Global support floods in as country battles second wave of COVID-19 pandemic
Friendly Nations of India Offer Help & nbsp
- The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and most countries around the world are still battling it
- Currently, India is battling the second wave of the disease caused by the coronavirus and is struggling to treat its sick citizens as logistics and other issues plague the health sector.
- To help India emerge from the crisis, several friendly countries have offered to help. The Indians are, to put it simply, very affected.
New Delhi: As India battles an unprecedented deadly wave of infections caused by coronaviruses, the world is working to help the country fight it better.
Global support is pouring in as India grapples with second wave of coronavirus infection and hospitals in several states suffer from shortages of medical oxygen and beds due to increase in COVID cases -19.
India’s “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (The World is One Big Family) policy is making a comeback as various countries rush to contribute in their own way, playing different roles as the pandemic escalates.
According to the Reuters report, officials in India and the United States are engaged at various levels to ensure “a small supply of inputs and components to American companies for the production of COVID-19 vaccines in India.” This contribution comes from a spokesperson for the Indian Embassy in Washington who spoke with Reuters.
Meanwhile, a White House spokesperson by email told Reuters that the United States is deeply concerned about a massive increase in coronavirus cases in India and plans to quickly deploy additional support to the Indian government and the Indian communities. health workers.
“We are in active conversations at high levels and plan to rapidly deploy additional support to the Indian government and Indian health workers as they combat this latest serious outbreak. We will have more to share very soon,” the said. spokesperson to Reuters by email.
ABC.com reports that the United States is also immediately sending the following items to India to help treat patients with COVID-19 and for frontline health workers in India:
- PPE kits,
- rapid diagnostic test kits and
The United States is also sending raw material for Covishield (the AstraZeneca vaccine being made in India) which had so far been banned by US trade authorities.
The US Development Finance Corporation will also help expand the capacity of BioE, the Indian vaccine maker, to help produce more life-saving vaccines.
The U.S. government is also considering deploying an expert team of public health advisers from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and USAID to work closely with the U.S. Embassy, health departments of India and the staff of the Indian Epidemic Intelligence Service. “
The American Chamber of Commerce and Dr Ashish Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, have called on the Biden administration to send stocks of unused vaccine to India and other countries, reports the ABC website .
“The United States has by some estimates at least 30 million unused doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that the FDA has yet to clear,” Jha wrote in a Washington Post op-ed on Saturday.
Vaccine sharing with India was raised during a White House briefing on COVID-19 on Friday and senior health officials said the option was under consideration.
Britain said on Sunday it was sending more than 600 medical devices, including oxygen concentrators and ventilators, to India to help the country as it struggles to cope with an increase in coronavirus cases, Reuters reports.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said vital medical equipment, including hundreds of oxygen concentrators and ventilators, is now en route from the UK to India to support efforts to prevent the ‘tragic loss Of human lives due to the “terrible virus”.
“We stand side by side with India as a friend and partner during what is a time of deep concern in the fight against COVID-19,” Johnson said in a statement issued by the high commission.
Meanwhile, 23 oxygen production plants are on their way to India from Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday her government was “urgently” preparing a “support mission” to India as it battles a massive spike in coronavirus cases that has triggered a severe shortage of medical oxygen in several states. Merkel also indicated that Germany stands in solidarity with India in the “common fight” against the pandemic. “To the Indian people, I would like 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 preparing to urgently a support mission, ”said Merkel.
France has offered its support to increase the oxygen crisis. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his solidarity with India on Friday and offered him the support of his country. “I want to send a message of solidarity to the Indian people, in the face of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. France is with you in this fight, which spares no one. We are ready to provide our support,” said Macron .
Former Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, whose medical father Ashok Varadkar is from India, has decided to remind his fellow Irish citizens and the EU of the large number of Indians who work in the medical services sector in these regions and the need to reach India quickly. . Leo Eric Varadkar is an Irish politician and physician from Fine Gael who has been Tánaist and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment since June 2020 and leader of Fine Gael since June 2017.
Russia is sending special planes with a wide range of COVID-related assistance, including oxygen generators and concentrators, as well as drugs needed to treat COVID-19. Russia is sending oxygen-generating equipment for a variety of purposes, ranging from use in single-family homes to nursing homes and hospitals, as well as pharmaceutical supplies of drugs like Favipiravir, which are used to treat milder versions. of COVID-19. However, Russia’s offer to send Remdesivir has encountered problems with US licensing laws cited by Remdesivir developer Gilead Sciences Inc., based in California.
“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 and medicine,” Janez Lenarcic wrote on Twitter.
Medical support to India from countries like Denmark, Israel, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the European Union started to arrive as New Delhi stood firm with the democratic world by providing medicines and vaccines. indispensable.
This tweet from famed Australian journalist Chloe Amanda Bailey sums up how the people of Down-Under view the Chinese-origin virus humanitarian crisis that was first reported in Wuhan on December 31, 2019. “Tomorrow, the Committee Government of Australia’s National Security Council to Meet to Discuss how Australia can help India during the Covid crisis, including sending ventilators and oxygen we have stored. Stay Strong in India . We will fight together. Jai Hind. “Bailey wrote with an Indian flag emoticon.
Pakistan has expressed its wish to help. Afghanistan too.
Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar said India has the prayers and support of all the nations it has generously helped with COVID-19 vaccines, PTI reports. “Our hearts and prayers go out to all the great people of India in this time of national struggle against Covid-19. India has the prayers and support of all the nations that it has generously helped with COVID vaccines. India will come out even stronger, ”he said.
Not just countries, even giant corporations or big tech like Google stepped in. Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted: “Devastated to see the worsening Covid crisis in India. Google and Googlers give funding of ₹ 135 to @GiveIndia, @UNICEF for medical supplies, organizations supporting high-risk communities and grants to help disseminate critical information. “