A US Air Force C-5M Super Galaxy transport aircraft takes off with medical supplies to India
New Delhi: Two massive military transport aircraft are on their way to India
from the US carrying medical equipment to help in the fight against a deadly
second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Right now, a @usairforce C-5M Super Galaxy and a C-17 Globemaster III are en route to India from @Travis60AMW. They’re carrying oxygen cylinders/regulators, rapid diagnostic kits, N95 masks, and pulse oximeters. Thanks to @USAID for the supplies & to all involved in the effort. pic.twitter.com/awtUFrT30D
— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) April 29, 2021
The US announced on Wednesday it was sending more than $100 million in
supplies to India, days after US President Joe Biden promised to step up
The first shipment includes 960,000 rapid tests, which can detect Covid in 15
minutes, and 1 lakh N95 masks for frontline health workers, the US Agency for
International Development (USAID) said.
“”Just as India sent assistance to the United States when our hospitals were
strained early in the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India
in its time of need,” a White House statement said.
The White House said it was also sending supplies to India to produce more
than 20 million vaccine doses. The supplies are being diverted from US orders
to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has not been approved for use in the
US, news agency AFP reported.
Nations have rushed supplies to India as it contends with one of the world’s
most catastrophic surges of Covid since the pandemic began, overwhelming
hospitals and pushing crematoriums past capacity.
Social media is full of stories of desperate people trying to find oxygen or a
hospital bed for their friends and family.
More and more people this time are complaining of breathlessness, which needs
oxygen support. However, the supply of oxygen has become severely limited due
to the sudden jump in demand across cities and towns. Only now the centre is
running “Oxygen Express” trains carrying tankers to states worst hit by Covid.