Over 300 oxygen concentrators are scheduled to land today at Delhi airport as the country struggles with oxygen crisis amid more deadly second COVID-19 wave. According to a Government of India official based in the United States, Air India’s A102 is flying non-stop for over 15 hours to transport five tonnes (5000kg) of oxygen concentrators from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The official also noted that the Indian Mission in the United States and Air India are getting requests and inquiries from donors based in the United States to transport not just concentrators but also other medical supplies including oxymeters.
“The Indian American community, NGO’s and individual are inquiring about the logistics of ways to reach out to those who are impacted the most by the pandemic in India,” the source added. Also Read: COVID-19: India’s apex court asks Centre to share national plan on vaccination, oxygen supply
Meanwhile, the United States has announced that it will provide the raw material required for the Indian manufacture of the Covishield vaccine to India. The announcement was made after National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke on the phone with Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, expressing deep sympathy for the people of India following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
India on Sunday reported 3,49,391 new Covid-19 cases and 2,767 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the Union Health Ministry, five states — Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Kerala — contribute 54 per cent of the cases.