International community extends support to India amid COVID-19 crisis


New Delhi: A host of countries have come to India’s support as it battles the COVID-19 crisis. More than 3 lakh cases have been reported on a daily basis in the country. Indian missions globally are doing the heavy lifting while many private Indian players are also pitching in. India’s allies like the US, UAE, UK, France, and others have come in full support of New Delhi. Here is the list of all the countries that are extending assistance to India.
         
Singapore
4 oxygen containers were brought by Indian Air Force on Saturday. 7,511 oxygen concentrators, 516 BiPAP machines will be brought from the country, of which 500 BiPAPs, 250 oxygen concentrators have already been brought. Singapore’s embassy in a tweet said, “We will fight this together”.

United Arab Emirates          

Indian Air force airlifted 7 empty cryogenic oxygen containers from the West Asian country. UAE FM Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan spoke to Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Saturday expressing his solidarity with India. EAM in a tweet said, “As always, deeply value good wishes and international cooperation.” Well-known buildings in UAE like the Burj Khalifa, ADNOC were lit up in colors of Indian flag with #staystrongIndia message.

United Kingdon
The UK announced that it will send 600 pieces which include ventilators and oxygen concentrator devices to India. The first batch reaches Tuesday morning. Nine airline container loads of supplies, including 495 oxygen concentrators, that can extract oxygen from the air, 120 non-invasive ventilators, and 20 manual ventilators reach India this week. UK PM, Foreign, Health Secretary, Envoy made public comments in solidarity with the people of India. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson 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.”

United States  
In a major development, the US has agreed to provide specific raw material for Indian Covishield vaccine manufacturers. The development comes after the Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and American National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke to each other. US will be supplying therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits, ventilators, & PPE, oxygen generators, deploy an expert team of health advisors from CDC & USAID. Already brought more than 300 O2 Concentrators have been brought by Air India from New York. Tweets by President, Vice President, Defence Secy,  Surgeon General, Deputy Secy of the state as a show of support for India were made. Biden tweeted, “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.”

France

The French presidency has said that will provide India “significant” oxygen support and is working on the delivery of high-performance oxygen generator units as well as some other equipment. President Emmanuel Macron was the first world leader to send a message of public solidarity. He said, “I want to send a message of solidarity to the Indian people, facing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. France is with you in this struggle, which spares no one. We stand ready to provide our support.”

European Union
European Union, over the weekend activated its “civil protection mechanism” Janez Lenarčič European Commissioner for Crisis Management in a tweet said, “EU will do its utmost to mobilize assistance to support people of India”.

President of the European commission Ursula von der Leyen seconded him saying, “EU is pooling resources”

The matter came up during a discussion between Margrethe Vestager Executive Vice-President of the European Commission and EAM.

Denmark
The Nordic country is extending support to India. Denmark’s envoy to Delhi Freddy Svane , “We are working closely with MEA to assist India with whatever is required. That’s what friends are about”

Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday announced that her country is preparing urgent support for India. German armed forces will give India oxygen generators, smaller units from the German private sector will also be sent. Cooperation between German top medical institute Robert Koch Institute (RKI)with Indian institutions to support on sequencing of viral loads is on the anvil. Armed Forces Medical Services or AFMS will be importing 23 mobile oxygen generation plants from Germany. These plants will be deployed in AFMS hospitals catering to COVID patients. From Germany, containers are also being imported.

Saudi Arabia
80 metric tonnes of oxygen procured from the country in cooperation with Adani and Linde and the Indian high commission.

China
The country has offered to provide assistance. Chinese embassy spokesperson in Delhi told WION, “talks and discussions are ongoing” with the Indian side

Hong Kong
800 oxygen concentrators were airlifted for SpiceHealth, a healthcare company founded by the promoters of SpiceJet.

Pakistan
Has offered to provide relief support to India including ventilators, Bi PAP, digital X ray machines, PPEs and related items. Pakistani PM Imran Khan, Foreign minister SM Qureshi extended support to India. It’s well-known NGO Edhi Foundation has written to PM Modi and has offered to send ambulances. Spontaneous support by Pakistani society, especially on social media was seen with a lot of positive trends.

Iran
Iran Health Minister Dr Saeed Namaki wrote to the Indian Health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. Said, “The government and people of Iran are ready to spare no technical assistance, expertise and equipment in these difficult days and at the height of the plight of the dear citizens of India with the COVID-19 epidemic.”

Japan
Under its grant assistance, oxygen generators will be provided with a procurement process still underway. Prime Minister Modi also thanked Prime Minister Suga for providing assistance to India for combating the pandemic during Monday’s call.

Russia
Support offered. Remdesivir being mulled to sent.

Australia
Australian Cabinet to meet tomorrow morning and could announce support for India. Australian PM Scott Morrison in tweet said, “Australia stands with our friends in India as it manages a difficult second COVID-19 wave. We know how strong and resilient the Indian nation is @narendramodi and I will keep working in partnership on this global challenge.”

Canada
Offered to send assistance. Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs tweeted, “Our thoughts are with the people of India as they face a devastating new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada stands ready to assist and has reached out to Indian authorities to determine how Canada can best support India in its time of need.” 

Afghanistan
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, foreign minister Atmar and envoy to India Farid Mamundzay all tweeted and showed solidarity for India. Afghan President tweeted, “Our hearts go out to the Indian people & government as they fight the horrendous outbreak of COVID. On behalf of the Afghan people & government, we send our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones & wish a quick recovery to those who are suffering from the virus.”

Bhutan
Bhutan’s FM tweeted, “Our deepest prayers and complete solidarity to the government and people of India in this most difficult period of the pandemic. Praying and hoping for quick relief and recovery.”

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