India is coping with a record-breaking, dire outbreak of coronavirus that has overwhelmed hospitals and set up the crematorium was operating at full capacity.
On Monday, for the fifth day in a row, the country set a daily global record for new coronavirus infections, as new virus variants continued to spread.
The oxygen supply for life is in short supply and families who are self-transporting people who are sick with COVID-19 from one hospital to another to seek treatment.
India has ordered its armed forces to help deal with the growing infection as countries including the UK, Germany and the US pledge to send emergency medical aid.
India, with a population of 1.3 billion people, has an official total of 17.31 million infections and 195,123 deaths, although health experts say the number This could be even higher.
Here’s how the world responded:
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the first of nine cargo air containers from the UK, including ventilators and oxygen generators, would arrive in India as early as Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, pledging Wang Kingdom will do “all it can” to help.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the UK would use military aircraft or lease other planes to deliver Indian supplies to help the country “in time of need”.
Support package includes 495 oxygen concentrators, 120 non-invasive ventilators and 20 manual ventilators from excess UK stock.
On Sunday, President Joe Biden said the US would send raw materials for the Covishield, Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made in India, as well as medical equipment and protective gear.
“The United States has identified the specific sources of raw materials that are urgently needed for India to produce the Covishield vaccine, which will immediately be made available to India,” said a White House statement. said.
However, they did not mention whether they would submit any of the 30 million AstraZeneca doses of AstraZeneca that are currently in surplus.
The Biden administration’s top medical adviser on Sunday said the US would consider ways to help India deliver the vaccine.
Dr Anthony Fauci told ABC that the United States would look at ways to help, such as sending vaccine doses to India or helping it “essentially produce vaccines on its own”.
On Sunday, the European Commission activated the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism and said it was looking to send oxygen and drugs to India after it received a request from Delhi.
“The EU is pooling resources to respond quickly to India’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism,” tweeted the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
“We unite completely with the people of India!”
Alarm about the epidemic situation in India. We are here to help.
The EU is pooling resources to respond quickly to India’s request for assistance through the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism.
We are completely united with the people of India! https://t.co/Pv8ezFPdS3
– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) April 25, 2021
On Monday, an EU official confirmed India had requested medical oxygen and the antiviral drug Remdesivir and said aid could be provided soon.
Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said in a tweet on Monday that the country would donate 700 oxygen generators to India with EU support.
I am happy to say that the following works with @roinnslainte @HSELive @simoncoveney @DarraghOBrienTD Over the weekend, Ireland will provide support to India. An emergency donation of 700 oxygen generators is underway.
– Stephen Donnelly (@DonnellyStephen) April 26, 2021
The German Ministry of Health said in a news conference on Monday that it had sent to India the ventilator, monoclonal antibody, the drug Remdesivir, as well as surgical and protective masks for the N95.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman on Sunday said Germany was “urgently preparing a mission of assistance”.
– Steffen Seibert (@RegSsprecher) April 25, 2021
On Friday, India’s Ministry of Defense said it had imported 23 portable oxygen production plants and tanks from Germany, which would be shipped by air and to India within a week.
French Presidential Office Emmanuel Macron said France will send oxygen-breathing equipment to India in the coming days.
Pakistan has offered to send medical equipment and supplies after Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted prayers on Saturday for a “quick recovery”.
“As a gesture of solidarity with the people of India in the face of the current COVID-19 wave, Pakistan has offered to provide relief assistance to India including ventilator, BiPAP, digital X-ray machine, PPE and related items, ”Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeted.
As a gesture of solidarity with the Indian people before the wave # COVID-19, Pakistan has officially requested relief and assistance #India, including ventilator, Bi PAP, digital X-ray machine, PPE & other related items. We believe in policy #HumanityFirst
– Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) April 24, 2021
In a letter Friday to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the trust manager of Edhi charity in Pakistan, Faisal Edhi pledged to send India about 50 ambulances.
The Edhi Foundation operates clinics and orphanages across Pakistan while managing a fleet of ambulances in some of Pakistan’s most populous cities.
On Monday, Russian pharmaceutical company Pharmasyntez said it was ready to ship one million packages of the Remdesivir COVID-19 treatment drug to India by the end of May, after receiving approval from the Russian government.
In a comment to Reuters news agency, the Russian drug manufacturer said it was waiting for a legal basis to be able to ship the original version of the US drug Remdesivir COVID-19.