New Delhi: India received the first Covid emergency aid supplies from the United States on Friday morning as country's health system remains overwhelmed with record covid-19 cases. India has been adding over 3 lakh cases and 3,000 deaths everyday for past few days as the concern over Oxygen supply and ICU beds continue to rise.
The Super Galaxy military transporter that landed this morning at Delhi's international airport contains more than 400 oxygen cylinders, nearly one million coronavirus test kits and other hospital equipment.
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.
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.
As cases in India continue to rise, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and several other nations have also resolved to help India.