Covid-19: When the world came to help India 

Written by: Rajyashree Guha

(Rajyashree Guha, May 6) “India was there for us and we will be there for them,” tweeted US president Joe Biden recentlyCountries across the world are stepping in to help India’s overwhelmed healthcare system tide over the Covid-19 crisis. Here’s a non-exhaustive list. 

  • US aid to India is likely to exceed $100 million: Washington is sending ingredients for making 20 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine (Covidshield), besides oxygen kits and other medical supplies 

  • UK has sent three shipments of more than 400 oxygen concentrators.  

  • Russia has despatched 22 tonnes of oxygen production units, ventilators and medicines 

  • Sweden plans to donate 1 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses 

  • Australia intends to send 1.5 million masks for frontline health workers in addition to the 1,000 ventilators, oxygen concentrators and other supplies already shipped. 

  • Germany has pledged $60 million worth oxygen and medical supplies: Two consignments have already landed. 

  • Romania sent 80 oxygen concentrators and 75 oxygen cylinders while Czech Republic is donating 500 oxygen tanks  

  • Canada has announced $10 million in funding through the Red Cross society.  

  • UAEconsignment comprises 480 BiPAPs, 157 ventilators and other medical supplies.  

  • Bhutan and Bangladesh are sending stocks of Remdesivir.

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