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Covid-19 crisis: five tons of oxygen concentrators shipped from New York to India | India News

WASHINGTON: More than three hundred oxygen concentrators were shipped from New York to India on Sunday morning, according to a US-based government of India official.
Air India’s A102 is carrying five tons (5000 kg) of oxygen concentrators as cargo from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and is scheduled to land in Delhi at noon on Monday.
The wide-body airliner will operate nonstop for more than 15 hours. India is witnessing a deadly wave of Covid-19, with the country reporting more than 3 lakh of cases daily in recent days. The country faces a critical oxygen shortage amid a devastating rise in Covid-19 infections.
“Aside from this shipment that has been sent by Philips Atlanta, additional flights with oxygen concentrators will take off from San Francisco and Newark to transport hundreds of concentrators. The next flight from the US to India is scheduled to depart from Newark Airport and it will land in Delhi on April 27, “the US-based Indian government official told ANI.
The official also noted that the Indian Mission to the United States and Air India are receiving requests and inquiries from United States-based donors to transport not only concentrators, but also other medical supplies, including oximeters.
“The American Indian community, NGOs and individuals are investigating the logistics of ways to reach those most affected by the pandemic in India,” the source added.
Hours earlier, US President Joe Biden said the United States is determined to “help” India as it faces an unprecedented Covid-19 crisis.
“Just as India sent aid to the United States because our hospitals were overloaded at the beginning of the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need,” Biden tweeted.
The United States has announced that it will provide the raw material necessary for the Indian manufacture of Covishield vaccine to India.
The announcement came after national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke by phone with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, expressing deep sympathy for the people of India following the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.
According to a White House reading, Sullivan affirmed America’s solidarity with India. The United States and India are the two countries with the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world.
India reported 3,49,391 new Covid-19 cases and 2,767 deaths in the past 24 hours on Sunday. According to the Union Ministry of Health, five states (Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Kerala) contribute 54% of cases.

Times of India