Shipments will continue in the coming days and will be accompanied by flights from Japan that also promise relief to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The first shipment of medical aid from the United States arrived Friday at India, which is facing an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases, as more supplies are expected from several countries in the coming days. A military transport plane Super galaxy more than 400 oxygen bottles, other medical equipment and nearly a million rapid coronavirus tests landed at the international airport of New Delhi, the Indian capital, battling an unprecedented health crisis.
Friday India reported a new world record for 385,000 new infections in the last 24 hours and almost 3,500 deaths.
Several countries have launched a major international aid operation and promised assistance. The delivery of U.S -that came from Travis’s military base in California– It emerged after talks this week between the President of the United States Joe Biden and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra modi.
“The United States is delivering a shipment worth more than $ 100 million to provide urgent help in the coming days to our partners in India.“, Said the spokesman Thursday State Department, Price Ned.
American officials said the special flights, which will also carry equipment donated by companies and individuals, will continue next week.
Over 40 committed countries
Japan announced Friday that it would also contribute to the international effort to help India and plan send 300 oxygen concentrators and 300 respirators.
“Japan is on the side of India, our friend and partner, in their efforts to combat the covid-19 pandemic with this additional emergency aid.”Said the ministry of Foreign Relations from Japan it’s a statement.
More than 40 countries have pledged to send medical aid, including oxygen, the Minister of Foreign Relations Indian, Harsh Vardhan Shringla.
In total, pledges of aid include almost 550 oxygen production facilities, more of 4,000 oxygen concentrators, 10,000 oxygen bottles Y 17 cryogenic tankers.
Hundreds of thousands of doses of vaccines were also sent, as well as essential components for the production of vaccines and medicines, added the minister. “This is an unprecedented situation“, He said Shringla.
India recorded on 18.5 million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including more than six million in April alone.
More of 200,000 people diedBut many experts believe that the real number is much higher.
In many external areas New Delhi Y MaharashtraHeavily affected by the epidemic, hospitals are running out of beds, oxygen and medicine, forcing families of the sick to try to rescue them by any means to save their loved ones.
Many crematoriums are facing a shortage of wood due to the extraordinary number of deaths, as each pyre requires between 300 and 400 kilograms of wood.
Indian government opens vaccination campaign on Saturday for all adults over 18, nails 600 million people, although it may advance a few hours this Friday before the desperate state of the pandemic in the country.
But several states have warned that they do not have enough stocks and that deployment is threatened by administrative disputes, price confusion and technical problems on the government’s digital vaccination platform.
The financial center of Bombay, in the state of Maharashtra, one of the cities most affected by the new wave of the epidemic, announced that it was forced to suspend the vaccination campaign from Friday to Sunday “due to unavailability of vaccine stocks”.
So far, health personnel and workers from “frontline”, Adults over 45 years old and people with comorbidities were able to benefit from one of the two vaccines of the campaign, the Covishield from AstraZeneca wave Covaxin from Bharat Biotech.
In total, some 150 million vaccines – that is, only 11.5% of the 1.3 billion inhabitants of India– Y 25 million of them received two injections.
(With information from AFP, Reuters and the media) .-