The first emergency aid from the United States arrived in India as the country continued to reel under Covid 19 pandemic with more cases and deaths. A Super Galaxy military transporter from the US with over 400 oxygen cylinders reached the International Airport in Delhi.
The US also sent hospital equipment and nearly one million rapid Covid tests. The US help follows the talk the other day between Indian prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden.
Our friends in India stood by us earlier in the pandemic, and today we stand with them. We are providing emergency COVID-19 assistance, including life-saving oxygen equipment, therapeutics, and raw materials needed to produce more vaccines. pic.twitter.com/Y3J6slvi65
— Wendy R. Sherman (@DeputySecState) April 29, 2021
The White House had conveyed that they would do the needful for India to overcome the crisis that the country faced. They said that they would help to meet the urgent health needs of the Indian people.
The Super Galaxy military transporter flew in from the Travis military base in California. More flights with medical equipment from the United States are likely to continue into next week.
Apart from the US, about 40 countries have come forward to help India in the challenging situation.
Meanwhile, US Embassy India tweeted that the of several emergency COVID-19 relief shipments arrived in India. Building on over 70 years of cooperation, the United States stands with India as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic together
The first of several emergency COVID-19 relief shipments from the United States has arrived in India! Building on over 70 years of cooperation, the United States stands with India as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic together. #USIndiaDosti pic.twitter.com/OpHn8ZMXrJ
— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) April 30, 2021
Union Minister of Environment and Climate Change Prakash Javedkar tweeted with pictures of the first flight from the US.
The first of several emergency COVID-19 relief shipments from the United States, like Oxygen Concentrators, Oxygen Generation Units, Vaccine-Manufacturing Supplies, Rapid Diagnostic Tests etc. arrived in New Delhi today.#Unite2FightCorona pic.twitter.com/tGFrlYEYXo
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) April 30, 2021
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also took to the tweeter saying, “just as India came to our aid early in the pandemic, the US is committed to working urgently to provide assistance to India in its time of need. Today we are proud to deliver our first shipment of critical oxygen equipment, therapeutics and raw materials for vaccine production. “