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India Focuses On Procurement Of Oxygen Related Equipment To Deal With Covid: Shringla | India News


NEW DELHI: India is seeking to source around 550 oxygen generating plants, 4,000 oxygen concentrators and 10,000 oxygen cylinders from abroad to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Thursday.
Shringla also said that India is looking to acquire 400,000 units of the Remdesivir drug from Egypt as well as exploring for it from countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan.
At a press conference, he said that more than 40 countries have come forward to offer assistance to India to help in the face of the unprecedented situation.
The foreign secretary said the government has focused primarily on acquiring oxygen generators, concentrators, oxygen cylinders, cryogenic tanks and liquid oxygen.
He said medical supplies are obtained through direct procurement and other modes.
Shringla said that two special jets carrying large quantities of medical supplies from the United States are expected to arrive in India on Friday with another likely in the coming days.
As India battles a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, countries around the world have announced the shipment of medical supplies to help overcome the situation.

Times of India