First Emergency COVID Relief Supplies from US Lands in Delhi
The first US flight carrying Covid emergency aid supplies landed in India this morning. As the country is battling the second wave of Covid-19, the US military aircraft has brought the first supplies to assist India to fight the lethal second wave of Covid-19 that has wreaked chaos all over the country, straining its healthcare system.
A Super Galaxy military transporter that brought more than 400 oxygen cylinders, other hospital equipment and close to one million rapid coronavirus test kits landed in New Delhi's International airport on Friday morning.
The US Embassy shared pictures of the plane and supplies tweeting, "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."
The aircraft flew in from the Travis military base in California, after a discussion that was held this week between the US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Lloyd J Austin III , the US secretary of defence tweets, "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."
The US President Joe Biden tweeted, "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."
Over three lakh COVID-19 cases are getting added to India's case tally every day for more than a week now. SOS calls and messages for hospital beds and medical oxygen have swamped social media.
In the meantime, China, Russia, the UK and several other countries have also decided to help India.