US President Joe Biden has pledged to send aid to a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, where hospitals are reported to be short of oxygen to treat patients.
The White House has announced it will ship the raw materials needed to make Covishield, a version of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine produced at the Serum Institute of India, as well as therapeutic agents, rapid tests for children, ventilators and possibly oxygen.
Supply Minister Anita Anand said on Friday that Canada
would be ready personal protective equipment, fans and
any articles that might be helpfulbut the federal government has yet to provide more details on Monday.
The Indian government is working to obtain medical supplies, including liquid oxygen and oxygen concentrators, a device that extracts air from the environment and separates oxygen from nitrogen, said Indian High Commissioner to Canada Ajay Bisaria.
We were ready for the big wave, but it turned into a tsunami that has nothing to do with what India experienced in the past and what we saw in the first wave.Mr. Bisaria said this in an interview.
Canadian aid remains uncertain
The High Commissioner claimed that Minister Anand was
very helpful connect diplomatic missions in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver with manufacturers, but the extent of Canadian assistance remains uncertain.
Canada has certain technologies for the production of respirators and oxygen concentrators. As for the bedside oxygen concentrators, we are not sure if they are manufactured in Canada or imported from other sources in the United States.– said Mr. Bisaria.
We have yet to meet drug manufacturers.he added.
Meanwhile, Indo-Canadian civil society organizations have joined forces.
rushed to help, he said. The Indian Red Cross is authorized to process COVID-19-related donations from overseas groups.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole said she supports sending aid, but also called for tighter travel restrictions.
Canada last week announced a 30-day suspension of all flights from India and Pakistan, but O’Toole said the government should take a tougher stance.
Let’s help our friends in India, but also stop international flights until we have the ability to keep options out of Canada.– he declared.
Security management has been criticized
NDP leader Jagmit Singh said that the situation in India
catastrophic and that Canada had to act as a citizen of the world because when the spread of the coronavirus explodes in one region, it affects other countries.
At the start of the pandemic, Mr. O’Toole criticized the liberal government for sending personal protective equipment to China, but argued that Canada was short of its own stocks at the moment.
His party sees the move as one of the government’s first setbacks in the pandemic. Conservatives believe Canada did not have enough masks and gloves for medical workers to fight the virus.
On the issue of sending aid to India, the leader of the Bloc of Quebec, Yves-François Blanchet, expressed his agreement, noting that the pandemic is wreaking havoc on a global scale and that we must show “unity.”
Canada claims to have purchased 2.7 billion pieces of personal protective equipment, of which 1.5 billion have already been delivered.