First US Plane With Covid-19 Emergency Supplies Arrives In Delhi

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India received the first Covid emergency aid supplies from the United States this morning as the country fights a deadly second wave that has strained the healthcare system. Over 3 lakh cases are getting added to the country’s caseload everyday for more than a week, and SOS messages for hospital beds and medical oxygen have flooded social media.

With more than 400 oxygen cylinders, nearly one million rapid coronavirus test kits, and other hospital equipment, a Super Galaxy military transporter landed at Delhi’s international airport this morning, news agency AFP reported.

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A Super Galaxy military transporter landed at Delhi’s international airport with relief materials.

In a tweet, the US Embassy shared pictures of the supplies and said: “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 (sic).” US officials said the special flights, which will also bring equipment donated by companies and individuals, will continue into next week.
 

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. #USIndiaDostipic.twitter.com/OpHn8ZMXrJ— U.S. Embassy India (@USAndIndia) April 30, 2021

In a tweet, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said healthcare partnership between India and the US can help effectively tackle the global pandemic. “A strategic partnership of global significance! Our healthcare partnership can help effectively tackle the global pandemic. Deeply appreciate gift of 423 oxygen cylinders with regulators and other medical supplies from the USA,” he said.


A strategic partnership of global significance! Our healthcare partnership can help effectively tackle the global pandemic. Deeply appreciate gift of 423 oxygen cylinders with regulators and other medical supplies from the U.S.A. pic.twitter.com/hKGOJ3UDsH— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) April 30, 2021

Earlier this week, US President Joe Biden pledged sustained support to India in its fight against Covid. “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,” Mr Biden said in a tweet.

The United States is “delivering supplies worth more than $100 million in the coming days to provide urgent relief to our partners in India,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday.

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