First Covid emergency relief supplies from US arrive in Delhi

First Covid emergency relief supplies from US arrive in Delhi


he first Covid emergency aid supplies arrived from the U.S. in India on Friday morning via US military aircraft amid a deadly second wave of the pandemic. India has been reporting more than 3 lakh Covid cases daily for more than a week that has strained the healthcare system.

A Super Galaxy military transporter landed at the New Delhi International Airport on Friday. It carried over 400 oxygen cylinders, other hospital equipment and nearly one million rapid coronavirus test kits.

The U.S. Embassy tweeted along with the pictures of the plane and the supplies, "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."

US officials said that the special flights will continue to bring equipment that has been donated by companies and individuals. Earlier this week, US President Joe Biden had said in a tweet that as India had sent assistance to the United States when their hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, they too were determined to help India in its time of need.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Mr Biden on Monday to discuss the current situation of the pandemic in both the nations.