The United States is sending supplies worth more than $ 100 million to India to help fight a wave of COVID-19 cases, the White House said in a statement Wednesday.
The supplies, which begin arriving Thursday and continue into the next week, include 1,000 oxygen cylinders, 15 million N95 masks and 1 million rapid diagnostic tests, the statement said.
The United States has also redirected its own manufacturing supply order from AstraZeneca to India, which will allow it to produce more than 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the White House.
“Just as India sent assistance to the United States when our hospitals were severely tested at the beginning of the pandemic, the United States is determined to help India in its time of need,” the White House said in an information sheet outlining the aid.
India’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic rose to over 200,000 on Wednesday, compounded by shortages of hospital beds and medical oxygen. The past 24 hours have brought 360,960 new cases for the world’s largest daily total, bringing India’s infection count to nearly 18 million.
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