Large consignments of medical aid from several countries arrive to help fight new COVID wave in India

The Union Foreign Ministry announced the arrival of a series of consignments of medical aid, including 545 oxygen concentrators, from the United States and medical aid from the United Kingdom, Kuwait and UAE on Tuesday.


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As India, the country with the second highest COVID-19 cases in the world, struggles to fight the new wave of Coronavirus pandemic, several countries have reached out with large consignments of aid. The consignments including oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and other medical equipment have arrived in India, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday.

The Union Foreign Ministry announced the arrival of a series of consignments of medical aid, including545 oxygen concentrators, from the United States and more medical aidfrom the United Kingdom, Kuwait and UAE.

A flight from Kuwait carrying 282 oxygen cylinders, 60 oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and other medical aid arrived in India Tuesday.

Kuwait's Ambassador to India, Jasem Ibrahem JM Al Najem, was quoted as saying in reports that a ship carrying three tanks, each with a capacity of 25 metric tonnes, with a total of 75 metric tonnes, and 1,000 gas cylinders with a capacity of 40 litres and other relief material had departed from Al-Shuaiba Port for India.

Shipments of COVID-19 aid also reached the Mundhra Port from the UAE, India’s Foreign Ministry tweeted on Tuesday.

"Further consolidating our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. 7 ISO tankers with 20 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) each arrive at Mundra Port (India). First such shipment of LMO to India. Deeply value the support from UAE. Will help augment oxygen availability," the Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi posted on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Israel also announced to send COVID-19 medical aid to India, while India had received 28 tonnes of medical equipment and other medical supplies from France on May 2. France medical aid to India is reportedly the largest COVID-19 aid package to any country till date.

First Published:May 4, 2021, 11:51 a.m.

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