The United States will distribute aid to India as hospitals are overwhelmed by the Covid-19 rise

The United States is deeply concerned about a massive increase in coronavirus cases in India and will compete with additional support for the Indian government and health workers, a White House spokeswoman said on Saturday.

“We are in active high-level talks and plan to quickly distribute additional support to the Government of India and Indian health workers as they fight the latest serious outbreak. We will have more to share very soon,” the spokeswoman told Reuters via E-mail. .

Washington is under increasing pressure to do more to help India, the world’s largest democracy and a strategic ally in President Joe Biden’s efforts to counter China, as it struggles with a record rise in coronavirus infections.

The US Chamber of Commerce on Friday called on the Biden administration to release millions of stored doses of AstraZeneca vaccine for delivery to India, Brazil and other hard-hit countries.

The United States is deeply concerned about the serious COVID outbreak in India. We work around the clock to distribute more supplies and support to our friends and partners in India as they bravely fight this pandemic. More soon.

– Jake Sullivan (@ JakeSullivan46) April 25, 2021

The Indian government has distributed military aircraft and trains to bring urgent oxygen to Delhi from other parts of the country and foreign countries, including Singapore.

The number of cases across the country increased by a record rise of 349,691 daily on Sunday, a total of 16.96 million cases, including 192,311 deaths, the Ministry of Health said.

The country of 1.3 billion people is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe, warned Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, in an op-ed published Saturday in the Washington Post.

He said about 2,000 people die daily, but most experts estimate that the actual number was five to ten times that level.

Lack of acid

Officials from both countries are engaged at various levels to ensure “a small supply of inputs and components from US companies for the production of COVID-19 vaccines in India,” a spokesman for the Indian Embassy in Washington told Reuters.

He said it was important to work together to identify ways to overcome bottlenecks in medical supply chains and speed up ongoing vaccination work.

Jha urged Washington to send oxygen to India, redundant high-quality test kits and personal protective equipment, including face masks, and drugs to treat COVID-19 patients, including sedatives and Remdesivir.

Jha also called on the Biden administration to share redundant vaccines with India and other crisis countries, noting that the United States had an estimated 30 million unused doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine used elsewhere, but has not been approved by US regulators.

Washington should also lift export controls on raw materials introduced through the Defense Production Act and an associated export embargo in February, Jha wrote.

White House Press Minister Jen Psaki on Friday said US and Indian officials were working to find ways to deal with the crisis, but did not provide a timetable for support.

She said the United States has already provided India with about $ 1.4 billion in health care, emergency supplies, pandemic training for Indian government and local health officials and ventilators.

(REUTERS)

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