India received 1.25 lakh vials of anti-viral drug Remdesivir from the United States. It is the fourth flight that has arrived from the United States with necessary medical supplies as we are battling a new wave of Covid-19 cases.
“4th flight from the US arrives carrying 1.25 lakh vials of Remdesivir. Welcome this support from the United States,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.
On May 1st night, a flight from the US, carrying 1,000 oxygen cylinders, regulators, and other medical equipment landed in India.
According to a release on 30th April, the US deployed its first two planes carrying the initial emergency relief supplies including oxygen cylinders, regulators, and pulse oximeters generously donated by California, rapid diagnostic tests, and N95 masks.
Last week, the White House announced that the United States will be delivering medical supplies worth more than USD 100 million in the coming days to India to provide urgent relief as the country battles a new wave of Covid-19 cases, said the White House.
Under the immediate emergency Covid-19 Assistance, Washington is providing 1700 oxygen concentrators, an initial delivery of 1,100 cylinders, multiple large-scale Oxygen Generation Units to support up to 20 patients each, to India.
The Biden administration has also redirected its own order of AstraZeneca manufacturing supplies to India, which will allow it to make over 20 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
India is witnessing an unprecedented Covid-19 surge. With 368,147 new cases over the past 24 hours, India’s total infections stand at 19.93 million, while total fatalities are 218,959, according to health ministry data.