As on Monday, India witnessed a single-day spike of 3.52 lakh (3,25,991) COVID-19 cases taking the total active cases to 28.13 lakh. The world is starting to grasp India’s COVID-19 crisis. Countries are sending aid to help India’s COVID-19 crisis; including India’s political rivals, China and Pakistan. Others like Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and France have sent medical aid.
India is currently battling the second disastrous wave of coronavirus. With a death rate of at least 2,000 every day, the death toll now stands at 195,116.
Amid the faltering health system, media reports claim that cities across the country are running out of beds in hospitals, oxygen, and burial space. Even social media has turned into a space where Indians are helping each other with contacts for plasma donors, contacts for hospital beds, oxygen tanks and more.
In this grieving situation, fellow nations are lending their assistance to India. Earlier, India had sent around 361.94 lakh doses of anti-Covid vials to 95 countries, as per the Ministry of External Affairs.
The United States Of America
The U.S., after blatantly refusing to supply more vaccines to India or even lift the ban on the export of raw materials, decided to send aid to India. The U.S. is immediately providing raw materials for vaccines to Indian vaccine manufacturers.
“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,” President Joe Biden of the United States said in a tweet. US Vice President Kamala Harris said the country is working closely with the Indian government to rapidly deploy additional support and supplies. This move comes after the triggered global criticism that the US faced for refusing more supply of vaccines amid the surge of COVID-19 cases in India. This lift of ban will enable India to make more of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The U.K. has started sending ventilators and oxygen concentrator devices – a device that holds the capacity to extract oxygen from the air when hospital oxygen systems run out. 495 such devices are included in the aid sent by the U.K. – as well as 120 non-invasive ventilators and 20 manual ventilators.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a statement said, “We stand side by side with India as a friend and partner during what is deeply concerning time in the fight against COVID-19.”
Pakistan, on the other hand, has offered medical equipment and supplies. The country’s Edhi foundation has offered to send a fleet of 50 ambulances to India.
Brussels, the European Commission are planning to send oxygen and medicines for assistance. “There are many Indian people working in our health service. India is currently facing a terrible wave causing suffering beyond our comprehension. We are assessing a plan to provide oxygen and ventilators to India working with the EU,” said Tánaiste, Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar via Twitter. As per news reports, Ireland is to donate 700 oxygen concentrators to India.
Tech giant Google too has pledged support in India’s battle. Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, tweeted, “Devastated to see the worsening crisis in India. Google and Googlers are providing Rs. 135 crore funding to UNICEF and non-profit Give India for medical supplies, supporting high-risk communities, and grants to help spread critical information.”