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Watch: 2 US Air Force Planes With Oxygen Cylinders, Masks Leave For India

A US Air Drive plane prepares to take off with medical provides to India

New Delhi:

Two huge navy transport plane are on their approach to India from the US carrying medical gear to assist in the battle towards a lethal second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin tweeted a video of one of many plane taxiing on a runway at a base of the US Air Drive earlier than taking off for the long-distance flight to India.

“Proper now, a @usairforce C-5M Tremendous Galaxy and a C-17 Globemaster III are en path to India from @Travis60AMW They’re carrying oxygen cylinders/regulators, fast diagnostic kits, N95 masks, and pulse oximeters. Due to @USAID for the provides & to all concerned within the effort,” Mr Austin tweeted.

The US introduced on Wednesday it was sending greater than $100 million in provides to India, days after US President Joe Biden promised to step up help.

The primary cargo contains 960,000 fast checks, which may detect Covid in 15 minutes, and 1 lakh N95 masks for frontline well being staff, the US Company for Worldwide Improvement (USAID) mentioned.

“Simply as India despatched help to america when our hospitals have been strained early within the pandemic, america is set to assist India in its time of want,” a White Home assertion mentioned.

The White Home mentioned it was additionally sending provides to India to provide greater than 20 million vaccine doses. The provides are being diverted from US orders to provide the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has not been accredited to be used within the US, news company AFP reported.

Nations have rushed provides to India because it contends with one of many world’s most catastrophic surges of Covid because the pandemic started, overwhelming hospitals and pushing crematoriums previous capability.

Social media is filled with tales of determined folks looking for oxygen or a hospital mattress for his or her family and friends.

Increasingly folks this time are complaining of breathlessness, which wants oxygen help. Nonetheless, the availability of oxygen has grow to be severely restricted because of the sudden leap in demand throughout cities and cities. Solely now the centre is operating “Oxygen Specific” trains carrying tankers to states worst hit by Covid.

With inputs from AFP

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