(New Delhi) The first shipments of British medical aid, including 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators, arrived in India on Tuesday morning, the Indian Foreign Office said.
Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted photos of material offloaded on a Lufthansa flight to Delhi, welcoming the example of “international cooperation.”
The UK, one of many countries to pledge aid as India’s health care system is overwhelmed by outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus, has deployed over 600 pieces of vital medical equipment.
A total of nine air containers of supplies, including 495 oxygen concentrators, 120 non-invasive respirators and 20 hand-held respirators, will be shipped this week, according to the British High Commissioner in New Delhi.
For its part, France has clarified the nature of its “operation of solidarity”, which is due to arrive in India by the end of the week.
It will consist of eight medical oxygen production units for each generator, liquefied oxygen containers, 5 of which will be initially transported to deliver medical oxygen to 10,000 patients per day, and specialized medical equipment including 28 respirators. This was reported by the French Embassy in a statement to AFP.