U.S. to deliver $100 mln emergency COVID-19 assistance to India - White House

# 07:24
29 April 2021

The United States will deliver emergency COVID-19 assistance to the tune of over $100 mln to India in the coming days, the White House announced on its website on Wednesday, APA reports citing TASS.

"Reflecting the United States’ solidarity with India as it battles a new wave of COVID-19 cases, the United States is delivering supplies worth more than $100 million in the coming days to provide urgent relief to our partners in India. In addition, U.S. state governments, private companies, non-government organizations, and thousands of Americans from across the country have mobilized to deliver vital oxygen, related equipment, and essential supplies for Indian hospitals to support frontline health care workers and the people of India most affected during the current outbreak. U.S. Government assistance flights will start arriving in India on Thursday, April 29 and will continue into next week," according to the statement.

The assistance includes, in particular, oxygen support, therapeutics, rapid diagnostic tests, personal protective equipment.

According to the statement, the U.S. has re-directed its own order of Astra Zeneca manufacturing supplies to India. This will allow India to make over 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Also, the U.S. will deliver the first tranche of a planned 20,000 treatment courses of the antiviral drug Remdesivir to help treat hospitalized patients.