’s Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC) was coordinating with member states to provide oxygen and medicine.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who caused a sensation in New Delhi last week with her criticism of India’s slowing vaccine exports, expressed solidarity in the “common fight” against Covid-19 and said her country was preparing a “support mission”. “.

India recorded more than 300,000 cases of Covid-19 for the fourth day in a row Sunday. The health ministry said 349,691 new infections had been detected across the country since Saturday, bringing the number of infections to nearly 17 million. The death toll has reached 192,000 dead.

Lenarčič, EU humanitarian aid officer and European emergency response coordinator, said the support was being provided in response to a request from India.

“At the request of #India for assistance, we activated the #EU Civil Protection Mechanism. the [EU] will do everything possible to mobilize assistance to support the [India]He tweeted.

“Our #ERCC is already coordinating [with] EU [member states] who are ready to provide urgently needed oxygen and medicines quickly, ”he said.

EU envoy Ugo Astuto said on Twitter that bloc member states would do their utmost to support India “at this difficult time”.

German Ambassador Walter Lindner posted a message from Merkel on Twitter outlining plans to support India.

“To the Indian people, I want to express my sympathy for the terrible suffering that Covid-19 has again caused in your communities. The fight against the pandemic is our common fight. Germany stands in solidarity with India and is urgently preparing a support mission, ”Merkel said in her message.

Linder also expressed his sympathy to the Indian people over the “terrible suffering” and expressed his solidarity.

People familiar with the developments said on condition of anonymity that details of the aid to be provided by the EU and Germany were about to be worked out and a clearer picture would be available from here. Monday.

Since Saturday, Indian military planes and ships have been used to transport special oxygen tanks, cylinders and liquid oxygen from countries such as Singapore and Saudi Arabia.

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