UK and US to send aid to COVID-hit India | Ralph Lauren

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Britain and the United States will send medical gear and other aid to India to help the country as it battles a devastating COVID-19 crisis.

India has seen a massive surge in infections in recent days, with hospitals in the capital and across the country turning away patients after running out of medical oxygen and beds.

The US announced on Sunday it would immediately provide raw materials for COVID-19 vaccines, medical equipment and protective gear to help India.

President Joe Biden said the US is determined to help India after India assisted Americans early in the pandemic.

“Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need,” Biden said on Twitter.

Camera IconIndia is struggling to cope with an overwhelming surge in COVID-19 cases. Credit: AP

America will send resources to help India manufacture the Covishield vaccine along with therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits and ventilators.

Washington’s announcement came after Britain, France and Germany pledged aid over the weekend.

The UK is sending more than 600 medical devices including oxygen concentrators and ventilators.

Camera IconPeople drive up for the J&J vaccine at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Credit: AP

The equipment comes from Britain’s surplus stock and the first shipment was due to arrive in New Delhi early on Tuesday, the British foreign ministry said.

“We stand side by side with India as a friend and partner during what is a deeply concerning time in the fight against COVID-19,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

“We will continue to work closely with the Indian government during this difficult time and I’m determined to make sure that the UK does everything it can to support the international community in the global fight against pandemic.”

Indian health workers attend to a suspected COVID-19 positive patient.
Camera IconIndia is battling a record number of new coronavirus cases and shortages in oxygen supplies. Credit: EPA

The European Union also pledged to help India, activating its EU Civil Protection Mechanism as it seeks to send oxygen and medicine after a request from Delhi.

“Alarmed by the epidemiological situation in India. We are ready to support,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

“The EU executive is already coordinating with EU countries that are ready to provide urgently needed oxygen & medicine rapidly,” European Commission for humanitarian aid Janez Lenarcic wrote on Twitter.

India set a global record on Sunday for the highest number of coronavirus infections in a day with 349,691 cases. It was also the fourth straight day of record peaks in India.

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